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Comic-Con 2009: Clone Wars Voice Actors in Action

StarWars.com Team | July 30, 2009


(L to R: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, James Arnold Taylor, Dave Filoni)

At San Diego Comic-Con International, Lucasfilm Director of Fan Relations Steve Sansweet chats with Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice actors James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi and Plo Koon), Dee Bradley Baker (all the clone troopers), and Tom Kane (Yoda, Clone Wars announcer) — as well as supervising director Dave Filoni — about their process, character building and why it’s so much to act like more than two characters at once. The cast also talks a little about their support of the original voice cast of Futurama reprising their roles during salary disputes.

How important is it to cast the right voice for an animated series?

Dave Filoni: At the end of the day we need actors to bring the characters to life with dimension and emotion. We’re not trying to mimic previous actors, but instead take nice notes of things from Ewan McGregor or Alec Guinness, but ultimately you have to be Obi-Wan Kenobi. For Dee with the clones, he had to invent how you do that kind of role and not just mimic a certain sound or tone.

What’s harder to do — voicing an established character like Obi-Wan Kenobi or coming up with a voice for a character that’s never spoken before like Plo Koon?

James Arnold Taylor: Well, there’s more pressure because you’re doing Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness and you combine them both and hopefully get something that the fans like. And if I’m doing it right, you’re not hearing me, or Ewan or Alec, you’re hearing Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Plo Koon was great though because it’s Dave Filoni’s favorite, and he was great to do the voice for. And I have to give Matt Wood a lot of credit too because he takes it and turns it into this whole other thing. There’s also more freedom in playing Plo Koon.

Dee, your clone voices are all alike and yet they’re not alike. You have to come up with individual personalities. An excellent example of this is in the season one episode “Rookies.” How do you make all of these characters seem different?

Dee Bradley Baker: It was very important for us to try and maintain distinct personalities and feel for each of the clones — which is something we try to do in all of the episodes. So we recorded each of the clones, straight through on their own — giving them different status, different ages, personality quirks. Giving them slight adjustments from the basic voice — a little younger, or a little gruffer. Then when you piece them all together they feel like they are distinct humans — which adds humanity to these heroic soldiers.

James Arnold Taylor: I always wonder if the clones sit around and do imitations of each other. Or have them talk to each others’ girlfriends. (laughs)

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Comic-Con 2009: Robot Chicken Skate Party!

StarWars.com Team | July 28, 2009

Boba Fett and Princess Leia on roller skates? Imperial Slow Skate? A dancing Robot Chicken? Now your spicy food-triggered dreams have come true thanks to the Robot Chicken Skate Party, which launched off their Robot Chicken on Wheels Tour at San Diego Comic-Con International.

Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, other Robot Chicken cast and crew, Clone Wars director Dave Filoni, members from Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion, roller derby girls, RC fans and Comic-Con attendees laced up their roller skates and danced the night away to an ’80s soundtrack that would put any John Hughes movie to shame.

VIDEO: Robot Chicken San Diego Skate Party!

In addition to roller skating, party goers could get their photo taken with a bigger than life-sized Robot Chicken mascot, as well as in front of the Robot Chicken backdrop with lightsaber props!

Here’s a few snapshots from the party:


(Seth Green in the house!)


(Robot Chicken‘s co-creator Matthew Senreich and Lucasfilm Animation’s Meagan Finnerty.)

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2009 Fan Movie Challenge Winners

StarWars.com Team | July 25, 2009


(The big winners of the night for Saber!)

Atom and Lucasfilm once again filled a massive Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con International with fans eager to see who would be taking home the coveted golden droid statuettes in the 8th Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge. Special guest presenters Olivia Munn (G4′s Attack of the Show) and Seth Green (Robot Chicken) entertained the crowd, while filmmakers showed off their cinematic tributes to Star Wars.

Out of the 22 finalists, who all had astounding films, here’s a list of the winners who walked away with a golden statue.

