Review: Lego Star Wars Cartoon Proves Franchise Still Has Some Magic

Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace aired last Friday on the Cartoon Network, and if you didn’t watch it you probably missed out on one of the best pieces of Star Wars fiction of all-time!  That might be taking it a little to the extreme, but it is definitely a damn good cartoon with a great little story.  In fact, The Padawan Menace reminded me about why I’m such a big fan of Star Wars in the first place, even though it has fallen out of favor with many fanboys due to the prequel abortions.

Ever since the prequels came out, which is now 6 years since the ROTS, I’ve slowly been losing faith in the franchise.  Star Wars has been my guiding light over time when it comes to geekery and imagination, but the abominations that are known as the prequels have more or less tarnished the franchise in my eyes.  I can’t help but cringe every time I even mention them.  They were awful, are awful, and have no chance of redemption, but they weren’t bad enough for me to shed my Jedi tunic forever.

Luckily certain parts of the prequels, namely the clone wars in particular, have been re-introduced in different mediums than film with some success, such as the excellent Clone Wars cartoon on the CN.  They might not be the blockbuster like experiences of the films, but they sure are more palatable than those turds for a Star Wars fan who grew up with the original trilogy.  They don’t have that same sucky feeling that the live-action movies do because they’re cartoons and not real people trying to act out a lame script.

R2 and C-3PO Have to Battle it Out for Jabba’s Pleasure

With the debut of Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace the extended family of Star Wars shows got even better.  I finally watched the 30 minute episode last night, and I must say that it is now probably one of my favorite stand alone works in the Star Wars family.  If you’ve ever played a Lego Star Wars game you’re probably familiar with their brand of humor, which carried over to the cartoon masterfully.  There are so many little scenes and nuances in this cartoon that I can’t list them all, but you’ll just have to trust me that this non-traditional Star Wars cartoon is a gem.

Yoda and His Little Buddy “Ian” Steal the Show in LSW: TPM

Visually it’s very striking as well.  I would classify it as claymation mixed with CGI.  The characters have a realness to them that you don’t even get in the CG Clone Wars cartoon that is coming back for a fourth season.  The world just looked so crisp and amazing that I couldn’t help but wonder at what I was watching on screen.  When you take the visuals and mix it in with a great little story the Lego Star Wars cartoon really shines as a beacon of hope in a franchise that has seen its better days.  Plus, there’s even a little twist at the end which will have fanboys saying, “Oh no he didn’t” for many months to come.

Both Vader and Lucas Make a few Hilarious Cameos

I truly can’t express how amazing Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace is.  It looks great, sounds amazing, and has one of the most entertaining Star Wars stories I’ve ever seen.  There’s so many subtle references to the franchise that any level of SW fan will enjoy and appreciate.  For this I give it an EB 5 out of 5 stars, truly clever stuff!  If you missed it you’re sh*t out of luck for now, but it will be coming out on Blu-ray/DVD on September 16.  If you want to be a d*ck and see it bootleg you can find it broken up into parts on YouTube, but I refuse to list the vids because this show deserves to be shown in HD on a big screen with a sound system attached.  This is one piece of Star Wars memorabilia that I won’t hesitate, or even curse George for making me buy yet another Star Wars related item.  You owe it to yourself as a Star Wars fan to watch Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace, so you can again realize why this franchise is so magical.  You’ve been waiting for a decent piece of work from the prequel era…




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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he’s not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB’s Star Wars Time podcast show.