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In 1976, primary filming began in Tunisia. The project was off to [[SarcasmMode a glowing start]] -- a freak rainstorm occurred in the middle of the desert on the first day of filming. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Yes, that actually happened]]. In the coming weeks, the crew would be plagued not only by the heat and sand, but by malfunctioning equipment as well -- Anthony Daniels even had one leg of his C-3PO costume shatter, injuring his foot. (And now you know why one of Threepio's lower legs is a different colour.) At one point, Mark Hamill had his face injured in a car accident, meaning he could not do reshoots.

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In 1976, primary filming began in Tunisia. The project was off to [[SarcasmMode a glowing start]] -- a freak rainstorm occurred in the middle of the desert on the first day of filming. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Yes, that actually happened]]. In the coming weeks, the crew would be plagued not only by the heat and sand, but by malfunctioning equipment as well -- Anthony Daniels even had one leg of his C-3PO costume shatter, injuring his foot. (And now you know why one of Threepio's lower legs is a different colour.) At one point, Mark Hamill had his face injured in a car accident, meaning he could not do reshoots.


Meanwhile, Disney hired Creator/JJAbrams to direct the first film in the sequel trilogy, ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. Known for his work on such works as ''Series/{{Lost}}'' and the ''Film/StarTrek2009'' reboot, Abrams has plenty of experience with sci-fi and fantasy. (Interestingly, the ''Star Trek'' reboot has been compared to ''Star Wars''.) He and his entire crew were [[AscendedFanboy ascended fans]] dedicated to making the new film as good as they can, and successfully pulled it off; the film received positive reviews and became the third highest grossing film of all time. The sequel trilogy continued with ''Film/TheLastJedi'', written and directed by Creator/RianJohnson, and will conclude with ''[[Film/StarWars9 Episode IX]]'', with Abrams returning to the director's chair one more.

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Meanwhile, Disney hired Creator/JJAbrams to direct the first film in the sequel trilogy, ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. Known for his work on such works as ''Series/{{Lost}}'' and the ''Film/StarTrek2009'' reboot, Abrams has plenty of experience with sci-fi and fantasy. (Interestingly, the ''Star Trek'' reboot has been compared to ''Star Wars''.) He and his entire crew were [[AscendedFanboy ascended fans]] dedicated to making the new film as good as they can, and successfully pulled it off; the film received positive reviews and became the third highest grossing film of all time. The sequel trilogy continued with ''Film/TheLastJedi'', written and directed by Creator/RianJohnson, and will conclude with ''[[Film/StarWars9 Episode IX]]'', ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'', with Abrams returning to the director's chair one more.


The complaints about the prequels are legion. There's too much CGI. Jar Jar and Anakin suck. The podrace is a diversion. The Neimodians are racist. No one does anything smart. The complains have been done to death...and yet no one has ever taken the time to psychoanalyze Lucas' own experiences. As we've already pointed out, Lucas hadn't had an easy time making the original trilogy, and wanted to spare himself the trouble. And he was tired of working within the constraints of Hollywood -- he wanted to make the films his way (as he had every right to do). Very few people would argue that [[ToughActToFollow the prequels are as good as, let alone better than, the originals]]. As for [[ContestedSequel the prequels being bad movies in and of themselves]]...that's a related issue, but ultimately another can of worms entirely. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And one better argued elsewhere]].

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The complaints about the prequels are legion. There's too much CGI. Jar Jar and Anakin suck. The podrace is a diversion. The Neimodians are racist. No one does anything smart. The complains have been done to death...and yet no one has ever taken the time to psychoanalyze Lucas' own experiences. As we've already pointed out, Lucas hadn't had an easy time making the original trilogy, and wanted to spare himself the trouble. And he was tired of working within the constraints of Hollywood -- he wanted to make the films his way (as he had every right to do). Very few people would argue that [[ToughActToFollow the prequels are as good as, let alone better than, the originals]]. As for [[ContestedSequel the prequels being bad movies in and of themselves]]...that's a related issue, but ultimately another can of worms entirely. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And one better argued elsewhere]].


Meanwhile, Disney hired Creator/JJAbrams to direct the newest film, ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. Known for his work on such works as ''Series/{{Lost}}'' and the ''Film/StarTrek2009'' reboot, Abrams has plenty of experience with sci-fi and fantasy. (Interestingly, the ''Star Trek'' reboot has been compared to ''Star Wars''.) He and his entire crew are [[AscendedFanboy ascended fans]], dedicated to making the new film as good as they can. It remains to be seen if they can pull it off, but they certainly seem to be doing their best.

