Situated chronologically between "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith" in the "Star Wars" saga, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" serves as the maiden voyage for Lucasfilm Animation, but despite the exclusively CG rendering, this anticipated new episode is at best a reasonable facsimile.
Frankly, given the newer installments' increasing reliance on CG effects, the transition from live action to animation isnÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã¢âÂ¢t really all that dramatic -- and that's part of the problem with the latest adventure.
Without the need for actual bodies and expensive sets, the sky truly was the limit for where the imagination could go here, but the largely uninspired "Clone Wars" feels landlocked.
In the absence of any extensive innovation, the video game-ready results play more like a feature-length promo for the imminent TV series of the same name than a stand-alone event.
Given the prolonged awareness factor, the fanboys and junior Jedi Knights should still be out in full force -- at least in the opening weekend -- producing stellar though unlikely out-of-this-galaxy results.
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