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STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS

SYNOPSIS:
As the Clone Wars sweep through the galaxy, Anakin Skywalker (voice of Matt Lanter) and his Padawan intern, Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), find themselves on a mission to rescue the kidnapped infant son of crime lord Jabba the Hutt (Kevin Michael Richardson). The only reason being that the Jedi need Jabba's co-operation in their war against the separatists. But Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) and his agents, including the nefarious Asajj Ventress (Nika Futterman), have put in train a scheme that threatens Skywalker's mission. Meanwhile, on the front lines of the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) and Master Yoda (Tom Kane) lead the massive clone army in a valiant effort to resist the forces of the dark side.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The undemanding and the young will have a good time at Clone Wars, but some of us are wondering why this was made - other than for the money. The animation seems to have been outsourced to two factories: one for the galactic battles and machines, the other for the Jedi and related characters. The latter seem clunky and simplistic, much like the film's screenplay, which take great pains to spell out the plot in detail at every opportunity.

It's a tale of manipulative scheming by Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) and involving kidnapping and double crossing. There is a tired air to it all, though, and the battles are a bit repetitive, while much of the Star Wars visual novelty is no longer that novel.

There are a few pluses, though, including a lovely voice performance by Ashley Eckstein as a smart, feisty and sassy intern to Anakin Skywalker, providing the kind of push-pull relationship that drives many romantic comedies. Also notable are some throw-away lines by clones, some fun with the kidnapped infant, and the remnants of John Williams' fantastic score.

Take the kids, buy the popcorn, feed ... er feel the force.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (PG)
(US/Singapore, 2008)

VOICES: Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor, Dee Bradley Baker, Tom Kane, Nike Futterman, Ian Abercrombie, Corey Burton, Catherine Taber, Matthew Wood, Kevin Michael Richardson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Daniels, Christopher Lee

NARRATION: Tom Kane

PRODUCER: George Lucas, Catherine Winder

DIRECTOR: Dave Filoni

SCRIPT: Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, Scott Murphy (story George Lucas)

EDITOR: Jason Tucker

MUSIC: Kevin Kiner

PRODUCTION DESIGN: n/a

RUNNING TIME: 98 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 14, 2008







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