Reviewer’s grade: B-
This first animated feature film from the George Lucas movie factory is not for “Star Wars” novices. It’s the premiere of a new TV series beginning on Cartoon Network in October, and if you don’t know the characters and their relationships to each other going in, the script won’t help. Someone has kidnapped the son of Jabba the Hutt (Kevin Michael Richardson) and whichever side in the ongoing political rebellion can rescue him can count on Jabba’s help in the conflict.
The sinister Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) wants Jabba to believe that the Jedi have the kid, and the Jedi are attempting to bring off the rescue. Matt Lanter gives voice to Anakin Skywalker, and Ashley Eckstein is a new character, Ahsoka Tano, a Jedi in training working with Anakin. Both actors do excellent work. Dave Filoni directs, and if the human figures aren’t up to current theatrical animation standards, they are miles ahead of what you usually see on television, for which this picture was originally made. PG