Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup

Greetings Troops, and welcome to this week’s TCW Weekly Roundup.

We got some major news this week with the official announcement by Lucasfilm of the release date and details for the Season 3 box sets on Blu-ray and DVD for The Clone Wars.

The 22 episodes of TCW come to home video on October  18, 2011 for a MSRP of $44.98 on DVD and $59.99 on Blu-ray.  If you haven’t yet made the high definition conversation at your home, the time to do it is this fall with the S3 Blu-ray release and the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray release.  If you have not yet seen TCW on Blu-ray then you are missing out, it looks even better then the HD Cartoon Network broadcast.  I will say that TCW is the best looking of any Blu-ray releases that I have seen to date.

The special features included in the box set are, five featurettes; Creating Kamino, Hutts and the Underworld, Witches and Monsters, Secrets of Mortis, and Chewbacca Returns.  The Blu-ray will also include what is called The Jedi Temple Archives, a format for bonus features that we have seen on the previous releases of TCW.  This seasons release includes: “An extensive database exploring special effects footage, early concept art, 3D character and object turnarounds, early animation and more than 30 deleted/extended scenes. The Archives is a rare look at the assets in various stages of creation for The Clone Wars, with a wealth of surprises and never-before seen moments sprinkled throughout. “

For a sneak peak to the S3 Bonus Features and to see a Trailer for the S3 set visit Starwars.com.

In other TCW news, we have an unconfirmed report that actor Sam Witwer will be returning to TCW for Season 4 in an as yet undisclosed role.  Witwer of course played The Son in Season 3 of TCW and played Starkiller in The Force Unleashed and The Force Unleashed II.

On Twitter, Joel Aron (@joelaron) the Visual Effects Supervisor on TCW posted a job opening on TCW crew.  Lucasfilm is looking for a Technical Assistant to work on TCW.  So if you have a BA in Computer Graphics or a related field and some familiarity with certain software, you should apply for a geek dream job.  Unfortunately my liberal arts degree leaves me rather unqualified.

Until next week, keep your Buy’ce on and your blaster handy.

Pete

 

Philadelphia Comic Con 2011

This past Saturday, June 18, a couple of friends and I decided to check out Wizard World Philadelphia, or Philadelphia Comic Con as it is more commonly known. I am pretty new to the whole convention thing, only having gone to Celebration V and Steel City Con before this. Celebration, as most of you know, is a Star Wars centered con and Steel City Con is a very small convention in Pittsburgh PA. I was excited to attend Philly Comic Con because it would be the first large non Star Wars con I have been to, and I was curious to venture into this larger world.

We arrived at the convention center right as the doors were supposed to open at 10:00 A.M. Right away I realized I had underestimated the popularity of this con. There was a line all the way around the block. It took about an hour waiting in line to finally get into the convention. Judging by the t-shirts and costumes, there were many fellow Star Wars fans in line with us. We even bumped into a General Grievous. Not movie accurate by a longshot, but I applauded the costumer’s efforts.

Peter Mayhew, Daniel Logan and Jake Lloyd

After we got into the convention, we went straight to the first of two Q&A’s featuring Star Wars actors. This one had Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett) and Jake Lloyd (young Anakin). Peter Mayhew sort of acted as host, and they all took questions from the audience. Daniel Logan quickly stole the show with his humor and big personality, and Jake seemed happy to allow someone else to take the spotlight.

Daniel had funny stories about playing against Jake in the arcade podracer game, riding in golf carts on set with Ewan Macgregor, and meeting Christopher Lee for the first time.

Jake said he doesn’t regret working on Star Wars.

Both Daniel and Peter talked about how much they loved riding the new Star Tours.

Peter talked about his fond memories of Sir Alec Guinness and Irvin Kershner.

Daniel said he would work on Star Trek if ever asked.

Peter Mayhew – “What do you get if you shave a Wookiee? A Klingon.”

Peter said he was informed over a phone call about the impending death of Chewbacca in the book Vector Prime, and he also received a signed copy of the book from R.A. Salvatore that said “Sorry mate”.

Daniel said he is still working on Clone Wars.

