rolling around in huge piles of cash brushing the confetti out of their hair, the fatcats kind and generous folks at Lucasfilm used this past weekend’s Star Wars 30th anniversary bash in L.A. to unveil a two-minute teaser of The Clone Wars, a half-hour cartoon series that will air some time in 2009. Even though I should know better,I felt a twinge of excitement while watching the clip: the roaringthrum of spaceships, menacing buzz of lightsabers, and JohnWilliams(esque?) score get me every time.
Like the series of almost the same name that ran on Cartoon Network from 2003 to 2005, The Clone Wars will present events that take place in between Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.But the new show — the first project from the newly created animationdivision of Lucasfilm — opts for a less cartoony sensibility, embracinga vaguely CGI-ish look that is darker and more visually dense, whileretaining some of the character-design DNA of Genndy Tartakovsky’soriginal vision. (Obi-Wan Kenobi’s beard looks solid and sharp enough to slice through a Bantha hide.)
What are your impressions, PopWatchers? Do those brief shots of Yoda, Mace Windu, and an unidentified Fett get your geek juices flowing? Do you like the series’ dark new look? Will you still be waiting two years from now?