The Phantom Menace (32 BBY)
I'll be honest. I was never a fan of the prequels for so many reasons.
Attack Of The Clones (22 BBY)
But, when I stumbled across The Clone Wars Animated Series on Amazon, I thought I'd give it a go as something to watch with the kids. Right from the outset, I was hooked! All was forgiven.
The Clone Wars Animated Series (22-19 BBY)
The Clone Wars Animated Series is simply immense. The action, the plot lines, the characterisation, the production values. Immense. It's as if these were actually what the prequels should have been. It was George Lucas's final act. His final masterpiece. Unlike the prequels, the 'feel' was back in full Force. This felt like Star Wars again. It gave you that essential feeling of the original trilogy. And as such, watching every short 20 minute episode with my kids, I felt like a kid again myself! It was magic. So much so that I actually looked forward to coming home from work to watch the next episodes with my kids each night.
I'd never heard of Ahsoka Tano, Asajj Ventress, or Cad Bane before, and now suddenly they have catapulted their way into becoming some of my favourite Star Wars characters ever. Obi Wan Kenobi is brilliant, as are Count Dooku and General Grievous, finally getting the full attention that the films could never give them, and even Anakin Skywalker is a hugely likeable personality! Like I said it's immense. Perfectly captures the Star Wars feel. Flawless I would go as far to say. All was forgiven.
Revenge Of The Sith (19 BBY)
The Clone Wars Animated Series was so immense in fact, that the kids even asked if we could make an episode of our own. Of course I excitedly said yes with great enthusiasm, like any good Dad would ... and then immediately panicked about how I was supposed to fulfil the promise? ... Cue Star Wars Lego toys and the iPad camera again!
Ok, the production values compared to the actual show are somewhat low to say the least, but it was great fun for us all to make. And that was the whole point. A bit of fun and fantastic parent child bonding. Hope you enjoy it too!
May The Fun Stay With You.