If for some reason you just can’t get enough of “The Force,” well, “The Force” is with you! Lucasfilm Animation is presenting a 22-episode series called Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network.
The Clone Wars follows Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and other heroes as they deal with the troubles that come from the likes of Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress, Darth Sidious and other evil forces from the empire.
A pair of episodes will premiere Friday night on Cartoon Network, and the first one is titled Ambush.
We watch as the Jedi Master Yoda and three clone troopers face off against Count Dooku’s assassin Asajj Ventress and the massive Separatist droid army, trying to prove that the Jedi are strong enough to protect a strategic planet, and thus, help forge a new treaty for the Republic.
In the second episode (titled Rising Malevolence), the clone Starfleet deals with a Separatist mystery weapon in the hands of General Grievous.
The first episode, Ambush is directed by David Bullock (Justice League: The New Frontier) from a script written by Steve Melching (The Batman). Dave Filoni is supervising director, George Lucas is the series’ creator and serves as executive producer, and Catherine Winder is producer.
Because Yoda was so serious in Episodes I, II & III, part of the creative team’s goal was to bring back some of the impish-like clever behavior we first saw Yoda wield about in Episode V (The Empire Strikes Back), as well as his inspirational and warrior side.
So joke around, he will, I say! (Don’t forget to read that with that pitchy little Yoda voice we all know, love and respect! Be happy I didn’t write this whole article in Yoda-ish!)
David Bullock had this to say about Yoda:
“When I was storyboarding Yoda’s big fight scene in Ambush, Rob (Coleman) told me that George (Lucas) liked to flip a switch so that Yoda would go from very reserved to “springy. Overall, the episode is a good mix of the impish Yoda of The Empire Strikes Back, some serious, reflective moments, and Rob’s ‘Ninja Yoda’ for the action bits. And Yoda kicks some serious butt in this episode.”
Which I think is an excellent way to introduce the series. I remember when Yoda broke out in battle wtih Count Dooku in Episode II. I was just taken aback watching him bounce all over the place like a Ninja Superball with a light-saber! It was too cool.
The series premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is at 9 p.m. ET/PT Friday, Oct. 3 on Cartoon Network.
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