The Other Clone Wars TV Show

I’ve now dis­cov­ered that there was another animated Star Wars series, in 2003. This one was two one-​​hour episodes of non-​​computer ani­ma­tion. Set in the period in between Episode I and Episode II. If the new series is good, this old mini-​​series is great. Still with the galactic-​​scale geekoidal imag­i­na­tion, but better pacing and tone. The ani­ma­tion and aes­thetic slides down the middle of early 70’s US cartoon (think The Mighty Hercules) and mid-80’s japan­i­ma­tion (think Macross) but with better sto­ry­boarding. And it mostly works.

On the down side, the Anakin Skywalker char­acter is just as point­less when played by a cartoon as when played as a cartoon by whoever that actor was, but most of the rest is upside. Even watching Master Mace Windu serially destroy upwards of 40 iden­tical droids in a single fight scene manages to be cin­e­matic and sur­prising. And I still have an hour-​​long episode to go.

So far, Recommended.

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