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Book Review: The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars by Frank Parisi and Gary Scheppke

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The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars takes a behind the scenes look at the popular animated series currently airing on the Cartoon Network. The book is divided into four sections: pre-production, the movie, Season One and a sneak peek at Season Two.

 

Star Wars: The Clone Wars takes places in the years between Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of The Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of The Sith. The Clone Wars were first mentioned by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and fans have wanted to see The Clone Wars for decades. While The Clone Wars started at the very end of Attack of The Clones it was over with the opening of Sith. There have been comics and novels dedicated to certain battles, but we’ve never seen it, nor was George Lucas involved in those stories. With Clone Wars he’s been involved and we get to see Anakin be a hero since the movies cover his fall to the dark side, plus we get to see Anakin as master to an apprentice — Ahsoka Tano.

 

The Art of Star Wars starts with pictures of concept art before the show was finalized and shows character designs, ship designs, and plots/ideas of what the show would be. Characters new to the Star Wars universe like Ahsoka Tano went through several designs before her final look.  The movie takes a look at the planets, locations and characters developed for those episodes (the first three/four episodes were turned into a movie once creator George Lucas liked what he saw and wanted to do a theatrical release), and we see, models, storyboards, along with some film stills.

 

The majority of the book is dedicated to the 22 episodes in Season One, each episode given its due. Write-ups by Director Dave Filoni include original Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie’s influence on this series, behind the scenes stories, changes the scripts and characters went through, and more; artist Killian Plunkett also has write-ups talking about working on the series. We once again see planets, locations, and characters that were important to a particular episode and see designs, alterations and more.

 

The final pages of The Art of Star Wars gives a sneak peek of the second season which will introduce bounty hunters to the story, including new baddie Cad Bane, as well as having Boba Fett show up to cause havoc once again.   

 

As a huuuuuuge Star Wars fan, anything that goes behind the scenes piques my interest, but with all artwork and stories it’s worthwhile for anyone who wants to go behind the scenes of the show. This coffee table book clocks in at 272 pages and is well worth your time and money.

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