Daniel’s favorite movie is What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Favorite Star Wars Movie:
Jake – The Return of the Jedi
Daniel – The Phantom Menace
Peter – The Empire Strikes Back

Billy Dee Williams

The other Q&A was with Billy Dee Williams. There was a lot of discussion about some of the other projects that he has worked on, and about his art, but there were plenty of Star Wars related questions as well. As a side note, his art is actually very good. If you have never seen any of it I recommend seeking it out online.

He said he may be working on an upcoming Driving Miss Daisy project.

He spoke of his memories of working with Irvin Kershner.

His middle name is December, “..and I was born in April”

Women used to fall down when they would see him. He was afraid to help them up because if he touched them he thought they might die.

When asked if he would ever do voice work again for a Star Wars project he said, “There is something else that’s being done, but I am not at liberty to talk about it.” Clone Wars maybe??

When told that Lando is now married in the Expanded Universe Billy Dee said, “I gotta get that [book], gotta check it out. What does she look like?”

When asked if he liked the Prequels, “..billions of dollars are made with these things. People seem to really enjoy the adventure.”

Who was the most fun to work with on Star Wars? “Who was that guys sitting next to me? …. Nien Nunb”

Both panels were great fun, and most of the actors seemed to really enjoy themselves.

Convention Floor

The convention floor was packed with vendors selling comics, t-shirts, toys, and almost anything else a collector could want. I was personally able to find a Darth Vader Mighty Mugg to add to my collection and some Legacy comic trades that I had been looking for at a discounted price.

There was also an unbelievable amount of comic book artists at the convention. The only Star Wars artist I recognized was Tom Hodges who is probably best known for his art on the online Clone Wars series at StarWars.com. I picked up one of his sketch books, and he even did a sketch of Luke Skywalker in the back of the book for me while I was standing there. Very nice guy and extremely talented.

I also had a chance to talk to Daniel Logan for a few minutes at his signing table. I don’t collect signatures, but I do like to meet Star Wars celebrities when I get the chance. I had met Daniel in December and was so happy to talk to him again. He really takes time to talk to his fans and is a genuinely nice guy. It is obvious that he appreciates his fans and understands how important they are.

Unfortunately, I was only able to stay at the con for about 6 hours, so I had to rush to get to everything I wanted to do. I was very pleased with the Star Wars presence at the convention with 4 major Star Wars celebrities, a well known Star Wars artist, and all the comics and toys you could want. The convention was great fun, and I definitely will be attending again when it comes back to town. Next time, I will make better plans for dealing with the crowds and who knows, maybe I’ll even put together my own General Grievous costume. Probably not though.

Aaron Goins

 

The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup

The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup

This past week was a relatively slow week for TCW news.  The highlight of the week was the release on the official Star Wars website of The Clone Wars: Season 4 Extended Preview which was the trailer shown at Disney’s Star Wars weekends and until now only available on-line in bootleg form.   The trailer looks incredible, do they perhaps open Season 4 with the Battle of Dac and give us a great two part premier like Season 3’s Battle of Kamino?

Also on StarWars.com this week you can watch Season 3 episodes 3.09 Hunt for Ziro and 3.10 Heroes on Both Sides.

One news story that slipped under my radar screen was an award recently given to TCW Supervising Director Dave Filoni.  The National Cartoonists Society (NCS) held their awards dinner in Boston on May 28th.  Mr. Filoni won the 2011 Reuben Award for Television Animation.  Congratulations to Dave and the rest of The Clone Wars crew.

June 28th 2011, is Star Wars e-book day, when the entire catalog of adult Star Wars novels is being released in the electronic formats.  This is a great opportunity for fans of TCW series that haven’t yet taken their first steps into the Expanded Universe to branch out into Star Wars novels with books that are set during TCW era with familiar characters from the series.  Some of the books that will be available include:

 

  • R.A. Salvator’s Attack of the Clones novelization;
  • Karen Traviss’ The Clone Wars movie novelization , The Clone Wars: No Prisoners, and the Republic/Imperial Commando series (Hard Contact, Triple Zero, True Colors, Order 66, and 501st);
  • Karen Miller’s Clone Wars Gambit: Siege and Stealth duology and The Clone Wars: Wild Space;
  • Matthew Stover’s  Shatterpoint;
  • Steven Barnes’ The Cestus Deception and novella The Hive;
  • Michael Reaves and Steve Perry’s MedStar duology (Battle Surgeons and Jedi Healer)
  • David Sherman and Dan Cragg’s Jedi Trial;
  • James Luceno’s Labyrinth of Evil;
  • Sean Stewart’s Yoda: Dark Rendezvous.

