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Star Wars: The Clone Wars 
Stars: Matt Lanter (voice of Anakin), Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka), James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi), Dee Bradley Baker (voice of Captain Rex), Tom Kane (voice of Yoda), Ian Abercrombie (voice of Chancellor), Nika Futterman (voice of Ventress), Catherine Taber (voice of Amidala), Kevin Michael Richardson (voice of Jabba the Hut), Christopher Lee (voice of Count Dooku) and Anthony Daniels (voice of C-3PO)
Director: Dave Filoni
Scriptwriters: Henry Gilroy and George Lucas (characters and universe)
Composer: Kevin Kiner based on John Williams' themes
Rated: PG for action violence (animated)
Running Length: 98 minutes
This film is meant to bridge the gap between Star Wars Episode II ("Attack of the Clones") and Star Wars Episode III ("Revenge of the Sith"). It is an animated film from LucasFilm and though colorful, the animation is flat, but does give the illusion in some scenes of 3-D. As befits a Star War’s story, there is plenty of action. Anakin is a general and Padma Amidala a senator. Anakin is a likable person and a leader. The beginnings of background intrigue are being set in motion, but the main character here is Jabba the Hut, who with his relatives, especially an uncle, provides humor for the film. Also, humorous is the banter between the droids who are slow to recognize danger.
As the story goes, Anakin is given a young apprentice Jedi Knight by Yoda. Anakin doesn’t think he needs an apprentice, but you know he will cave in anyway. It turns out to be a young girl, Ahsoka who is brash and know-it-all. Just like a younger version of Anakin. Ahsoka has red skin and white horns. She and Anakin are sent to find the kidnapped son of Jabba the Hut. The baby boy turns out to be a green slug, but Ahsoka manages to find something to like despite the baby's odd appearance. Jabba has his doubts about the Jedi Knights and thinks they kidnapped the child, instead. We know what is really happening and the story unfolds in front of us complete with light saber battles, villains, droids, and narrow escapes. This is in preparation for the animated television series of Star Wars that will begin on the Cartoon Network the fall of 2008. The Ahsoka character wasn't in the "Attack of the Clones" movie, so perhaps the cartoon series can explain this. 
The voices are quite adequate for the film, though the name stars here (Christopher Lee and Anthony Daniels) actually have minor roles. The story line goes round and round and I found it confusing at times, especially since many of the battles take place in dark places. Hence, the film may be better for children over age eight. I think a good ten minutes could have been taken from the movie and still have had a conceivable story. When the writers seem to run out of steam, there is either another battle. Look out…overr there… or bantering dialogue between Anakin and Ahsoka. Still, for Star War fans who can’t get enough, this will be satisfactory. Don’t pack that light saber away just yet.
Copyright 2008 Marie Asner




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