The long-delayed and much anticipated Fanboyscame to theaters earlier this year with little fanfare and promotion, confirming what was long suspected: it just isn’t that good. Now on DVD, more people have the chance to view mediocrity at its finest.
Fanboys stars Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler and Jay Baruchel as four friends and Star Wars fans who set out on a cross-country trip to break into Skywalker ranch and steal an early copy of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace from the cold grip of George Lucas himself. Along the way, though, they encounter dangerous Trekkies, pimps and Native Americans that look a lot like Mexicans.
I, like many people, have been skeptical about the upcoming Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie. After all, it’s an animated film, and Star Wars isn’t meant to be animated, at least not on the big screen.
Thankfully, the new movie trailer actually makes the movie look pretty decent. The trailer is treated no different than the previews for any of the other Star Wars film, with brooding music that leads to the standard Star Wars music. There’s very little dialogue – playing it safe, I see – and lots of long distance shots, which is where the visual effects look the best. All in all, this is a very good movie trailer, especially given the footage.
Unfortunately, I still think releasing this film to the big screen is a mistake. Yes, it’s going to make much more money than it would have on TV, but there’s just something about releasing an animated Star Wars to theaters that seems damaging to the series as a whole (yes, even given the fact that the prequels weren’t exactly fabulous). Star Wars: The Animated Series is a great idea, and as long as it stays on TV it can remain fairly independent from the movies. However, with its theatrical release upcoming, it’s going to be very hard to separate it out. And considering that the characters look pretty silly, that’s not good.
I just watched the so-called movie trailer for the upcoming George Lucas movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which is an animated film that takes place between the second and third movies. The movie trailer, which can be seen below, looks more like an unofficial teaser trailer, as it really is just a montage of scenes and special effects without any kind of storytelling narrative, setup or exposition. The trailer also ends on a cheesy note, which makes me think that this video is not intended to be any kind of official preview (plus it lacks credits and MPAA approval).
Anyway, I have no clue what to make of this new Star Wars movie. It’s going to be challenging watching a feature-length Star Wars movie as a cartoon, no matter how good the visuals are. The action will probably be pretty engaging as Lucas has always been good at drawing his audiences into battle sequences, but the movie is really going to struggle when the characters are on the screen and talking. The actual human characters are cartoons originally intended for the small screen – they certainly aren’t up to Pixar standards, and that’s a problem. Will I be able to get past the poor facial features and focus on the story? I don’t know.
Ultimately, I am 50/50 on the movie. Part of me is excited that another Star Wars movie is coming out, but part of me wishes that the movie just remain a TV pilot. If the prequel movies didn’t ruin the Star Wars experience for you, a theatrical cartoon version might. While I have to assume that this movie will make a decent amount of money, I have to wonder how many people will actually go see it. The casual viewer is not going to be so thrilled to go watch a cheesy Star Wars cartoon; it’s going to be for die hards only.
Only time will tell… Until then, here’s the Star Wars “movie trailer:”
A teaser poster found its way online a couple days ago from ShoWest for the upcoming George Lucas movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I must say – this movie poster makes the movie look pretty lame. After the artistically done posters for past movies, I would expect something a bit more elaborate than this goofy looking one.
I am really interested to see how Star Wars: The Clone Wars does. It’s a Star Wars movie, but it’s an animated Star Wars movies. It’s still going to make a good chunk of money, the curiosity factor will be there, but a lot of people are going to be turned off by the animated characters. The characters look ridiculously stupid, and it’s going to be hard watching them on the big screen. I’m afraid that this movie is going to further degrade the overall quality of the Star Wars franchise; this movie just wasn’t meant to be made into a cartoon, let alone released in theaters.