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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones can be found here.

Like all of the Star Wars movies, Attack of the Clones is based on a screenplay written by American director and screenwriter George Lucas. A novelization of the screenplay, written by R. A. Salvatore, was released in conjunction with the movie in 2002.

Attack of the Clones takes place about ten years after The Phantom Menace, and about 22 years before Star Wars (A New Hope).

At first this does appear to be a monumental blunder, but if we look back at the Episode IV, we will see that at no point does C-3PO give his number to Owen in the one and only conversation the pair ever have. Owen dies the next day, so this fact has no chance to come to light. In addition, we see throughout the series that C-3PO follows a standard protocol droid design which seems to be quite common. The metal plating covering C-3PO in Attack of the Clones was a rusty brown color, and not at all the shiny gold he sports in the later episodes, further obscuring his identity when he appears again, 22 years later. By that point, C-3PO had undergone a memory wipe, so he doesn't recognize Owen either (although R2-D2 presumably might). No explanation has yet been given, on the other hand, as to why Anakin simply walks off with the Lars' protocol droid without even asking. However, C-3PO is Anakin's, as he is the droid's maker (3PO even identifies Anakin as such when they meet again). Anakin gave 3PO to his mother when he left for the Jedi training, so it is no more than fair that Anakin receive the droid back after Shmi's death. Perhaps Owen had given his permission off-screen, before Shmi's funeral.

The army created by the cloners of Kamino was supposedly, according to the Prime Minister of Kamino, ordered by Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas; however, Mace Windu disputes any Jedi involvement. The genetic donor for the army, Jango Fett, also claims to have never heard the name, instead crediting the idea to a man named Tyranus, who had recruited Jango for the job. While the movies never make a clear pronouncement, the events can be seen for what they are by paying attention to a few key scenes. We learn at the end of the movie that Count Dooku is Lord Tyranus, and that he, while seeming to head the Separatist movement, is actually colluding with Darth Sidious in order to bring about the Clone War. The clones created from Jango, who appears to be working for Dooku and the Separatists, actually are created for use by the Galactic Republic. Dooku is playing both sides to bring about the conflict so that his master can grab more power and erode the democratic government, paving the way for a dictatorship. It is therefore reasonable to assume that the clone army was actually ordered by Dooku, who used the name of a respected but recently deceased Jedi to cover his tracks. One can also infer from this that it was Dooku who erased Kamino from the Jedi archives, which Yoda claims could have only been done by a Jedi—why this is, he does not make clear. (One possible explanation can be found in the works of the Expanded Universe (EU) of Star Wars, where it is revealed that both Jedi and Sith store their knowledge in devices called "holocrons" that can only be properly accessed by Force users.) In the DVD commentary track, George Lucas claims that this matter would be clarified in the sequel, Episode III (not yet made or titled "Revenge of the Sith"), but such a clarification never came about.

In the Expanded Universe, it is discovered that Sifo-Dyas secretly commissioned the clone army after learning that the Sith had returned and knowing the Jedi council would not agree to the creation of an army. Dooku, a trusted friend of Sifo-Dyas, but already secretly Sidious's apprentice, recruited Jango to be the clone template. Once the clone army is commissioned, Dooku killed Sifo-Dyas and removed Kamino from the Jedi archives.

In the spin-off video game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, which takes place shortly after The Phantom Menace and a decade prior to Attack of the Clones, Count Dooku hired Jango Fett and other bounty hunters to eliminate Komari Vosa, the leader of (the Bando Gora) a cult of Force-worshiping gangsters, at the order of Darth Sidious. Dooku placed a bounty on her head. When Jango succeeded in eliminating Vosa, Dooku (under his Sith name, Darth Tyranus) revealed that the bounty hunt was in reality a test and that the bounty hunter who succeeded in eliminating Vosa would go with him to Kamino and create the perfect army of clone warriors in his image (which Sidious had also ordered Dooku to find a host for the clone army as part of his plot). Jango accepted and agreed on only one condition: having an unaltered clone for himself. And thus, Boba Fett was conceived.

