Tag Archive | The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Finally Returns Friday!

I am so excited that the award-winning “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” returns for its epic final season beginning Friday, Feb. 21! This is one of the main reasons I immediately subscribed to Disney+ when the multi-year packages were offered.

Rex and The Bad Batch

Rex with the Bad Batch team

I am very excited to see the further adventures of Ahsoka and Rex along with Anakin and Obi-Wan. Today the streaming service shared a new clip and unreleased images from the season premiere. Also, if you like this Star Wars Tweet, the account will send you reminders of when each episodes posted.

WATCH EPISODE 701 “THE BAD BATCH” CLIP:

Are you as excited as I am to watch this final season of such an amazing series?

Highlights in Fandom History – August

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – August

Today, I will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history during the month of August for the following fandoms:

Technology:

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On August 22, 1888: The “adding machine“, the precursor to the modern calculator, was patented by William Burroughs.

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On August 24, 1995: Microsoft Windows 95 was released.

Movies and Animated Features:

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On August 1, 1973: “American Graffiti” directed by George Lucas opened in theaters.

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On August 15, 1939: Wizard of Oz premiered in Hollywood. Check out the video the Origins of Oz from the Smithsonian Channel.

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On August 9, 1930: Betty Boop is introduced in the animated short, Dizzy Dishes. For more information check out this LA Times Article!

Disney:

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On August 13, 1945: The animated feature film, Bambi, opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Star Wars:

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On August 15, 2008: The CGI animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars debuted as a full length feature film and introduced Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan, Ahsoka Tano.

#AtoZChallenge Zillo Beast

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A to Z Blog Challenge Topic: Zillo Beast

What is the Zillo Beast?

The Zillo Beast is a very large lizard like creature from the Star Wars Universe. This creature was featured in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 2 episodes, “The Zillo Beast” & “The Zillo Beast Strikes Back“. Below is the entry from the Article on the Zillo Beast on starwars.com:


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  • Concept Art of Zillo Beast from Starwars.com


  • DESCRIPTION: An ancient creature accidentally unearthed on Malastare during an intense battle of the Clone Wars, the Zillo Beast was a monster of legend. The enormous animal proved to be nearly invulnerable to Republic weaponry, prompting intense interest from Chancellor Palpatine. At his order, the creature was incapacitated and transported to a supposedly secure research facility on Coruscant. The Zillo Beast would not be caged, however, and it broke free from its restraints, running wild through the crowded thoroughfares of the capital, leaving swaths of destruction in the wake of its titanic rampage.

    STATS
    Appearances: The Clone Wars
    Homeworld: Malastare
    Gender: Male
    Height: 97 meters long

    I thought that the Zillo Beast was a great addition to the Star Wars Universe. The Star Wars: The Clone Wars team did a fantastic job of creating and characterizing this creature during the two episodes it appeared on-screen.

    No words can express just how awesome The Zillo Beast looked on screen, even in animated form. Eric Goldman from IGN says it best in his review of The Zillo Beast Strikes Back:

    “The way the animators showed the Zillo’s shear mass, and how every move it made was destroying property and vehicles — and yes, sending some to their doom — was incredibly impressive to behold”

    The sheer size and scale of this creature, as seen in the images from starwars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode guide below, is just simply amazing and to me felt very realistic.

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    The Zillo Beast is also portrayed as something more than just a dumb creature, despite it’s size and scale. The following from Stooge’s review of The Zillo Beast Strikes Back from clubjade.com says it better than I can:

    “In fact, Zillo may be the smartest dude on Coruscant, since it’s the only one who can see Palpatine for who he is.”

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  • Teaser Poster advertising the Zillo Beast episodes
  • Update: per a Tweet from Star Wars guru Pablo Hidalgo, “Dave Filoni did the original sketches (for the Zillo Beast) and Randy Bantog did the final design”.

    Thanks for answering my question Pablo!

    Returning adventures: Re-watch of Clone Wars Episode Lawless

    I was searching for something to watch this evening and I decided to re-watch the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 5 Episode: Lawless that I still had on my DVR.

    Here are some of my thoughts on this episode after watching it again from a fan girl’s perspective:

    1) I observed during the first chase scene with Satine how the Mando armor changed color from the Death Watch Blue to many different colors. Now we can see the origin of the famous Boba Fett armor color.

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    2) I loved the whole Obi-Wan landing with the Twilight. That was one of the funniest bits of the season. It also showed us that he would go to any lengths to help Satine even flying that bucket of bolts! Which was a new insight into his character.

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    3) The whole reunion scene between Satine and Obi-Wan was not what I hoped for. Obi-Wan even when risking his life for her was still trying to keep her at arm’s length when she hugged him. However, he may just might not be comfortable to displays of affection like that.

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    4) I had a very emotional response to the whole Darth Maul torturing Obi-Wan by hurting Satine. That pulled at my heart-strings and if that was Anakin, Maul WOULD have gotten the reaction he wanted. Obi-Wan did not want to give Maul the satisfaction and kept his emotions buried, but based on his eyes he was feeling many different emotions including pain, love, worry and of course shock. Very well acted by James Arnold Taylor and animated by the Clone Wars team. This is one of those moments that showed just how far they have come in five years!

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    5) Satine’s death scene was a very emotional scene. The only thing I would have added was a whispered response from Obi-Wan like “I know” to Satine’s ” I have always loved” you line. The romance reader in me really wanted this, but I am sure that did not give her a response because he was hiding his emotions from Maul. Obi-Wan did not want to reveal too much of his inner self because Maul was watching him for an emotional response. I imagined that Obi-Wan was letting Satine know through the Force in her mind or at least deep, deep down in his soul so Maul did not see it and exploit it!

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    6) OK loved the whole Sith battle, but I do have one question. How did Sidious keep his hood up during that battle? He was moving around enough that it should have moved or fell off at some point, right?

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    7) I think that the ship that Obi-Wan departed Mandalore on was the same ship that Sidious came in, but not 100% sure. A question for Dave Filoni I guess…

    Well I thought I would share my observations on this outstanding episode.

    And as Obi-Wan would say..

    “May the Force Be With You, Always”

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