 

The price on both Kindle and Nook for these books is $7.99, except for the short story novellas which are set at a $1.99 price point.

If you are a parent with a child who likes the TCW series but who may not love reading, then I highly suggest you try giving your child a Star Wars Clone Wars eBook.  Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire sparked my love of reading and hopefully one of these Clone Wars novels will do the same for your younglings.   Some of my favorite books include the Republic Commando series, the MedStar duology, and Yoda: Dark Rendezvous.

If you are drawn to the story of the Clones in TCW, then try out Karen Traviss’ books, the caveats being that the Mandalore described by Travis is different than that which appears in TCW and know that the final book in the series was cancelled, leaving some plot threads hanging.  But the Republic Commando based action was awesome and it certainly provides a different perspective on both the Clones and the Jedi.

The Medstar duology stars Ahsoka’s friend Bariss Offee and is a fun side story in the Clone Wars.  It features a mixed cast of characters and can best be described as Star Wars meets MASH.

By far my favorite Clone Wars era novel is Yoda: Dark Rendezvous, I can’t say enough about this book.  It centers on a two stories, the relationship between Yoda and Count Dooku and the interaction between two padawans struggling with their abilities, attachment, and the Dark Side.

Peter

 

Kinecting with The Old Republic. – SWR #2

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We talk about The Old Republic, we also discuss The Old Republic, we then had a great conversation about The Old Republic… We also discussed the “Kinect Star Wars” announcement, and Riley makes the case for a TOR  Television series or film and much more in the latest episode of the Star Wars Report!

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The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup

This Week in The Clone Wars

Welcome to the first edition of The Star Wars Reports’ weekly The Clone Wars (TCW) roundup.

On TheForcCast.net’s  Weekly ForceCast the hosts interviewed TCW actor James Arnold Taylor who let slip that he believes Tom Kane is the voice of Ackbar on the new Star Tours ride.  Might this be a hint as to who will be voicing Ackbar in Season 4 of TCW?

On the home video front we still have not received official confirmation of the U.S. release date for TCW S3 DVD and Blu-ray sets but the Canadian release date is October 25, 2011 which is in line with the previous U.S. release dates (November 3rd and October 26th).

San Diego Comic-Con is happening July 20-24th and Star Wars will have a large presence there.  I would expect a good deal of TCW news out of the convention including a possible official announcement of the home video release.

E3 the video game industry convention occurred this past week and Massively provided us with some new details regarding expansions to Sony Online Entertainments’ Clone Wars Adventures  on-line video game.  Including a new tower defense game called “Galactic Forces.”  The coolest thing about Clone Wars Adventures is that they added weekly updates to the game based on events and characters introduced into the TV series.  Hopefully they keep up that trend during Season 4 of the show.

This week also saw the release of issue #5 of Titan’s Star Wars The Clone Wars Magazine. Included in this issue are two comic tales “Repel All Boarders!” and “A Trooper’s Tale.”  There are also two episode guides for Episode 3.20 “Citadel Rescue,” and 3.22 “Wookiee Hunt.”  Features on Slave I, Jedi Master Saesee Tin, an Infinities look at what would have happened at the Nightsisters used their magic on Asajj Ventress instead of Savage Opress, and a profile on five characters who are “Ones to watch in Season  4.”

Aside from the comic stories I am most intrigued by the  “Ones to Watch in Season 4,” article which includes Cad Bane, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Pre Vizsla, and Savage Opress.  The show has built up a great stable of character models at this point and the trailers we have seen for Season 4 show even more new characters, I can’t wait to see what TCW crew has in store for us.

This week on Starwars.com you can get your TCW fix by watching Season 3 episodes, 3.08 “Evil Plans” and 3.09 “Hunt for Ziro.”  I just wouldn’t recommend eating during the episodes, Sy and Ziro are enough to turn even a Wookiee’s stomach.

Check back each week to The Star Wars Report as we scour the Holonet for all the latest news on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Peter