clone wars: premiere photos

Sunday was the red-carpet premiere of the new Star Wars animated “movie,” Clone Wars (I put movie in quotes because it was not originally intended to be released as a film – it’s essentially the three-part opening of the animated TV series with some patching to serve as a feature).  Much of the cast and production personnel were on hand (including the Great One himself (no, not Ben Burtt)!  I’ll be posting a review in the next few days (hint: I liked it more than the prequels), but, in the meantime, feel free to peruse my cavalcade of exclusive photos…



Inside the courtyard of the Egyptian Theater, vultures  the press get ready to ask everyone the same questions over and over again.  I guarantee you not one of them will ask George if he’s looking forward to the Phantom Edit of Episode III!


Here’s the view from the other side of the courtyard, if you were lucky enough to have a ticket that got you past the velvet ropes.  Proceeds from the $45 admission went to charity (although I don’t believe any of the funds made it to Prequel Recovery Anonymous).


Out on the sidewalk just outside the theater,  Matt Lanter (voice of Anakin Skywalker) signs autographs for fans who have been waiting for hours.  No, I don’t know why either.


Matt autographs a few more copies of the one-sheet, although he politely refused to sign the guy on the left’s head.


Delighted to be in a galaxy far, far away from the folks in the previous picture, Matt talks to the press.  [Ok, I don’t know for sure he was happy to get away from the fans, but just look at that smile!]


Catherine Taber (voice of Amidala) figures that if Matt signed for the fans, she might as well too.


Catherine hesitates as she begins to realize she’s signing contract addendums that have been snuck into the pile of photos.


Catherine talks to press but is thinking about blueberries.


Dee Bradley Baker (voice of all Clone Troopers) explains to the press that through the use of digital technology, he didn’t actually have to be cloned in order to voice scenes containing multiple Troopers.


James Arnold Taylor (voice of Ben Kenobi) thanks a reporter for the neat idea, but he probably won’t  ditch his middle name and go on tour.


Tom Kane (voice of Yoda) has yet to stop looking  like Yoda every time he speaks.


Matthew Wood (supervising sound editor and voice of General Grevious) gives back the autograph pen after fans learn that Grevious isn’t actually in the movie.


Defying all expectations and truly showing their commitment to its roster of artists, Lucasfilm let the writers in too (from left, Henry Gilroy, Steve “Grand Moff” Melching and Scott Murphy).


Troops from the 501st were on hand to serve & protect & show off their very large cod pieces.


One Clone Trooper wonders if it was worth $50 to be in costume all day and not get a chance to eat the free hot dogs and ice cream.


Trying really hard to prove that Clone Troopers are almost as cool as Stormtroopers.



 His royal worshipfullness reveals that his shirt choices make great monitor calibration patterns.


George wonders if the camera is true  hi-def, or only 720p.


Lucas does his best Brando impression for reporters.  They are impressed.


George explains how glad he is that the 501st Legion exists – having a worldwide network of fans with their own Stormtrooper costumes has been incredibly useful.  All he has to do is pick up the phone and, within hours, he can have characters from his movies populate parades, movie openings, press junkets and all manner of official Lucasfilm events. 


Lucas expresses his disdain for unofficial merchandise and explains how he’s doing everything he can to put the people who make fan-bought Stormtrooper costumes out of business.


Ever want to know what it’s like to kiss George Lucas?  Click on the above image, press your lips against the screen and find out!  Careful, his mouth is open!


 CLICK HERE to read the Darth Mojo review of Clone Wars!


8 Responses to “clone wars: premiere photos”

  1. 1 doubleofive
    August 13, 2008 at 5:48 am

    I look forward to reading your review, though I’m pretty sure what the tone of it is going to be…

  2. 2 David Combe
    August 13, 2008 at 7:12 am

    “Ever want to what it’s like to kiss George Lucas? Click on the above image, press your lips against the screen and find out! Careful, his mouth is open!”

    In SO many ways…No.

    God No.

    On the other hand, Pictures! Yay. Also the voice cast are alot more photogenic than I expected. I wager 50 quatloos Voice Anakin could have out-acted Anakin Anakin in the prequels.

  3. August 13, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Nice captions (except for that last one. Just ate.) I can’t wait for the review. Are you waiting on the embargo, or does that not apply to you?

  4. 4 darthmojo
    August 13, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    I didn’t know anything about an “embargo” on reviews until just now, when you mentioned it. I did a little search and saw what you’re talking about. Of course, it’s all bullshit. The studios simply don’t want negative word of mouth to spread before release, which can hurt opening weekend grosses (this is why bad films generally won’t have a press screening until the day before it opens – it gives people almost no time to get reviews up).

    No one can prevent anyone from posting anything they want about a movie they bought a ticket to and went to see. All the studios can do is blacklist people who don’t obey their wishes and refuse to invite them to future screenings.

    Why do some outlets, like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, have embargo-ignoring reviews up while other sites don’t? Because they hold the trump card – the studios can’t AFFORD to alienate the big boys, so they’ll turn a blind eye.

    I’m just a member of the public who paid his money to attend a charity screening. I’m not “the press,” so I have not been asked to hold back a review. Therefore, I won’t. The only reason my review may not be up before Friday is lack of time to write it! But now I feel compelled. I’ll try to get it posted by Thursday morning.

  5. August 13, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    SO glad to hear. I wasn’t sure whether you had gotten into the screening on an invite or not.

    You’re half the reason I went to see Speed Racer (twice) so I’m awaiting your take eagerly.

  6. August 14, 2008 at 8:47 am

    I wonder why the premiere used the Episode 3 stormtroopers when the movie has the episode 2 models? Weird. The “Sith” models are much cooler.

    And that closeup of George … eww.

  7. August 14, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    I was just looking at the photos and in the first one with the troopers at the top you can see me there in the corner. I agree with you completely on the review, if there was no Zero the Hutt and if the robots actually weren’t complete idiots it would have been MUCH better!

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