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Sasseen writes "George Lucas has announced that the animated Star Wars television show, which we've discussed previously, will be kicking off with a feature-length theatre release. Lucas felt that, 'there were a lot more 'Star Wars' stories left to tell. I was eager to start telling some of them through animation and, at the same time, push the animation forward.' A fully animated film will be released in theaters on August 15 with a TV series of more than 30 episodes planned to follow on Cartoon Network and TNT. Also of note from the article, 'A new character named Ahsoka, Anakin's padawan, will be the first female Jedi to be a character of focus'."
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Animated Film Set To Kick Off Star Wars TV Show

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  • Timeline (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cthulu_mt (1124113) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:16PM (#22421074)
    Not to nitpick; but where in the prequel trilogy did Anakin have the spare time to take a Padawan?
    • Re:Timeline (Score:5, Funny)

      by patrixmyth (167599) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:20PM (#22421150)
      And so we can assume that at the end of the series, he slaughters her along with the rest of the padawans? What a lovely cartoon moment that will make. Kids, hurry in, Star Wars is on!
    • Maybe they mean Anakin Solo (Han/Leia's youngest)? Did he live long enough to take a Padawan?
    • Not to nitpick; but where in the prequel trilogy did Anakin have the spare time to take a Padawan?

      I'm pretty sure that at the beginning of the 3rd movie, Anakin is already a Jedi (though not a master), although it's pretty clear that he is still partnered with Obi-Wan.

      There are over 100 books in the star wars extended universe spanning a huge timeline... Ok, I'm assuming at least a few slashdotters have read a fair number of these. Does anyone know if there's any mention of Anakin ever taking a Padewan?
      • Also, the Clone Wars miniseries on Cartoon Network gave the distinct impression that a few years have passed between 2 and 3. And what with, y'know, a war raging on, there's possibilities for a ton of stories set during that timeline.
        • I think the idea is that 10 years pass between Ep. 2 and Ep. 3, and the idea is that Anakin and Obi-Wan are *re*united for the mission to save the Chancellor; after 2 but before 3, Anakin becomes a Knight, and the two of them split up to go do their own things; Obi-Wan, having successfully trained a Padawan into a Knight is awarded the rank of Master, given command of an Army, and off he goes. Anakin, meanwhile, now a Knight, is sent off as more of a captain than a general.

          This would also explain some of

          • by PaulMorel (962396) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @01:22PM (#22422264)

            Also, in the upcoming Force Unleashed game, you play as a female sith. Supposedly the unknown apprentice of Darth Vader. The character in this TV series may NOT be killed when Anakin kills the other padawans, rather, she may fall to the dark side with him, and be the apprentice in that game.

            This is just speculation though.

    • Re:Timeline (Score:5, Funny)

      by Orleron (835910) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:47PM (#22421560) Homepage

      I've got a bad feeling about this.

    • by webword (82711)
      Padawan or ... mistress?
    • by johannesg (664142)

      Not to nitpick; but where in the prequel trilogy did Anakin have the spare time to take a Padawan?
      Come on, he was surrounded by Padawans. All he had to do was lure one to his room and, uhm, introduce him or her to his "light sabre"...
  • by geminidomino (614729) * on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:16PM (#22421078) Journal
    See that greasy, horse-shaped mark on the concrete? Have at it, mate.
  • Translation (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Jaysyn (203771) <jaysyn+slashdot AT gmail DOT com> on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:17PM (#22421094) Homepage Journal
    "I really, really wanted to squeeze some more cash out of this franchise. I have my eye on a small island, you know."
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:18PM (#22421126)
    I'm tired of every "new" story Lucas does taking place before Episode 4. Yeah, we get it, Annakin turns into Darth Vader. He's probably going to corrupt this new girl Jedi. Who cares? What happens to the Empire after the destruction of the second Death Star? The Rebel Alliance? The new Jedi(s)? Anything? Hello? Enough with the prequels already.......
    • by snl2587 (1177409)

      Enough with the prequels already.......

      As you probably know well, there were many books written after ROTJ detailing the events thereafter and not so many written about what happened before ANH. So, rather than contradict all of the fan fiction, Lucas is choosing to tell stories in a relatively uncharted Star Wars era.

      This is also one of the reasons Lucas has given for not making any more movies describing the events after ROTJ.

