Star Wars Week: “Clone Wars” Trailer, Star Wars Muppets

As I mentioned Friday, it’s the week of Star Wars’ 30th birthday, so I’m trying to put aside my resentment over the prequels’ failures and remember what made Star Wars great.

You know, I might just get excited about Star Wars again if I’m not distracted by bad acting, bad directing, or bad scripts. We’ll see what Clone Wars looks like when we actually get to experience the stories, but the animation in this promotional preview grabbed and held my attention.

Oh, and here’s something interesting…

What do The Muppets and Star Wars have in common? Frank Oz, for one thing. And an episode of the Muppets’ “Pigs in Space” once featured a guest appearance by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and C3PO and R2D2 as themselves.

But now, there’s a stranger connection: Muppet Star Wars action figures.

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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • http://www.adamwalter.blogspot.com/ awalter

    How about this idea to get you excited thinking about the good ol’ honest-years of George Lucas… Hal Hartley admits that he had some Star Wars-like thoughts when he originallly conceived the ideas for Henry Fool, and now Fay Grim constitutes the second in his “epic” series. Or, as Robert Wilonsky puts it, this makes Fay into Princess Leia, Simon into Luke, and Henry into Han Solo!

  • http://wholeheart.wordpress.com/ wholeheart

    I’d pay really good money to see a feature-length “Star Wars: Muppets in Space.” The casting for the action figures is classic, but they left out a few: Rowlf the Dog as Han Solo, Statler as Obi-Wan, and Scooter as R2-D2.

  • expandeduniverse

    There’s also going to be a live-action Star Wars television series as well.


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