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With: Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor, Dee Bradley Baker, Tom Kane, Nika Futterman, Ian Abercrombie, Corey Burton, Catherine Taber, Matthew Wood, Kevin Michael Richardson, David Acord, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Daniels, Christopher Lee
Written by: Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, Scott Murphy, from a story by George Lucas
Directed by: Dave Filoni
MPAA Rating: PG for sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary smoking
Running Time: 98
Date: 08/10/2008

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Clone Rangers

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Based on a story by producer George Lucas, this animated adventure takes place somewhere between Episode II and Episode III. Whoever rescues Jabba the Hut's kidnapped son gets free passage through the outer rim. But Count Dooku has evil plans afoot, and Anakin has a new, hotheaded girl padawan (apprentice) to deal with. The film copies Lucas' writing style: stiff, expositional speeches and witless banter, and a plot full of holes. (Why is Obi-Wan Kenobi always off negotiating somewhere? How long does it take?) However, the crisp pacing offers a surprising low-key charm, and the characters even look a bit like hand-crafted, hand-painted wood! Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Daniels lend their familiar voices, but the rest of the voice cast is new. (Not to be confused with the awful, straight-to-video Star Wars: Clone Wars, from 2003.)

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