Cybersurfing: Fan boy clones Star Wars


The Los Angeles Times ha a profile of Dave Filoni, the STAR WARS fan plucked from obscurity to animate a new STAR WARS cartoon for television. The article claims that Filoni did so well that franchise creator George Lucas decided to let him and his team make STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, the new computer-animated film opening today. (This sounds somewhat at odds with this New York Times profile of Lucas from June, which implied that the film came about as a way of generating interest in the TV series, which had been unable to scure a network deal.) Fiolini is, needless to say, in fan-boy heaven:

“I can’t even begin to tell you how strange and wonderful and great it’s been,” said Filoni, who has an earnest manner and easy laugh. “Just getting to meet George Lucas was pretty amazing, and then working with him and getting to be part of this process . . . it’s a great responsibility. I feel like my job is to bring his universe to the screen and make sure it lives up to the standards he’s set.”

CLONE WARS takes place between ATTACK OF THE CLONES and REVENGE OF THE SITH. A few of the voices will be provided by th live-action actors (Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels), but most will be replacements. The weekly series of 30-minute CLONE WARS episodes will debut on Cartoon Network and TNT in the fall.

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Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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