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Volume 70, Issue 128, Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Life & Arts

'Clone Wars' helps tide fans over till May

Fan of the Force

Derek Lanphier

On May 19, the new Star Wars saga comes to a close as the story comes full circle. Once again, fans everywhere will line up by the thousands to see the last installment of the great myth of modern times. And what better than to have The Daily Cougar (and its resident Star Wars guru) count the weeks down to the what could be the best or worst Star Wars movie ever and let fans know about the coolest Star Wars stuff around. 

This will be the last time any of us will get to have Star Wars fever, the last time to drool over incredible visuals, the last time to laugh at the sometimes poorly delivered dialogue and the last time we get to throw huge wads of cash at George Lucas.

Star Wars: Clone Wars was a miniseries created by Genndy Tartakovsky, the Cartoon Network mastermind behind Dexter's Laboratory and The Power Puff Girls. The short animated feature is a great way for fans to reduce their Star Wars fever before the last episode hits theaters in May.
Image courtesy of Fox Home Entertainment

Any fan should definitely check out the Clone Wars miniseries. For those of you who don't know, Cartoon Network and Lucasfilm banded together to produce a series of Star Wars shorts that each lasted three to six minutes for the first two seasons and 12 minutes for the third.

The cartoons are directed by Cartoon Network's premier artist Genndy Tartakovsky, who created other popular series such as Dexter's Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls. The first two seasons of Tartakovsky's Clone Wars even won an Emmy in 2004 for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less than One Hour).

The first two seasons are on DVD and can be bought at any movie retailer while the third can be accessed at All three seasons together total about two hours and detail the events between Episode II and III -- so be sure to check them out.

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