I don’t consider myself a Star Wars geek, not really. Like any child of the 70s, I went to the original movie and was wowed. The effects! The story! That hunky Harrison Ford! (Well, okay, maybe that last sentiment didn’t come along until much later. Give me a break; I was only six when it hit the theaters.)
Thus my love of Star Wars was born—in a mall cinema where I sat transfixed, hard-pressed to tell you whether the Jedis or the Milk Duds I was eating were more interesting.
When the “new” Star Wars movies started coming out, when I was older, I found myself somewhat affronted. Part of the allure was the cheesy special effects! But darned if the new movies weren’t pretty good, too. And now there’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars coming out tomorrow, and I don’t know what to think.
On the one hand, hey, more Star Wars! And it’s CGI, which might be really, really cool. Certainly the kids are eager to check it out. But on the other hand, Rotten Tomatoes isn’t impressed. And I’m a purist, you know? Although Star Wars was an animated TV series for a while, the movies aren’t (shouldn’t be) animated. I think.
Here’s some links to check out, just in case you want to investigate further:
- Go watch the official trailer, if you haven’t seen it already.
- Check out the Wookieepedia for information, or just because it’s fun to say “The Wookieepedia.”
- Read all about the movie in Scientific American (just like it’s real science).
- Or just find out the answers to Seven Burning Questions About Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
I think I’ll wait for this one to go to DVD, but then again, I’m a lightweight.