George Lucas Selects: Joseph Nicolosi for Star Wars Retold (Award introduced by Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni, and via video, George Lucas)

Audience Choice: Clare Grant, Rileah Vanderbilt, Adam Green and Mike Civitano for Saber (Award introduced by Seth Green)

Best Action: Clare Grant, Rileah Vanderbilt, Adam Green and Mike Civitano for Saber (Award introduced by Olivia Munn)

Best Comedy: Rich Scheirmann for Family Dysfunction (Award introduced by Director of Lucas Online, Bill Gannon)

Best Parody: Jeff Capone for Star Sports Theatrical Trailer (Award introduced by LucasArt Marketing Manager Matt Shell)

Best Animated Movie: Oscar Fabian Triana Mendez for Star Wars in a Notebook (Award introduced by Manager of Content Development at Atom Entertainment, Ian Friedman)

Spirit of Fandom Award: Joe Presswood for Star Wars Cinemagic (Award introduced by Lucasfilm Events Manager Mary Franklin)


(Seth Green presents Audience Choice Award)

Check out more photos of the winners and special guests at the Star Wars Fan Movie Awards here:
Fan Movie Challenge Awards 2009 Flickr Set

Seth Green: Guide to Comic-Con Costumes

StarWars.com Team | July 20, 2009

Entertainment Weekly/Popwatch Guest Blogger and Robot Chicken co-creator Seth Green gives a few tips on how to dress like a costume pro at San Diego Comic-Con.

So before you double up your brown bathrobe as a Jedi costume, read advice by Seth and the Robot Chicken staff: Mike Fasolo, Douglas Goldstein, Tom Root, Matthew Senreich, Kevin Shinick, Hugh Sterbakov, Zeb Wells.

Some of our fave tips:

SITH LORD: All the weight-hiding benefits of a robe with the slimming power of black. A go-to if you tend to Force-choke Hot Pockets more often than mouthy Admirals.

DOCTOR DOOM: Your cape gets smaller, but you still have full body coverage. If you can fit in the armor, the sculpted muscles will take care of the rest.

SPIDER-MAN: Now we’ve entered Spandex territory and are building a house there. We shouldn’t have to say this, but every crack and crevice will be visible. Proceed with caution.

Read the full article here:
Guest Editor Seth Green: A wear-it-if-you-dare guide to Comic-Con costumes (via EW/PopWatch)

Things Fans Say to Seth Green at Comic-Con

StarWars.com Team | July 20, 2009


Lobot <3 Seth Green

As we begin our San Diego Comic-Con coverage for the week, here’s a great guest blog entry at Popwatch from Robot Chicken co-creator Seth Green about the things fans say when they run into him at Comic-Con since he’s been attending for 14 years.

Here’s some of our favorites:

Hey, are you Seth Green?

How tall are you?

Why are you wearing a Spider-Man costume?

Can you leave my outgoing voice message?

Can you call my girlfriend?

You were great as Bud Bundy.

Can I follow you around and get into all the VIP parties with you?

Who wrote your Star Wars Emperor sketch?

Seth. Seth. Seth. Seth. Seth. Seth. Seth. Seth. Seth. Seth. Seth. Hi.

Check out the full article here:
Guest Editor Seth Green: Things people say to me at Comic-Con
(via EW/Popwatch)

If you want to bug Seth Green in person, but can’t make it to Comic-Con, check out Robot Chicken’s Skate Party Bus Concert tour, coming to a city near you! Admission is free, all ages are welcome.

Seth, Robot Chicken co-creator Matt Senreich, and actor/writer Breckin Meyer will be on a bus tour of roller skating rinks August 1-13, from LA to NY, with Gym Class Heroes performing in each city. For more info and updates, go to AdultSwimPresents.com.

