Star Wars: The Padawan Menace

Yoda takes a group of Jedi younglings on a field trip to the Galactic Senate chambers when he suddenly feels a disturbance in the force and must leave the children. C-3PO and R2-D2 take over and find themselves in over their heads with the rambunctious force-sensitive group. As the Sith prepare to wreak havoc, it's up to Yoda and a young stowaway to save the day before the children are torn to bricks.

LEGO and Lucasfilm have collaborated on multiple projects including other mini-films, over 200 LEGO models, 275 minifigures, and Saga-inspired videogames (which are extremely well done). Featuring situations, characters, and locations from throughout the entire Star Wars Saga, writer Michael Price captures the spirit of the franchise with a story is filled humor, adventure, and a surprise guest or two.

The animation is simply amazing and looks stunning on Blu-ray. The image has stable contrast, deep hues, and inky blacks. Featuring a plethora of discrete effects, strong dynamics, and John Williams powerful score, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack is very impressive in its own right.

The two-disc set includes a Blu-ray and DVD of the feature, five mini-episodes, and a collector's minfigure of Han Solo. Unfortunately, the set is only available at Walmart at this time.

I'm a lifelong fan of the Star Wars universe and couldn't pass up this opportunity to review this film. The animation is top-notch, the story is a lot of fun, and hey, it's Star Wars! Highly recommended.

Ratings

Picture: 5/5
3D-Ness: N/A
Sound: 4.5/5
Extras: 4/5
Interactivity: N/A

Disc Specs

Studio: FOX (2011)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio Format: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Length: 22 Min
MPAA Rating: G
Director: David Scott
Starring: Anthony Daniels, Nika Futterman, Tim Gaul, Tom Kane

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COMMENTS
figuredmaple's picture

Based on your review here I bought this as a gift for my son for Christmas. I just read the review again and noticed that it's only 22 minutes long! This will beat the 38 minute "Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales" as the shortest blu ray in our collection.

David Vaughn's picture
The main feature is only 22 minutes, but there are the supplemental episodes which make it about an hour or so in total, but it's totally worth it. I saw it at Walmart for $13 this weekend and I feel there's $13 in entertainment value and I'm sure your son will watch it more than once (I've seen it twice already!).

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