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!! The Sequel Trilogy

Meanwhile, Disney hired Creator/JJAbrams to direct the newest film, first film in the sequel trilogy, ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. Known for his work on such works as ''Series/{{Lost}}'' and the ''Film/StarTrek2009'' reboot, Abrams has plenty of experience with sci-fi and fantasy. (Interestingly, the ''Star Trek'' reboot has been compared to ''Star Wars''.) He and his entire crew are were [[AscendedFanboy ascended fans]], fans]] dedicated to making the new film as good as they can. It remains can, and successfully pulled it off; the film received positive reviews and became the third highest grossing film of all time. The sequel trilogy continued with ''Film/TheLastJedi'', written and directed by Creator/RianJohnson, and will conclude with ''[[Film/StarWars9 Episode IX]]'', with Abrams returning to be seen if they can pull it off, but they certainly seem to be doing their best.
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Sadly for fans of ''The Clone Wars'', the series had begun to struggle in the ratings. In fact, ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' was already in development before the former's cancellation. When Disney looked at the situation, they basically said, "Look; your show isn't going to last much longer. Let's scrap it and start over with this new project of yours." Filoni's crew therefore stopped working on ''The Clone Wars'' to focus on ''Rebels''.

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Sadly for fans of ''The Clone Wars'', the series had begun to struggle in the ratings. In fact, ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' was already in development before the former's cancellation. When Disney looked at the situation, they basically said, "Look; your show isn't going to last much longer. Let's scrap it and start over with this new project of yours." Filoni's crew therefore stopped working on ''The Clone Wars'' to focus on ''Rebels''.
''Rebels'' (''The Clone Wars'' was later [[UnCancelled renewed]] in 2018 for a seventh season).


There are other reasons the film became so popular as well. Lucas poured a lot of money into the special effects of the [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome infamous opening shot]] -- you know, the one where ''Tantive IV'' flies past the screen, only to be dwarfed by the behemoth Star Destroyer ''Devastator''. Lucas knew that if the audience bought that opening shot, they would sit through the rest of the movie. As it turns out, he was even more right than he realized -- that single shot set a standard for the rest of the film, and it had only just begun!

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There are other reasons the film became so popular as well. Lucas poured a lot of money into the special effects of the [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome infamous opening shot]] -- you know, the one where ''Tantive IV'' flies past the screen, only to be dwarfed by the behemoth Star Destroyer ''Devastator''. Lucas knew that if the audience bought that opening shot, they would sit through the rest of the movie. As it turns out, he was even more right than he realized -- that single shot set a standard for the rest of the film, and it had only just begun!


With ''ROTJ'', Lucas knew how much he could make from merchandise (such as toys), causing him to go all-out on making new characters he could market. Thus we were given the [[EthnicScrappy Ewoks]] and the [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment infamous opening in Jabba's palace]]. The former is considered a bad idea; the latter less so, most likely due to [[MissFanService Leia's]] ChainmailBikini. Unless you're aware of the utter discomfort and humiliation Carrie Fisher had in regards to that scene and have some basic human decency.

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With ''ROTJ'', Lucas knew how much he could make from merchandise (such as toys), causing him to go all-out on making new characters he could market. Thus we were given the [[EthnicScrappy [[TheScrappy Ewoks]] and the [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment infamous opening in Jabba's palace]]. The former is considered a bad idea; the latter less so, most likely due to [[MissFanService Leia's]] ChainmailBikini. Unless you're aware it at least having a climatic action piece that showcased the progression of the utter discomfort and humiliation Carrie Fisher had in regards to that scene and have some basic human decency.
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In 1973, Lucas wrote the first drafts of what would become ''Star Wars''. Over the next few years, he would continue to modify the script, and contact the various people needed to bring it to life. Said people included producers, editors, concept artists, sound designers, [[Creator/JohnWilliams musicians]]...and of course, [[Creator/MarkHamill ac]][[Creator/CarrieFisher to]][[Creator/HarrisonFord rs]].

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In 1973, Lucas wrote the first drafts of what would become ''Star Wars''. Over the next few years, he would continue to modify the script, and contact the various people needed to bring it to life. Said people included producers, editors, concept artists, sound designers, [[Creator/JohnWilliams [[Music/JohnWilliams musicians]]...and of course, [[Creator/MarkHamill ac]][[Creator/CarrieFisher to]][[Creator/HarrisonFord rs]].


With ''ROTJ'', Lucas knew how much he could make from merchandise (such as toys), causing him to go all-out on making new characters he could market. Thus we were given the [[EthnicScrappy Ewoks]] and the [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment infamous opening in Jabba's palace]]. The former is considered a bad idea; the latter less so, most likely due to [[MissFanService Leia's]] ChainmailBikini.

