Recently visiting our local library, I was pleasantly surprised to find a large and varied collection of DVDs. Amontg them, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This is the CG-animated film that was released in 2008 and preceded The Clone Wars tv series on Cartoon Network. I hadn’t seen it yet, and originally it received some fair-to-middling reviews from the critics. So what’s my review?

Eh, it was okay. This is basically to set up the Clone Wars tv series that followed it, beginning with the introduction of Anakin Skywalker’s new padawan Ahsoka Tano. Following the events of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, we’re deep into the Clone Wars. Within the first 15 minutes, the characters are thrust into this strange plot to rescue Jabba the Hutt’s infant (larval?) son. The plot was contrived, and didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Jabba the Hutt is a vile gangster. He’s a Hutt. Why would he even care about offspring? Maybe this was more aimed at the kiddies, but it didn’t translate well for me. I also noticed that the animation wasn’t as fluid and life-like as the later animated series.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)