Synopsis ~ A routine Jedi Academy field trip is turned into a rip-roaring comic adventure in LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace. Tour guide Master Yoda leads a group of rambunctious Jedi Younglings through Senate chambers when he senses a disturbance in the Force. Summoned to help save the Republic, he discovers that one of the Younglings secretly boarded his ship…and has a taste for adventure! Meanwhile, C-3PO and R2-D2 are put in charge of the boisterous group and find themselves in over their heads. As the evil Sith prepare to wreak havoc, it’s up to Yoda and the Droids to ensure that their young charges aren’t torn to bricks!
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Running Time: 22 minutes
Number of Disks: 2
Preview the Trailer HERE
– Hunt for R2D2
– Bombad Bounty
– Star Wars in Two Minutes (Part 1)
– Star Wars in 2 Minutes (Part 2)
Bringing a fun, fresh farce to the Force, Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace may indeed at first glance have loyal fans rolling their collective eyes in mocking amusement, but given its humble 22 minute runtime and rather unique niche this little Lego laugh-fest – and fairly recent Cartoon Network special – packs a Falcon’s worth of fun in its pint-sized Padawan packaging.
Never one to go full clone; Lego isn’t as menacing and scathing as its Cartoon Network cousin Robot Chicken, but even without the risqué ribbing and hen pecking patronizing Chicken brings, the short still successfully offers the same wry wit, crass character commentary, and amazing animation one can expect from a top notch studio. Not to mention inside jokes for older viewers and plenty of action for the younglings.
The disc extras are quite good; especially for supplements that must also be “created and animated” providing short and sweet segments featuring Anakin on the hunt for R2D2, Boba Fett tracking down Jar-Jar while Darth Vader cures what ails him and a two-part two minute long feature where – oddly enough – actual legos are used in lieu of animated ones. There is also of course; in true Star Wars fashion, encased in thick plastic rather than carbonite, a collectible Lego gotta-have-it Young Han Solo figure, which sits at the ready on the front of the box.
So whether you’ve got a younger viewership or you’re a lifelong enthusiast, because there’s something for everyone in this little Star Wars twist, Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace will end while; as Yoda would say, “Laughing and begging for more you will be.”
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Voice Cast: Anthony Daniels | Phil LaMarr | Nika Futterman | Tom Kane | R. Martin Klein | Katie Leigh | David Scott
Director: David Scott
Central Writers: Michael Price
Television Premiere: July 22, 2011
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: September 16, 2011
Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE