In this edition of Star Wars Bits:
- Star Wars: Squadrons CG short “Hunted” Ushers in New Era of Star Wars Storytelling
- The Star Wars Archives 1977–1983 Gets Re-Release
- Liam Neeson Praises The Phantom Menace
- Babu Frik Is Now a Talking Plush Toy
- Podcast & YouTube Round-Up
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I was five when my father dragged me to the first installment of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy: The Phantom Menace, in 1999. Five-year-old me had no understanding that Star Wars was a long-established galaxy, that other stories existed, that those stories existed chronologically ahead of this Phantom Menace movie. George Lucas’s Episode I: The Phantom Menace served as a new realm, yet five-year-old me felt that this cosmic world seemed familiar to everyone else around us in the theatre.
The Phantom Menace was a terrifying experience for me. What a bizarre visual concoction that transpired before my five-year-old eyes. My five-year-old brain did not have a conscious criteria of what made a good quality film. Five-year-old me didn’t have the visual literacy of judging the quality of the computer-generated landscapes and characters themselves. Five-year-old me could not follow the story, the mission of the Jedi, and the politics plaguing the proceedings. What five-year-old me did know was that so much moved on the screen.
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Posted on Sunday, December 13th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is almost upon us and you know what that means…it’s time to revisit the rest of the Star Wars saga for the thousandth time (give or take a few viewings). To get through the final days leading up the biggest movie geek event of the past decade, we’re dedicating each day this week to one of the other six Star Wars movies. It’s time to chat about what we love about each movie and what we don’t love. It’s time to bring up the common nitpicks and the most beloved scenes, the tiny little details we love and the the concepts that don’t get enough attention.
Consider this your invitation to use the comments section below as a catch-all for any kind of Star Wars conversation you desire. This week is for you. The fan. Enjoy it.
Today’s subject: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
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Many forms of media are present in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Vinyl, video games, television, movies, comic books and so much more. Below, read about the following:
- John Williams‘ score for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is now on vinyl.
- Photos of Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens leak.
- See the Boba Fett Disney Infinity 3.0 figure and a new E3 trailer.
- Visceral Games continues to tease a new Star Wars game.
- Watch a new clip from Star Wars Rebels season 2.
- See a variant cover for the comic Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1.
- Watch a conversation with Frank Oz from Disney’s Star Wars Weekends.
- Gawker Media offers to buy the script for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Mark Hamill‘s role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is questioned.
- What Force Awakens ship could also appear in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One?
- How does Finn fit in between the Resistance and First Order?
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Kan Bonfils, an actor who appeared in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins and Skyfall, died earlier this week while rehearsing for his latest play. He was prepping a show called Dante’s Inferno in London when he collapsed and was unable to be revived. The cause of death was unknown.
Bonfils appeared as Jedi Master Saesee Tiin in The Phantom Menace, as well as a member of the League of Shadows in Batman Begins (above) and a henchman in Skyfall. He was 42 years old. [BBC]
Fifteen years ago, this was it. This was everything I wanted from the Internet. Access behind the scenes of the new Star Wars movie. Today, not much has changed. We’d all kill for even a glimpse at what was going on on the set of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars The Force Awakens. But we’ll have to wait, just like we did in 1999 when George Lucas released Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Maybe in fifteen years, and probably sooner, we’ll see what happened on the set of The Force Awakens. Today, we’ll have to settle for 150 photos from the production of another highly anticipated Lucasfilm blockbuster. Below, see 150 behind the scenes photos from George Lucas’ Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Read More »
Lego, George Lucas and lens flairs were only the beginning. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer has only been out for three full days and already the parodies and reactions are impossible to keep up with. As you read this, someone is creating something new – and likely funny – about the trailer. Case in point, multiple new parodies have hit the web. There’s one poking fun at the fact it’s the first Disney film, two taking The Phantom Menace and retrofitting it to this style, a Spaceballs version as well as The Empire Strikes Back. Watch a bunch of new Force Awakens trailer parodies below. Read More »
Disney has a conundrum with Star Wars Episode VII. Yes, they’re making a highly-anticipated sequel to one of the greatest franchises of all time. But it’s also a sequel to six other films. Audiences will likely need an intimate knowledge of those films. And Disney doesn’t own the rights to those movies. So how do you promote six movies you don’t own, but are necessary to your blockbuster? New media.
A few weeks back, Disney announced they’d be releasing children’s book versions of the original films. Today, they revealed a plan to release specially-designed mobile apps called Star Wars Journeys that turn each of the six films into interactive experiences and games. The first episode is out today and you can read more info and see screenshots below. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
In 1999, anticipation was so high for George Lucas’ Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, many of us initially overlooked the film’s obvious problems. The awe and spectacle of seeing a new Star Wars film on the big screen outweighed the plot holes, terrible dialogue and awful characters. Years have passed, and now many viewers agree the movie is deeply flawed. But maybe, just maybe, it could have been fixed with a few quick changes. Enter the How It Should Have Ended team, which has created a funny new video centered around the film. Check it out below. Read More »
Update: Cover art for the three sets have been added.
Lucasfilm’s impressive streak of disappointment continues today as they’ve officially announced the special features for the September 12 Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga. The nine-disc set, which features all six movies in the series, actually has a number of reportedly brand new features including individual archive discs dedicated to each trilogy and several new feature length documentaries. Sounds great, right? Well, the set also contains a lot of material from previous releases and is missing several great features from those same releases. Finally – not that we were expecting anything else, but dare to dream – the upcoming box contains strictly the special editions of the original trilogy. Read the full press release and list of special features after the jump. Read More »