      • Lucas has demonstrated that he is perfectly willing (for better or worse) to disregard the continuity established in secondary Star Wars media. The origin of Boba Fett, the nature of the Clone Wars, and the "stormtroopers = clones" thing come to mind, and I'm sure a less casual fan than I could name a dozen more.
      • by ari_j (90255)
        So--and just so I'm clear on this--George Lucas wants to avoid contradicting fan fiction by introducing a character who is Anakin Skywalker's padawan, when it is clear that, in the time before he became Darth Vader he could not possibly have had one.* Are you sure that it's not just more profitable to cash in on existing characters in a time period well-known to the target audience than it would be to create all-new characters in a post-ROTF time period?

        * - Based on the fact that Obi-Wan had Anakin at h
    • by Fozzyuw (950608)

      Who cares? What happens to the Empire after the destruction of the second Death Star?

      There are some very excellent novels [wikipedia.org] out there that take place right after the events of the second Death Star destruction. Some say the "Thrawn" series is the defacto trilogy after RotJ.

    • They already fucked that up by letting every hack writer with a word processor turn his fanfic into canon. Those bitching about what Lucas has done to his own creation should check out what some people have done with the EU. Read enough of that crap and you'll eventually come to regard Phantom Menace as high art.
  • by VaDi110 (1238724) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:20PM (#22421156)
    Maybe Lucas can invite the Care Bears in the role of the Ewooks xD. IMO, a cartoon it is not a good end for the Star Wars series.
    • IMO, a cartoon it is not a good end for the Star Wars series
      But it's better than none, and better late than never.
    • by FredDC (1048502)

      not a good end for the Star Wars series

      No, I'm sure George will find new and exciting ways of continuing the "saga". Anyway, he can do whatever he wants, I'm done with it!
    • There already was an Ewoks cartoon series (which I used to watch before I knew they were from the Star Wars universe), so use the Ewok cartoon characters instead. What's your point?
  • Who cares? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by realmolo (574068) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:26PM (#22421256)
    The "Clone Wars" are boring, and we know how they end.

    Jedi are boring.

    Anakin is boring even for a Jedi.

    Lucas has a major hard-on for Jedi, but they are just incredibly limited as characters in a story. What we need is a "Star Wars" show based on a young Han Solo.
       
    • No shit, 'mano. I'd for one would like to see WTF this whole Star Wars universe actually looks like when the lightsaber-toting folks aren't around.

      (and maybe something, somewhere, that shows at least some rebel forces who do more than act as synonyms for the Star Trek Red Shirts?)

      /P

      • by vux984 (928602)
        "Many Bothans died to get us this information"

        Yup... just... one long trail of redshirts.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by somersault (912633)
      Jedi aren't really that boring (for example they're awesome fun to play as in computer games).. it's Lucas that's boring. He would make young Han Solo boring if nobody else intervened in the script writing.. meh.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by revco_38 (657452)
      Let me share a comment from a post here on slashdot a year or two ago regarding a younger Han Solo. They did make this series, it's called Firefly. At the time, I had not seen Firefly but that single comment made me go out and seek the series. I was not disappointed. To this day, that is still how I view Firefly's Captain Reynolds.
    • Re:Who cares? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by StaticEngine (135635) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:53PM (#22421672) Homepage
      We had that, kinda. It was called Firefly.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Lumpy (12016)
      Ohh OHHH! I got the title for you!

      Star Wars BABIES! baby anakin, Baby yoda, baby JarJar......

      I'll go shoot myself now for even suggesting it.
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by gardyloo (512791)
        Are there Ponies!!!! involved?
        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by Joe Tie. (567096)
          OMG!!! PONIES!!! Speaking of that, I noted that google docs actually looks a bit like the OMG PONIES theme from slashdot of years past.
    • by sadler121 (735320)
      Better yet, do a Movie/TV Series on the knights of the old republic.
    • That is what I always thought was missing from Ep 1-3 A Han Solo like charactor. A hero without the force and who isn't trying to be nice and goody and who isn't bipolar. Who treats the stupid characters as stupid and the smart ones with respect (not admiration).
  • by damn_registrars (1103043) <damn.registrars@gmail.com> on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:26PM (#22421258) Homepage Journal
    ... but wasn't the star wars holiday special also (at least partially) animated?
    • by Itninja (937614)
      Yeah it was. And it sucked big time. But it did give us Boba Fett, so I guess it wasn't a total loss.
  • Wasn't there some kind of Star Wars animated TV series a few years back? Did anybody notice?

