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'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Recap: Mandalore rots from the head down

star-wars-clone-warsImage Credit: Lucasfilm Ltd. & TMYou have to hand it to Star Wars: The Clone Wars for taking some major risks in its third season. First, the series hasn’t lately put the spotlight on icons from the movies like Anakin and Obi-Wan. Instead it’s devoted episodes to lesser known characters like Baron Papanoida, Senator Chuchi, Bail Organa, Shaak Ti, and Duchess Satine. The objective of the series now is clear: to show that the Star Wars galaxy encompasses many more stories beyond those related to the Skywalker clan. Second, with the exception of the season premiere episode, The Clone Wars hasn’t featured…well, much of the Clone Wars.

Last night’s episode, “The Academy,” followed up on “Corruption” with another story set on Mandalore. READ FULL STORY

'Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue' and other anti-drug PSAs from childhood: Which was the best?

I remember the first and only time I was sat down and lectured about drugs, mostly because I think my reaction was something along the lines of “Can I go now?” My attention span lasted far longer when my parents decided to let Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue do the lecturing, but I gather that the improved attentiveness was a direct result of the special’s gross overuse of the ever-hypnotic sparkle sound.

There are no sparkle sounds in any of the advertisements highlighted in this piece about anti-drug PSAs, but there are some memorable ones. I am, however, surprised I don’t remember more of them. (Especially the one featuring the Ninja Turtles. I would have liked to sling the insult “You’re a turkey” back when it was cool — um, assuming it ever was.)

I’m going to go befriend a magician now. Meanwhile, tell me: Do remember any/all of these advertisements? Did any of these specials/commercials actually have an effect on you back in the day? Which was the best?

My vote for the best still goes to Cartoon All-Stars. My biggest fear, of course, being that I would get high and cartoons would start talking to me.

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New Henson project: Could puppets get any cooler?

A dark comedy thriller directed by Jim Henson’s son, set in a puppet dystopia, is in the works at Lionsgate, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This, on top of the upcoming Muppets movie (written by and starring Jason Segel) and Sesame Street‘s sudden return to the zeitgeist, and I think we can officially declare that Muppets are back. Brian Henson’s Happytime Murders – which is not directly related to the Muppets and not, it seems, meant for kids — sounds like it’ll really give the Henson name some new cool cred, too. The script tells of a world where humans and puppets co-exist, though the puppets are second-class citizens. The puppet cast of a 1980s kids’ show called The Happytime Gang starts getting murdered one by one, prompting an alcoholic former-cop puppet to take the case with his ex-partner, a human. A little bit Roger Rabbit, a little bit Avenue Q, a lot awesome if they get it just right.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Are you psyched for Happytime Murders?

Read more:
Elmo and Grover on GMA
Jim Henson explains and makes puppets

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' recap: Greedo shot first!

chairman-Star-Clone-WarsImage Credit: Lucasfilm Ltd. & TMIn my recap of the last episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, I said that watching it felt like 1999 all over again. Mostly because of Jar Jar, of course. Tonight, the series went all the way back to 1977, revisiting some of the locales (The Mos Eisley Cantina! Jabba’s Palace!) that first made us all fall in love with that Galaxy Far, Far Away (GFFA) 33 years ago. Not to mention that “Sphere of Influence” saw the return of a certain Rodian bounty hunter, who, since his first appearance in A New Hope, has become the subject of a “Who Shot First?” debate the Warren Commission wouldn’t have dared touch. And you thought only Star Trek did time travel.

“Sphere of Influence” bridged the stylistic gap between the prequels and the Original Trilogy more effectively than any previous episode of The Clone Wars. Sure, there was a lot of Episode I in there. That famously derided line from the opening crawl of The Phantom Menace about the “taxation of trade routes,” took on a new meaning as the greedy Trade Federation blockaded the planet Pantora, much like they did more than ten years earlier (in GFFA history) to Padmé Amidala’s homeworld of Naboo. This time, though, the Trade Federation was trying to get the Pantorans to join the Separatists. The message was clear: READ FULL STORY

Disney's 'Tron: Legacy' and 'Tangled' event makes for some rather enjoyable whiplash

TRON-TANGLEDImage Credit: Douglas Curran; Disney EnterprisesWhen I say the words “a Disney movie,” I think we can agree that we all have a pretty clear vision of what I’m talking about: Family friendly, bright, adventurous, bold themes, big characters, obvious marketing tie-ins, etc. Well, last night I attended a special event showcasing two big Disney movies slated for the holiday season: Tangled (Nov. 24) and Tron: Legacy (Dec. 17). And while both films live up to all those aforementioned Disney movie traits, I am hard pressed to think of a more jarring double-feature I’ve experienced outside of a major film festival. The whiplash of going from a dark-and-glossy futuristic action adventure epic scored by Daft Punk to a storybook musical about a teenage girl with a lustrously magical mane of blonde hair is something I will not soon forget.

The evening started with footage from Tron: Legacy — first its 3-D trailer, and then about 20-or-so minutes of completed scenes in 2-D, all from what appear to be the film’s first and second acts. Many of these scenes fill in the missing bits already glimpsed in the movie’s gonzo trailers: READ FULL STORY

New 'Yogi Bear' trailer: It would be funny if they had actual crickets.

A new Yogi Bear trailer is now online. This one focuses extensively on Yogi’s elaborate schemes to steal lunches. Too one note? Then again, what else does Yogi Bear have to worry about ? (Does he even care about forest fires?) Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' recap: It's 1999 all over again!

star-wars-clone-warsImage Credit: Lucasfilm Ltd. & TMThe third season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars was subtitled “Secrets Revealed,” which has led me to wonder, what secrets in the Star Wars galaxy are left to reveal? I mean, even as the prequels attempted to keep Chancellor Palpatine’s Sith lord identity a secret, any fan could tell you that he’d someday become the Emperor and turn Luke Skywalker into his own human lightning rod. Last night’s new episode, “Supply Lines,” certainly did not have any secrets to reveal, although it did have some complex, back-room politics, a heroic last stand, and the return of a certain infamous Gungan. READ FULL STORY

Lunchtime Poll: Does 'Nutcracker in 3D' need dancing?

Some elements of the trailer for Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky’s The Nutcracker in 3D make sense: Elle Fanning plays a blank slate/child, Nathan Lane is a kindly uncle, and John Turturro is a Rat King. Virtually everything else is jarring! Rat King’s rage blackout at 1:42, the Nutcracker’s nickname “NC” (-17?), a killer helicopter that can jog. What strikes me as the oddest thing — other than the fact that NC’s face is a dead ringer for the orange lady in the classic Sesame Street clip “Orange Sings Carmen,” — is the lack of dancing. Does it even matter? Does anything matter anymore? Watch the trailer and vote below. READ FULL STORY

Emmys 2010: Who would you vote for in the Outstanding Main Title Design race?

PopWatch readers are way more important (to PopWatch writers at least) than Emmy voters, so it’s high time we figured out which people and/or which series would take home statuettes this year in a fictional Academy of Television Arts and Sciences controlled by you. We’ll roll out the bigger categories next week, but for now: Outstanding Main Title Design! Vote for the most deserving sequence after the break. READ FULL STORY

Jenny Slates's 'Marcel the Shell with Shoes On' is fantastic

“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,” from director Dean Fleischer-Camp and Saturday Night Live‘s Jenny Slate hits that Wes Anderson sweet spot of decidedly strange, very funny, and subtly sad. It’s wonderful: READ FULL STORY

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