I wish Genndy had cared more about the series. Lucas recruited him because he liked Samurai Jack, but Lucas wanted to go further than Genndy was interested in going, and Genndy didn’t want to stay glued to Star Wars.
Anakin was terribly cast, but the animation was beautiful.
The more I rewatch it, and the more I learn about that transition, the more I understand it. They parted ways, and Lucas sought out Filoni after his work on Avatar: The Last Airbender. This time, Lucas made clear his intentions: a long running series in 3D animation. Lucas pushed for nonlinear storytelling, and to aim it more for kids.
At the beginning, they were supposed to kinda follow continuity of the micro series, but Lucas quickly transitioned to allowing the new series to contradict it. There are still moments of continuity that were never re-adapted, such as Ventress’s introduction, Anakin becoming a Jedi Knight, or Grievous’ introduction. These impressive and minimalist stories were so well crafted that it’s difficult not to hold them dear.
I also loved Dirge and some of the other weirder elements and characters.
I will forever prefer the CG series but the 2D show was pretty good. The non linear-ness worked better in the CG series since they took a half hour per episode and 2D Anakin wasn’t great but, yeah, I think I liked the 2D series. The designs were awesome, especially the backgrounds and the the characters’ expressions trounced the CG characters’.
I felt the 2D show’s episodes would’ve worked well as full length stories in the 3D series. In fact, my personal head canon has that, whatever isn’t contradicted by the CG show or other stuff happened for realz. I mean, why not? 😃
I can’t believe we will see a release of the Ewok movies before the unaltered theatrical original trilogy. If they put the Holiday Special up, that’d be insane.
shrug What can you do? I like the special editions ok so I don’t feel the pain as badly but, yeah, that happened. Who knows about the Holiday Special. I feel like it won’t only because they want to respect George Lucas (I mean, if they remastered the original cuts but aren’t releasing them yet, I feel it’s, at minimal, honoring Lucas’ requests)