  • by Kindgott (165758)
    I saw the "trailer" or whatever they're passing off that "we're talking this up and showing as little actual footage as possible" video as.

    As soon as I saw the "quality" of the CG and character design, I lost what little interest I had in watching these clone wars.

    And here I thought it couldn't get much worse than the animated shorts they had on Cartoon Network a few years back.
  • Ahsoka? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by 140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:30PM (#22421306) Journal
    Ahsoka? Will this character be like that Asok in Dilbert comics? The nerd from my alma mater, IIT?

    BTW, Emperor Ashoka, [wikipedia.org] won a bloody war, had a change of heart and renounced violence. His empire disintegrated shortly thereafter.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      I think he had to introduce a new character so that he can later re-re-edit the original trilogy showing this character to be central to the story.
    • Ahsoka?
      Bless you!
    • I felt a huge disturbance in the Force, as if Japanese speakers and students everywhere emitted a mighty groan...

      Ah, well. At least if the character dies, we could maybe hear some Jay Ungar and Molly Mason mixed in with the John Williams, as they play "Ahsoka Farewell".
  • And move on.

    He's DEAD Jim.

    I didn't even bother with the last set of movies.
  • by downix (84795) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:31PM (#22421332) Homepage
    <insert="darth vader no!.wav">
  • George, old friend, please tell me you didn't ruin another set of classic American movies. Sean Connery turning down his role I hope is not as telling as it seems.
  • by andphi (899406) <.moc.liamg. .ta. .maspillihp.> on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:33PM (#22421344) Journal
    "You don't want to sell me a new series. You want to go home and rethink your profession."

    "That's no franchise. That's a merchandising opportunity!"

    "Don't try to frighten us with your director's ways, Lord Lucas. Your hidebound dedication to that re-imagined franchise hasn't given you the clairvoyance to see what the fans want or the insight to leave things well enough alone."

    "I find your lack of plot disturbing."

    and finally

    "It's a Trap!"
  • Is it just me, or does the CGI look like your now cliche Saturday morning cartoon? Plastic toys brought to life? Or a bad tie-in Video game's cutscenes?

    No care in character design? No fluidity of momevemnt? No rendering time for clean textures? No unique style like Genndy Tartakovsky's "Clone Wars"?

    Assassin's Creed looks better than that, and its rendered in real time on a single X-Box!

    Star wars used to have some class, like the Holiday Special [wikipedia.org].
  • I've got a bad feeling about this...

  • by thomas.galvin (551471) <slashdot@thomasA ... inus threevowels> on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:38PM (#22421412) Homepage
    I'm being kind of pedantic, but wasn't one of the reasons Anakin turned all red-eyed and broody because the Jedi refused to make him a Master? So how does he have a Padawan?

    And, is she hot?
    • by Yvanhoe (564877)

      And, is she hot?
      I think this is an easy guess.
    • Re:Not a Master (Score:5, Informative)

      by demaria (122790) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @01:08PM (#22422008) Homepage
      According to Wikipedia, Jedi Knights can take on padawans. Jedi Master status is granted after successfully training at least one padawan.
    • So how does he have a Padawan?
      in secret, although I really doubt that would make much sense here then again Lucas will find some way to "make it work"... *shudder* this can only end badly.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by geminidomino (614729) *
      Usually, a Jedi isn't considered a master until AFTER he has taken a padawan and trained him to completion.

      Of all the things wrong with this entire concept, it's not the training timeline.
  • by SpeedRacer (41138) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:41PM (#22421466)
    I'd like to know who signed off on Anakin taking a padawan. After the council giving Qui-Gon and Obi Wan the business about taking Anakin as a padawan, did some low-level functionary who could be Force-manipulated get put in charge of assigning padawans? Geez. Even Societe Generale had better fraud controls than that...
  • ahsoka? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Speare (84249) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:41PM (#22421472) Homepage Journal
    Ugh, please don't tell me that this padawan resembles a Japanese chick. With all the other punly names in Star Wars (Grievous? Porkins?), the cliche phrase, "ah, sou ka?" (Japanese for "oh, really?") is all that comes to mind.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Acebob (1233768)
      I was actually reminded of the Indian Emperor Ashoka before any Japanese reference.
    • Re:ahsoka? (Score:5, Funny)

      by Erpo (237853) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @04:45PM (#22425438)
      General Grievous isn't such a bad name. I always liked to imagine that he had a whole chain of command underneath him. You know, Private Painful reports to Sergeant Shocking, who receives orders from Lieutenant Lamentable (or Colonel Catastrophic), both of which fear and obey Brigadier General Baleful. Maybe Admiral Atrocious comes to visit sometimes.

