If you have been sitting around thinking "Man, there is nothing I loved more than the Star Wars prequels, I wish I had more alternative medium interpretations of that stuff, man that was great," I have good news for you. In a move that confuses me, George Lucas has bumped the brilliant Genndy Tartakovsky's Clone Wars from his Star Wars site and replaced it with promotions for The Clone Wars
If you were a fan of the stylized mini-series that Tartakovsky created and generally want to punch Jar-Jar Binks and anything involving the word "Padme" in the face, read on.
Clone Wars, the 25 part cartoon series from the guy who brought you Powerpuff Girls and Dexter's Laboratory, was actually fairly stunning. The action was better than the prequels. The dialogue was better than the prequels, because there was virtually none.
George wants to throw out all that stuff because it looked cool and generally reflected badly on his own moviemaking abilities. Or, maybe he just wanted to squeeze a couple of more pennies out of his cash cow, who knows. Anyway, he describes the new computer animated cartoon thusly:
...now we get introduced to the clones, which we didn't get in the movies. Now, they're like main characters and they really are central to the whole thing, and you can identify them and know who they are, and it's sort of like "Band of Brothers" only with Jedi. [laughs]
Wait, George, did you even see Band of Brothers. First of all Band of Brothers featured a small unit of American soldiers in World War II. Second of all if the examination of the clones is like the exploration of Easy Company, that would make the Jedi the Nazis. You just compared your heros to genocidal dilweeds. Congratulations. Would you like to compare Admiral Ackbar to Pol Pot now or can we move on?
...there's three worlds: There's my world that I made up, there's the licensing world that's the books, the comics, all that kind of stuff, the games, which is their world, and then there's the fans' world, which is also very rich in imagination, but they don't always mesh. All I'm in charge of is my world. I can't be in charge of those other people's world, because I can't keep up with it.
"Also, I can't license the fans' imaginations.... yet," Lucas added.