In many Star Wars novels and spin-off series, it is established that, as part of Jedi training, the Padawan creates his/her own lightsaber. The type of crystals used in the hilt ultimately determine the color of the saber. Sith Lords generally use synthetic crystals that make the saber red in color. Jedi use either green or blue organic crystals. Mace Windu is a unique Jedi, in that he practices a very complex style of fighting called "Vaapad" (as described in the Star Wars novel Shatterpoint). This style uses techniques which lean very close to the dark side of the Force. Purple is a combination of red (Dark Side) and blue (Light Side), so it is possible this was done to portray his "double personality" though this is not canon and is unlikely. This is how he came into possession of a purple saber outside of the movies: As a Padawan, Mace was sent to the planet Hurikane on a mission. In exchange for saving one of the native species, he was given a "handful" of Hurrikaine crystals, which allowed him to make a lightsaber with a purple blade.

According to Jedi training given in the spin-off video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR), a Jedi's lightsaber is to convey the class he is trained in. Blue is a Jedi Guardian/Knight (focused on strength and combat skills over the Force), yellow is a Jedi Sentinel (a balance of strength and the Force) and green is a Jedi Consular (a focus on Force training over combat). Red lightsabers are used by the Sith, along with purple. However, using KOTOR 2, and the further classing of the basic Jedi, the following list shows a Jedi's lightsabers by color classification:

* Jedi Guardian/Knight and Weapons Masters — blue, cyan and purple (Mace is a Jedi Weapons Master).

* Jedi Sentinel and Watchman — yellow, orange and bronze.

* Jedi Consulars and Masters — green, silver and viridian.

All Sith have red.

In an interview, George Lucas said he had the intention of using the yellow lightsabers in the battle on Geonosis as the movie introduction to them; however, due to the desert landscaping of the planet, the yellow blades did not work well in long shots and therefore were scrapped.

Outside of canon, it has been stated many times that Samuel L. Jackson (the actor who played Mace Windu in the movies) requested his own color of lightsaber. He asked Lucas whether purple was a possibility and Lucas said "you may get purple." (This exchange was captured by the on-set documentary crew and appears in part ten of the "Web Documentaries" section, entitled "Good to G.O.", on the Attack of the Clones DVD.) So the purple saber may have no more symbolism than that Jackson wanted his own color.

Does he, though? Dooku's aim is to start a galactic civil war, and so he appears to be playing both sides off against each other. As Yoda points out at the end: being on the dark side of the Force, Dooku uses deception and creates mistrust to confuse his enemies. After Obi-Wan's capture, he claims to have good intentions towards the Jedi, and not to know Jango Fett. But we soon learn that this is merely a trick to get Obi-Wan to join him, as later scenes prove that Dooku is Jango's employer. But it is not unthinkable that Dooku is trying to get Obi-Wan to join the dark side of the Force, in order to destroy Darth Sidious. During the entire saga, we see Sith apprentices scheming to overpower their masters (Darth Vader twice states his intention to overthrow his master), so perhaps Dooku was partly sincere when he asked for Obi-Wan's help in destroying the Sith master, although he left out the part of wanting to become master himself. When Obi-Wan refused, Dooku probably abandoned this plan, also possibly because he judged Obi-Wan a disappointing opponent at the end, and thus an unworthy ally. He apparently also knew that in revealing the knowledge of the existence of his Sith master, Sidious, the risks are minimal for Dooku who being aware that the Jedi know that the Sith are master manipulators predicted exactly that Obi-Wan and the rest of the Jedi would not believe him about Sidious controlling the Galactic Senate from behind the scenes.

Later, during the climatic battle sequence, Dooku claims to the Viceroy of the Trade Federation that he does not know how the Galactic Republic or the Jedi was able to produce such a large clone army that quickly. This is clearly a lie because, at the end, Dooku tells Sidious that everything is going as planned. It is safe to assume that Dooku most likely ordered the creation of the clone army himself, and recruited Jango under his alias, Tyranus, as well as bringing together the Separatists and their droid army through financial means.