      For me, this is one of the major delights of the Star Wars franchise.
  • Star Trek (Score:3, Informative)

    by airship (242862) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:45PM (#22421514) Homepage
    I sure hope the animation quality is up to the standard set by the excellent 'Star Trek' animated series!

    Seriously, though the animation sucked, the animated Star Trek often had much better stories than the original Trek. Let's hope this series does as well. Only with better animation. MUCH better animation.
  • These are the padawans [catthouse.com] I want to see; hot grits optional.
  • by MosesJones (55544) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @12:55PM (#22421696) Homepage
    Does anyone get the sensation that George has spotted that the demographic for Star Wars is massively male and is now looking at flogging more toys to the other 50% of the population? You can imagine it now...

    Toy Industry Rep (TIR): We've just got the figures in and its great, we are selling loads of toys to boys

    George: What about girls?

    TIR: Well Star Wars is a boy thing so its not really targeted at them

    George: What about if I created a new animated series that had a female lead?

    TIR: Its still really a guy thing...

    George: What about if she wears lots of pink and is a ballerina princess with a cute white dog?

    TIR: Wouldn't that completely undermine the whole vision of Star Wars?

    George: Jar Jar Binks.....?

    TIR: Good point. Well George I'll get the focus groups working on it and we'll get back with the female character that most girls would buy the action figure for.

    George: Excellent, I'll go out and kill a horse while I'm waiting.

  • Potential (Score:3, Insightful)

    by DarthVain (724186) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @01:15PM (#22422118)
    Personally I thought the Clone War Animated Series was better than the real thing. I am not sure if Lucus had anything to do with that one though, so who knows what this new one will look like.
  • "...this is Chewbacca. Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk. But Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now think about it; that does not make sense!"

    "Why would a Wookiee, an eight-foot tall Wookiee, want to live on Endor, with a bunch of two-foot tall Ewoks? That does not make sense!"

    "If Chewbacca lives on Endor, you must acquit! The defense rests."

    From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chewbacca_defense [wikipedia.org]
  • ... a storyline about a band of smugglers being hunted down by Jedi.

    Oh wait, that was Firefly.

    OK, maybe if George just gave someone enough money to bring back Firefly with all the pre-Serenity characters I would be happy. Oh, yeah, and His Georgeness must not write or direct. Or produce. Or advise. Just pay.
  • "George Lucas has announced that the animated Star Wars television show, which we've discussed previously, will be kicking off with a feature-length theatre release. Lucas felt that, 'There's a lot more milk in them titties and ahm's aimin' to suck it all out.' Lucas, never one to stop while he was ahead, continued talking. 'I'm not content with just raping everyone's collective childhood memory of Star Wars. What's a single rape, after all? I kept it in a cage and went back to it repeatedly while releasing the new trilogy. Finally, I choked it to death with my bare hands, looking it in the eyes, nutting the moment I saw it die. I buried it in a shallow grave out in the woods. Well, it's been a few years and I enjoyed the experience so what the hell, I dug that bastard up and I'm fixing to give it another go.' A fully animated film will be released in theaters on August 15 with a TV series of more than 30 episodes planned to follow on Cartoon Network and TNT. 'Come on,' Lucas continued. 'You fags whinge and yet every time I rererererelease a new DVD, you lap it up. With every passing moment, you become more and more my bitch.' Also of note from the article, 'A new character named Ahsoka, Anakin's padawan, will be the first female Jedi to be a character of focus'. 'See what I did here? This makes not a jot of sense. There was no interval between Anakin being a padawan and falling to the Dark Side. It's chronologically impossible. It would make just as much sense if I said he fathered and raised a son to adulthood when cutting between two scenes five minutes apart. And you know what? You fags will still buy the DVD's! I'll see you nerds dressed up like Ahsoka at all the conventions. I shit in your mouths and you pay me money! My scifi cult's still legal in Germany. L. Ron Hubbard can suck my dick!' Lucas continued to rant long after the battery on my tape recorder died."

    Fixed it for ya.

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