The first portion of the animated series is now on
DVD.

Cast and Crew

Anthony Daniels provides the voice of C-3P0
.
The remaining voice cast are sound-alikes, detailed at
the IMDB page
below.


Complete information is
available from this
IMDB
page
.


Buy from: Amazon.com
or Amazon.ca

Past TV reviews can be found here.

Synopsis

The events taking place during the Clone Wars are
depicted here, with
hints about what is to come in episode III.

High Point

Mace Windu in action.

Low Point

The first half is utterly plotless.

The Review

The originality is poor; it’s a collection of
Star
Wars
action sequences. We’ve seen it all before,
but we love it
anyway. I give it 2 out of 6.

The animation is very smooth, with a natural
blend of
traditional and CGI work. I’m fairly impressed with
the fluidity, if
not the actual character design. I give it 5 out of
6.

The story is very, very weak. The first half
has no plot;
it’s a series of battles that take place during the
war. The second
half starts to introduce actual events, but there’s
still not a
complete story here. It feels like fans who love
Star Wars
were allowed to brand things with the name, but
weren’t allowed to
actually do anything of signifigance with it so that
they didn’t
contradict episode III. I give it 2 out of 6.

The voice acting isn’t bad. Some of the
sound alike don’t
sound much like the original actors, but others aren’t
bad. (Well,
really, it’s a matter of the voices; some of the voice
actors do well
with one character and poorly with another.) The
actual expression and
delivery is pretty good, though. I give it 4 out of
6.

The emotional response is good, in spite of
the problems
above. Let’s face it; Star Wars has always
done a much
better job with action scenes than withh actual plot,
and that’s
exactly what we have here. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production is well done as far as music
and editing are
concerned. However, with an animated series,
character design is also
an aspect of the production, since that’s a
significant part of the
look and feel of the work. These character designs
just didn’t feel
like Star Wars to me. They were entirely to
blocky around
the face and curved in the arms. It just didn’t sit
right. I give it
4 out of 6.

Overall, it’s entertaining as an hour long
action sequence
set in the Star Wars universe, but that’s
about it. For the
serious fans only. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 1
receives 26 out of 42.