Archive for ‘The Clone Wars’



The Cinema Behind Star Wars: War Movies and Westerns

Bryan Young | September 16, 2013

For a series with the word “war” in the title, it’s no wonder that war movies and Westerns would have an influence on the stories told inside the Star Wars universe.

We talk about the influence of films on the Star Wars movies and the cartoon so much, I thought it would be a nice break to discuss a few books in the Expanded Universe and the cinematic forces behind them.

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The Cinema Behind Star Wars: The Godfather

Bryan Young | August 2, 2013

The Godfather had a profound influence on the landscape of American cinema after its release in 1972, and the Star Wars universe was no exception.

The Godfather is a masterful exploration of the human side of the mafia and the toll it takes on ones soul and family and was directed by Lucas’s longtime friend and mentor Francis Ford Coppola.

The underworld is a prominent feature of the Star Wars universe, from bounty hunters and mercenaries to the bumbling criminal bureaucrats of the Trade Federation and the criminal largesse of the Hutts.
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An Episode Guide Offers a Chance to Reassess The Clone Wars

Jason Fry | June 25, 2013

During its five seasons, The Clone Wars jumped around both the regions of the galaxy and the timeline of the galactic conflict it chronicled, taking us from Anakin and Obi-Wan’s adventures on the front lines to Padmé Amidala’s efforts to find a peaceful solution to the war in the Senate. We saw clone troopers and battle droids in combat, but we also learned about the ambitions of Mandalorians and Sith and were brought into the plots and schemes of pirates and bounty hunters.

For DK’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode Guide, released earlier this month, Lucasfilm wanted to present the episodes in chronological order for the first time, starting with “Cat and Mouse,” Anakin’s duel with Admiral Trench, and ending with “The Wrong Jedi,” in which Ahsoka Tano leaves the Jedi Order, seeking her own path. In all, we chronicled 108 episodes and the 2008 theatrical release, which was originally four standalone episodes.

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The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Seven Samurai

Bryan Young | June 24, 2013

We’ve talked in the past the influence of Akira Kurosawa’s films on Star Wars, but I think the one that’s had the most consistent influence has been Seven Samurai. Seven Samurai, released in 1954, tells the story of a group of peasant rice farmers terrorized by bandits. When the bandits come too early in the season, they inform the impoverished farmers of their plans to return soon to loot their food. Instead of yielding, as they had every time in the past, they decide to hire samurai to protect them and find a misfit band of masterless samurai to defend them.

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Chronicling The Clone Wars #11

Leland Chee | May 30, 2013

Satine on the run! Plus, the Season 2 finale featuring Boba Fett!

Satine on the lam
“Duchess of Mandalore” (S214)
On Coruscant, Duchess Satine is accused of murder. Now on the run from Republic authorities, Satine and Obi-Wan set off to find the truth.

  • After their failed attempt to spark civil war on Mandalore, the alliance between Pre Vizsla and Count Dooku will dissolve.
  • Davu Golec, Aramis, and Deputy Minister Jerec join the list of Satine loyalists who gave their lives for her pacifistic ideals.

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The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Jaws

Bryan Young | May 21, 2013

Steven Spielberg’s Jaws might be one of the most influential films in history. It set the stage as one of the first, true summer blockbusters in 1975, paving the way for the cultural hysteria Star Wars would cause just two years later. Add to the fact that it stands to this day as a fantastic, well-made film, and it’s no wonder that its influence has seeped into the world of film and has devotees among the elites of the entertainment industry. Bryan Singer’s production company is called “Bad Hat Harry” from a line on the beach in Jaws. Ain’t It Cool News’ best journalist, Quint, takes his name from Robert Shaw’s salty character. I once even accidentally proposed marriage to my wife in the middle of the USS Indianapolis speech. (True story, but one for a different time.)

Jaws is no less important to those who create Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The first time I realized there was a hardcore Jaws fan on the crew of The Clone Wars was watching the thirteenth episode of the third season. “Monster” served as our introduction to the now-iconic villain Savage Opress. The homage from Jaws was subtle and CG supervisor Joel Aron later told me that he thought I might have been the only person who noticed it. But in Jaws (and in a few other Spielberg pictures) there is a lovely shot of a night sky, a quiet moment, and a falling star streaks across the frame. The moment is repeated in loving memory in “Monster” and it brought a smile across the face of the film nerd inside of me.

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Chronicling The Clone Wars #10

Leland Chee | May 7, 2013

Cut Lawquane: Clone. Farmer. Family Man. And Mandalorians!

Cut Lawquane
“The Deserter” (S210)
While searching for General Grievous on Saleucami, Rex meets a clone deserter.

  • We arrive on the surface of Saleucami, mentioned but not seen in “Grievous Intrigue” (S209).
  • This episode introduces Hardcase, Jesse, and Kix, clone troopers serving under Captain Rex in the 501st. They will have more prominent roles later in the series.
  • Cut Lawquane is just another example of a clone trooper expressing individuality. We first saw it in Season One with Slick being a traitor fighting for freedom for the clones.
  • As an expression of his own individuality, Captain Rex ultimately decides not to turn in Cut as a deserter.
  • Cut and Rex play dejarik, the holographic chess game seen in A New Hope.

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Chronicling The Clone Wars #9

Leland Chee | April 29, 2013

Geonosian zombies! Brainworms! Barriss Offee!

Weapons Factory -- Super Tank
“Weapons Factory” (S206)
Luminara and Anakin act as decoys to divert new enemy super tanks, while Padawans Barriss Offee and Ahsoka attempt to destroy a Separatist droid factory.

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This Is Madness! Let Ahsoka Win!

Ashley Eckstein | April 2, 2013

Let Ahsoka Win!

Wow! I am so excited that Ahsoka made it to the Sixteen Strikes Back round! Thank you to everyone who voted last week but now she REALLY needs your help because this IS madness! The fact that Ahsoka is up against Chewbacca in this March Madness competition makes me a little mad because I LOVE Chewbacca! However, after having a chance to chat with Chewbacca at WonderCon this past weekend, we brokered a deal and agreed that Ahsoka should win this one ;o)

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This Is Madness: Vote for Ahsoka Tano!

Ashley Eckstein | March 27, 2013

AHSOKA NEEDS YOUR HELP! PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD AND PLEASE VOTE TODAY! #VOTEAHSOKA

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR AHSOKA!

ashleyAshley Eckstein is the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and also the founder of Her Universe, the first merchandise line made exclusively for female Star Wars fans! You can follow Ashley on Facebook and Twitter.