Reviewed by: Stacy Braswell
|Featuring:||Samuel L. Jackson, Matt Lanter, Christopher Lee, Ian Abercrombie, Anthony Daniels, Tom Kane, Ashley Drane, Matthew Wood|
|Producer:||George Lucas, Catherine Winder|
|Distributor:||Warner Bros. Pictures / Lucasfilm Animation|
In this installation of the Lucas legacy (which is to be the kick off of a 100 episode television cartoon show) Anakin Skywalker gets a female padiwan, Ashoka Tano. She is willful, sarcastic and disrespectful which doesn't seem to flow with what we have been taught about how Jedi's in training should act. She is, however, except for one thing (mentioned later), quite likable and skillful. It does make sense however that Anakin would get a difficult padiwan considering he was also a difficult padiwan. She is chosen for him by Obi Wan.
Anakin and Ashoka are on a mission to rescue Jabba the Hut's son who turns out to be a quite cute baby hutlet. Most of the film follows Anakin, Ashoka, R2D2 and the hutlet. Yoda shows up a few times with Mace Windu as does Padme towards the end who lends a hand in saving the day. Some other old favorites who show up are Chancellor Palpatine, Darth Sideous, Count Dooku and C3PO.
Overall, the story flows very well. It is interesting enough to keep adults engaged but not so detailed the kids are looking at you going 'what?'.
The effects were… well… effective. One of my pet peeves with cartoons these days is the editing is so fast I can't understand what is going on and it ends up giving me a headache. The editing in this film was spot on, very engaging but not so fast you got lost in the hustle and bustle of it all.
Anakin, Obi Wan and even Ashoka are all rockin in their Jedi skills!
The worker droids are very funny in this and provide the humor in it all.
There is quite a bit of violence but most of the casualties are non human. No blood or guts just sparks and droid pieces. There is one scene where the decapitated heads of non human characters are presented. Padme is pushed around a little but not hurt.
There is a new evil female character called Ventress who fares to be quite scary and may scare smaller children. She wears a low cut blouse or halter in some of the scenes.
The extent of profanity in the movie is one “damn.” Other than that the worst is “scum” which is uttered a few times and they call the hutlet “stinky.” Twice you hear Anakin say “I hate the huts.”
There is a female alien who dances in front of Jabba. She is dressed in what seems to be either skin with no details or a full body suit. I think she is there for his enjoyment but didn't seem sexual.
There are two things that bothered me the most. Ashoka is very pretty and likable. (I personally am glad to finally see a female Jedi.) But she is dressed in a tank top (no straps, belly showing) and mini skirt. Her skin is orange, so it doesn't come off sexual, but it is still disturbing and not necessary to me (I have two young boys). She wears white tights, red knee high boots, black and white striped hair and bears an uncanny resemblance to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.
The other is Jabba the Hut's “uncle” Zero. Many times they refer to him as “uncle,” but he is purple, talks like a woman (a southern woman), wears what looks like feathers on his head and has his entire body tattooed. Both of my boys looked at me with confusion when he showed up, looking like a cross between Nathan Lane in The Birdcage and Ouiser (Shirley McLaine) in Steel Magnolias.
Overall, I loved this movie and will be buying it when it comes out. My children will be sure to enjoy it over and over as they memorize the lines and continue on in their own Jedi skills.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Minor / Sex/Nudity: Mild
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