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I loved this !
As another reviewer has said, the continuity with the actual Star Wars movies is a bit out, I have been a huge Star Wars fan since I was a kid and I didn't care one bit about the continuity being out at all, I watched it expecting a kids condensed version of the Star Wars movies and that is exactly what it is, however it was laugh-out-loud funny !!! So many jokes in there that die hard Star Wars fans will love and appreciate.
The animation is fantastic and my kids love it ! It keeps them occupied and out of my hair for 20 minutes while they are glued to the screen.
I highly recommend this!
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It was on July 22, 2011. Weeks before, I'd seen commercials on TV, as
well as the internet about a Lego Star Wars TV Special. At first I
thought it was going to be a series, but I later learned it was a
one-time thing. In the days before it aired, I was as hyped as can be.
Lego and Star Wars were (and still are) my favorite things, and I would
not have missed it for the world.
So it was sometime in the afternoon, around 3 or 4 o'clock in the afternoon if I remember correctly. And while I was watching the whole thing, I was loving every minute of it. Largely, it's the small things that make it so great. For example, when they're flying by a ship with Anakin fighting Greviious, and a Padawan snaps a picture, I was laughing out loud. Another part I really liked, was when young Han Solo first appeared. At first, I seriously didn't know who it was. And throughout the course of the special, I kept thinking, "who is that?". At first, I actually thought it was young Luke Skywalker. But at the end, when I found out it was Han Solo, I was pleasantly surprised. I was like, "Ohhhh! I should've seen that coming!"
Also, some people might've been a little confused by the continuity with the other movies, such as George Lucas escorting Vader off set, or Darth Vader in the Clone Wars (or whenever it takes place. I say it takes place between Episodes III and IV). But to me, that only enhances the film. I'm pretty sure it isn't cannon with the rest of the series anyway, so all the continuity mistakes in the world wouldn't hurt it a whole lot. I liked how Han Solo knew Yoda as a kid, and how on Hoth, an Imperial Walker just comes out of nowhere. That's another thing I like about this: It isn't just another Star Wars installment; it was like a tribute to all of Star Wars as a whole, which I admire.
And the places where this special really shines is the humor, and the animation. The humor made me laugh out loud. The part in the beginning, Episode IV style, I thought that was a great joke. And the part where Yoda's like "The Force allows me to see what is not seen" or something like that, and the Destroyer droids just appear out of nowhere, that made me almost drop to the ground with laughter. And a lot of other small moments made me happy too. The animation is superb as well. A lot of times, the Lego looked pretty real. One moment that stands out in particular with this, is when they first appear on Coruscant. The Lego all looked fantastic. And for a few seconds, it felt like I was watching the actual movie.
So as a whole, I have nothing bad to say about the special itself. It's easily the best Lego short ever to air, and it pays tribute to the entire Star Wars saga in some way. I say George Lucas had a major home run with this special, and it was eventful when it aired on Cartoon Network.
However, there is one bad thing I have to say about it though. I don't like how this was only on once, and never aired again. I say it needs to be aired at least a few times a year or something, or maybe for big holidays. I don't own it on DVD or Blu Ray, but next time I go to Wal Mart, it's the first thing I'm picking up. So all in all, It's the best TV special to date, and it deserves more attention than it has.
At first I have to say - I hate Star Wars and I hate animated movies as well. But a long time ago I was in love with Lego... This short movie was awesome. It was a nice adventure, cinematically very well done, music was completely fitting. But what completely stunned me was how freaking realistic those Lego pieces look like! I don't know if it's part animated and part real but it sure looked extremely real - besides the characters of course, but even those looked well. And I loved the humor, it really got me, best comedy I watched in months. I can't say more: I hope there will come more, a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooot more.
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I decided to buy this because it was on sale (i think) for 12 bucks
with the blu-ray, DVD and a funky little Lego figurine called "Young
Hans Solo" wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't think there was ever a
star wars where we saw Han as a kid, but hey, free figurine! i figured.
So, the movie is about C3P0 and R2D2 being left with some padawans in coruscant since Yodas ditched because of a "disturbance in the force" some kid, an orphan named Ian decides to tag along with the padawans, with a makeshift name tag.
This Ian, after receiving a medal of honor from the Republic for helping Yoda, is actually revealed to be Han. yes, Han Solo. he just didn't have the H on his makeshift name tag turned the right way.
in one way this is funny (for little kids..), but might slightly madden more legit star wars fans. i got to admit, i was really thinking "WHAT??? NO. THAT DOESN'T GO WITH THE REST OF THE MOVIES."
there's a lot of comedy, but it feels like some of it wasn't written into the plot very well. like Vader randomly showing up and Lego George Lucas having to escort him off set. Some of the humor however, is written quite well. its a mix.
there are some plot-holes. like R2D2 showing a clip of "We don't serve your kind here" from the Original Star Wars. This movie happens during the clone wars. that hadn't happened yet. and Vader didn't exist yet either, so, prepare for continuity errors in the sake of comedy.
Overall, it wasn't too bad. don't expect a serious star wars movie. its LEGO star wars, expect it to be funny, and great to show your kids. this is a kids movie, but adults should find some value to it too, as long as you aren't so big of a star wars buff that the whole Han/Ian thing doesn't drive you to distraction.
This film is about an orphan who breaks into the heart of the Empire
and pretends to be a knight in training.
I have not watched any of the "Star Wars" films, so I have to say I was a bit lost with who is who and what was going on in the animation. The story is highly compressed to fit into the 22 minutes runtime. I think there must be at least 2 hours of material if it was a proper film. It assumes a lot of prior knowledge about characters and plot, which I don;t have. Still, I enjoyed watching it.
"Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace" has a lot of action, bit it is more comedy oriented than action oriented. The Lego pieces are realistic, particularly the George Lucas one!
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