As Jango is ducking into the entry hatch on his ship during his escape from Kamino, he's seen to strike his head on the lower lip of the door. The obvious explanation would of course be that Jango simply did not duck quick enough to miss the closing door. However, animation supervisor Rob Coleman has described this as an inside joke referencing an actual mistake that made it into the final cut of the original Star Wars. In that movie, when Imperial stormtroopers break into the control room where the droids are hiding, one on the right-hand side of the screen can be seen running face-first into the lower edge of the door (later versions of the movie confirm this obvious goof by including a sound effect); the implication is that the stormtroopers, who were revealed in the prequels to have been cloned from Jango, had inherited this slightly clumsy trait from him as well. However, this is almost certainly a case of the filmmakers sharing a winking reference rather than an actual, serious explanation. After all, most of the stormtroopers appear to be regular men.

As the Trade Federation is still under investigation following their illegal actions in The Phantom Menace, it is conceivable that their weapons production has been halted by the Galactic Senate for the time being. If this is true, then they may have started an illegal factory hidden on Geonosis. The secret production might necessitate using local minerals and ores (the surface of Geonosis is also quite red), as large shipment of the regular materials would attract too much suspicion. This would go some way to explaining why the droids look different. It could also just be that in preparing for the coming war, the Trade Federation has sped up production and therefore opened more facilities to create more droids in a shorter time. Perhaps shortage of the normal materials forced them to use other (local) materials. Also, there is the fact that this movie takes place ten years after The Phantom Menace. Maybe the new color is related to a marketing campaign the Trade Federation is using to promote the battle droids and other products ("Now available in 20 designer colors!"). The whole "blockade of Naboo" thing probably did not help their public image too much.

No. This was deliberate. The weapon is called a seismic charge. Sound engineer Ben Burtt explained in an interview with FilmSound.org that he was searching for an action sequence "which allowed the explosion to be featured in a way that I could exploit the idea of delayed sound in space, what I call an 'audio black hole', an explosion so cosmic that the energy of the sound is unable to escape at the time of ignition, but is released a moment later." One cannot hear the explosion until the material is close enough—delayed after the detonation. Science dictates that there would be no sound in space at all, since there is no air or sound medium of any kind. However, in the case of a seismic charge, the sound would be more realistic than other Star Wars space sounds, as a seismic charge is a binary convergence device; it detonates when two substances are allowed to mix and are exited by an electromagnetic supercharger inside the weapon. The detonated mixture would create its own temporary medium for sound in its shock wave. Outside of the shock wave, there would be no sound, but the Star Wars movies have always fudged this fact for dramatic effect. The seismic charge bombs are thought to be modeled after underwater depth charges used against underwater submarines which give off a similar sound explosion. In the DVD commentary track, Burtt acknowledges what appears to be a mistake. He says that he and George Lucas debated the sound effect and in the end, Lucas agreed it would be a dramatic addition to the scene. The effect is the same on the DVD and Blu-ray disc as it is in the theatrical run of the movie.

It is said in the other stories that between the events of the sequel—Revenge of the Sith—and Episode IV, there was an uprising on Kamino where the cloners used an army of clones to rebel against the Galactic Empire but was defeated by the Empire. After the uprising, the Emperor ordered a new supply of clone recruits different from the Jango Fett clones. At the same time the Empire began recruiting large numbers of non-clone or Imperially-unaffiliated men into the Imperial stormtrooper units as well. By the time of the events in Episode IV, the stormtroopers were a mix of recruits and clones made from several different cloning templates.

Step 1: Shortly after The Phantom Menace, Darth Sidious orders his new apprentice, Darth Tyranus, a.k.a. Count Dooku, a former Jedi, to travel to Kamino in order to commission the Kaminoans to create a clone army for the Galactic Republic under the guise of Jedi Master Syfo Dias. Dooku also starts fostering discontent among leaders of star systems over the widespread corruption and abuse of power within the Galactic Senate.