Conan O’Brien Jokes About Vader Toaster

StarWars.com Team | July 14, 2009

Fans everywhere have already known about the epic Darth Vader Toaster for awhile now, but we’re still pretty thrilled that Star Wars fan and The Tonight Show host — Conan O’Brien — joked about it on his show Friday night.

O’Brien also did a weird nerd impression which seems rather ironic since it wasn’t that long ago O’Brien himself geeked out while visiting Lucasfilm and ILM. We’re on to you, O’Brien! We know you’re a fellow Star Wars geek, so don’t bother hiding it.

“Not making this up, the creators of Star Wars have invented the Darth Vader toaster that burns an image of into each piece of toast it makes. That’s true! The instructions say once it’s made users should spread the toast with their self-hate and shame.”

WATCH VIDEO: Conan O’Brien Talks Vader Toaster (via Hulu.com)

Darth Vader Toaster: Dark Side of Breakfast: Recipes and more! (via Starwars.com)

Michael Jackson’s Star Wars Collection

StarWars.com Team | July 13, 2009

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Pinsane.com just posted a great panoramic of Michael Jackson’s game room/collection gallery, which includes several Star Wars pieces. Can you find them all?

Check it out here (thanks to Stephane Faucourt and Mintinbox.net for the heads up!).

Princess Leia Visited the King of Pop’s Kids

StarWars.com Team | July 9, 2009

This week the world said goodbye to the King of Pop — legendary singer and entertainer Michael Jackson. As the world takes a look back at his long career, little to none is known about his private life with his family at his epic estate Neverland.

The New York Post takes a closer look at his life at home with his three children Prince Michael Joseph, Paris Michael, and Prince Michael II; and reveals how Jackson tried to give them all a childhood that he never had. One surprising holiday, the King of Pop introduced his children to Princess Leia herself!

According to The New York Post:

Last Christmas Eve, Jacko and his dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein arranged for Carrie Fisher to surprise the kids by reprising her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars at their rental mansion in Holmby Hills, Calif.

“Michael brought the kids down in their pajamas and said, ‘This is Princess Leia,’ ” said family friend Stephen Price. “They were so excited! She did her famous speech for them — the ‘Help me, Obi-Wan’ speech.”

Read the full article here:
Lifting the Veil on Jacko’s Kids: Inside Their Strange & Amazing Fantasy Lives at Neverland (via New York Post)

Capt. Reynolds Says: Vote for Fan Films!

StarWars.com Team | July 9, 2009

Actor Nathan Fillion is one of those actors who makes everything he touches awesome. He gave us the heebie jeebies as the evil preacher Caleb in the last epic season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. He gave Han Solo a (parsec) run for his money as one of the hottest, most sarcastic heartthrobs in the galaxy as Captain Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly and Serenity. He made us laugh as the egostical and dubious superhero Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

So when Fillion tells you to do something, you better listen up. This week, on Twitter, Fillion reminded his followers to head over to Atom to vote for their favorite Star Wars fan film:

Be sure to vote for your favorite flick to win the Audience Choice Award, which will be presented in a lavish ceremony at Comic-Con on July 24! Voting closes on July 10, noon PST!

Watch and vote for your favorites here:
Star Wars Fan Film Finalists (via Atom)

The Force is Strong with Pete Wentz

Bonnie Burton | June 23, 2009


Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz has been Force sensitive for some time. He’s tweeted about Star Wars Day, his recent trip to Skywalker Ranch, pondered about R2-D2 while on tour, and then bragged that R2-D2 was his new housemate. You can spot Pete’s beloved astromech here.

This year for his birthday, the rocker celebrated in Star Wars style. Pete Wentz dressed up as Han Solo, while his wife — singer Ashlee Simpson — went as Princess Leia (or is it Amidala?)

This isn’t the first time he’s celebrated his birthday with a Star Wars theme. In 2007, Ashlee bought Pete a Revenge of the Jedi poster as a birthday present.

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SOURCE: Pete Wentz Twitter