I caught CW3D again today... Been meaning to take the kid and the woman, but man just can't get time. Finally got time for a matinee.
So, we were in a theater with maybe 20 people, and at least 7 were children not counting mine, but the kids were in front of us going nuts which is always nice to see.
The movie's even better the 2nd time I found... Caught more of the detail. The animation is OUTSTANDING when it wants to be too. I think that argument's just not rooted in reality. Check out the hardware if you're looking for detail... The cruisers, the ships, etc. are phenomenal. My gf even mentioned the characters look like puppets, and that I found interesting since that's the supposed goal.
The kids thought the droids were funny, and really they are amusing. They're dumb and I like that being played up a lot as it explains why droids can outnumber Clones 50 to 1 and still lose. It's also really great seeing how SBD's are badasses, and Droideka's are not taken lightly by anyone, especially Jedi. The spider droids kind of like "dogs" was neat too.
Dooku's character is fantastic in the movie I think. Dark, sinister... His appearance being creepy and odd makes more sense with his character getting more background. I always hated how he went out in ROTS and CW3D is actually making up for that. He's a mean mofo, or at least gives that impression, in CW. I hope Grievous is similarly expanded upon, as his ROTS appearances are less than inspiring and he dies like a chump really.
My biggest gripe is clearly shifted now to dialogue between Ahsoka and Anakin. Beyond their little nicknames though, the rest is funny I think. Actually her "snips" is ok, but it's her calling him "Sky Guy" and R2 "R2ey" that gets more annoying... Talking to a mentor like that is odd. Ani didn't really do that to Obi, and it just seems akward then to me. It's not a deal breaker, but it is slightly annoying. Her smart assed remarks to Anakin though fit well, and i felt the two characters work better together than if Ahsoka didn't exist. I'm not a fan of Anakin getting a Padawan myself, but to me that's not a huge deal and explainable (enough).
The Clones rock though, and they are the stars. Every combat sequence is made by Clone military talk, action, warrin', whorin', and never borin'. One of my favorite parts is Ahsoka's "tension" aboard the Gunship. Even the Clones, pure professionals at their jobs, make her nervous. She's antsy just watching them get ready for work and that's cool I think.
And if people are really bothered by Ziro the Hutt, to me they weren't going into the cartoon with any kind of open mind at all. He's Jabba, only eccentric, and I love it. I think as a movie, it's fun and worth checking out more than once even... It ain't shakespeare, but kids are loving it as near as I see (and the toys are selling steadily), and parents can enjoy it too for the adult side it does try to give to people. As a TV show I think it's going to be incredible, especially considering the new trailer out on Cartoon Network. That's pretty neat and something to look forward again to already. I'm loving the non-stripped-down Y-Wings. It 100% just wrote over existing EU, but I love the new look far more.