Step 2: Ten years after the end of The Phantom Menace, many planets have joined a Separatist movement led by Dooku. Since both the Trade Federation and the Techno Union are prominent members, the Separatists start to become a military threat to the Republic. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine proposes a vote in the senate to decide whether or not the Republic should build an army to resist the growing Separatist threat, as the Jedi are no longer capable of maintaining the peace. He has also formed a friendship with Anakin Skywalker, who is susceptible to his subtle influences due to Anakin's sometimes strained relationship with his Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Step 3: Senator Padm Amidala returns to Coruscant to vote in the senate. As she is firmly opposed to the creation of a Grand Army of the Republic and her vote carries much weight with the rest of the senators, two attempts are made on her life by assassins hired by Tyranus. Palpatine uses this to insist that Padm go into hiding on Naboo and be accompanied by Anakin as protection. This gets Padm out of the way for a while, and she gives her proxy to Representative Jar Jar Binks while she is gone. Palpatine likely also sensed that Anakin felt strongly for Padm and may have sensed stirrings in her too. Therefore them being alone together would cause Anakin to form an attachment which Palpatine could later use to his benefit.

Step 4: When the Jedi learn that the Separatists under Dooku are creating a new droid army by merging the combined droid armies of the Trade Federation (battle droids), the Techno Union (super battle droids), as well as the Commerce Guild (homing and dwarf spider droids), the Corporate Alliance (tank droids), and the Intergalactic Banking Clan (the missile-carrying Hailfire battle droids), they inform Palpatine of this matter. Palpatine and his aides subtly trick Jar Jar into using Padm's authority to recommend granting Palpatine immediate emergency powers so that he can combat the Separatist threat without the approval of the senate.

Step 5: Palpatine claims that he "reluctantly" accepts the powers he is given and vows to give power back to the senate once the Separatist threat has been averted. He then uses the emergency powers to commission an army for the Republic. Conveniently, the clone army was already commissioned and ready to be deployed by this time. Palpatine cleverly uses his influence to play both sides against each other, in order to gain more power as the conflict escalates. The initial battle on Geonosis is the beginning of the Clone Wars, during which he can use and extend his power without much interference from the senate, while at the same time gaining massive popularity from the public.

For the next steps, see the FAQ for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.

After Jango is decapitated in the Geonosian arena, his son, Boba, picks up his helmet. Seems reasonable that Jango's head would have fallen out at that point. However, if you watch the scene where he is killed very closely, you will see two shadows on the floor of the area: one is from his helmet and a second, harder to notice, is for his head, which falls out of the helmet. Obviously, being a PG movie, the filmmakers could not show a severed human head bouncing around. In the off-screen aftermath, Boba probably collects everything that belonged to his father: body, armor, weapons and ship.

Originally the plan was the release each Star Wars movie, post-converted to 3D every February, starting with The Phantom Menace, in 2012. Though many fans complained about having to invest six years into getting to see each Star Wars movie in 3D. In late 2012, it was announced that both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith would be released back-to-back in late 2013. However, once Walt Disney Studios acquired Lucasfilm, and the production of Episode VII was announced. Disney eventually declared that they were postponing the conversion to 3D and release of any more of the previous movies in order to focus on Episode VII. They also added that after production wraps on Episode VII they may continue to release the previous movies in 3D. Some fans theorize that they may actually be converting the movies already and plan to release them shortly prior to the release of Episode VII as a way to boost interest in the new movie. As the 1997 special editions of the original trilogy were released back-to-back from January 31st to March 7th.

The optical differences in the movie are not too many. In contrast to The Phantom Menace, there is no completely new set of color filters but only slight changes in a few scenes. Nonetheless two striking differences can be found. The change in Anakin's nightmare is completely new and the the scene in which Count Dooku flees was recut and rearranged. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

In order to obtain a PG rating in Britain the fight between Jango Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi on Kamino was cut: a head-butt was removed. All cuts were waived for the latest releases of the movie on DVD. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

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