Hey, don't blame the prequels on me.
After he made all the money with the whole Star Wars thing, it kind of changed him. When I knew him in college, we were all about making a classic with models and puppets.
Unfortunately, I think all the glue fumes got to him.
(The joke was that you weren't around anymore to steal ideas from so he had to think of the prequels on his own - which is why they aren't very good)