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With ''ROTJ'', Lucas knew how much he could make from merchandise (such as toys), causing him to go all-out on making new characters he could market. Thus we were given the [[EthnicScrappy Ewoks]] and the [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment infamous opening in Jabba's palace]]. The former is considered a bad idea; the latter less so, most likely due to [[MissFanService Leia's]] ChainmailBikini.
ChainmailBikini. Unless you're aware of the utter discomfort and humiliation Carrie Fisher had in regards to that scene and have some basic human decency.


After his success with ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'', Lucas wanted to make a film based around a franchise he grew up with -- ''Film/FlashGordon''. However, a film was already in development, so Lucas decided to [[StartMyOwn create his own pulp sci-fi franchise]]. Lucas decided that he would make his film a grand, epic adventure reminiscient of the stories he grew up with, and one that could be more or less family-friendly. It was a stark contrast to other films at the time, which tended to be extremely gritty and cynical, and exclusively for adults.

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After his success with ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'', Lucas wanted to make a film based around a franchise he grew up with -- ''Film/FlashGordon''.''Franchise/FlashGordon''. However, a film was already in development, so Lucas decided to [[StartMyOwn create his own pulp sci-fi franchise]]. Lucas decided that he would make his film a grand, epic adventure reminiscient of the stories he grew up with, and one that could be more or less family-friendly. It was a stark contrast to other films at the time, which tended to be extremely gritty and cynical, and exclusively for adults.


With the Disney acquisition, the new owners have indicated they want to return to the franchise's roots -- that is, making the new material more like the OT. Small wonder, since the first three films are considered the pinnacle of the entire franchise. Abrams even filmed ''The Force Awakens'' using 35mm film, instead of filming it digitally, so that he could better emulate the feel of the OT. It shows that, even though ''Star Wars'' has been going strong for three generations, it still has the power to strike a deep chord within audiences everywhere, to the point we'll do anything to get another glimpse of that galaxy far, far away.

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With the Disney acquisition, the new owners have indicated they want to return to the franchise's roots -- that is, making the new material more like the OT. Small wonder, since the first three films are considered the pinnacle of the entire franchise. Abrams even filmed ''The Force Awakens'' using 35mm film, instead of filming it digitally, so that he could better emulate the feel of the OT. It shows that, even though ''Star Wars'' has been going strong for three generations, it still has the power to strike a deep chord within audiences everywhere, to the point we'll do anything to get another glimpse of that galaxy far, far away.away.
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And so it was. It was not until the early-to-mid nineties that Lucas would begin work on the prequels, but he would do so entirely of his own volition. Gone were the constraints of the Director's Guild, the nagging peers who said he would fail, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking those awful weather conditions that made his life so miserable]].[[note]]Well, not quite -- when the crew returned to Africa to film TPM's Tatooine scenes, they were greeted with ANOTHER freak rainstorm. Only ''Star Wars'' could invite that kind of reception from the weather.[[/note]] That's right -- the prequels are so filled with CGI because Lucas was tired of the difficulties presented by practical effects. Ironically, TPM contains less CGI than ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' or ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.

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And so it was. It was not until the early-to-mid nineties that Lucas would begin work on the prequels, but he would do so entirely of his own volition. Gone were the constraints of the Director's Guild, the nagging peers who said he would fail, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking those awful weather conditions that made his life so miserable]].[[note]]Well, not quite -- when the crew returned to Africa to film TPM's Tatooine scenes, they were greeted with ANOTHER freak rainstorm. Only ''Star Wars'' could invite that kind of reception from the weather.[[/note]] That's right -- the prequels are so filled with CGI because Lucas was tired of the difficulties presented by practical effects. Ironically, TPM Interestingly, ''The Phantom Menace'' contains less CGI than ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' or ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.



There are other reasons the film became so popular as well. Lucas poured a lot of money into the special effects of the [[SpecialEffectsOfAwesome infamous opening shot]] -- you know, the one where ''Tantive IV'' flies past the screen, only to be dwarfed by the behemoth Star Destroyer ''Devastator''. Lucas knew that if the audience bought that opening shot, they would sit through the rest of the movie. As it turns out, he was even more right than he realized -- that single shot set a standard for the rest of the film, and it had only just begun!

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There are other reasons the film became so popular as well. Lucas poured a lot of money into the special effects of the [[SpecialEffectsOfAwesome [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome infamous opening shot]] -- you know, the one where ''Tantive IV'' flies past the screen, only to be dwarfed by the behemoth Star Destroyer ''Devastator''. Lucas knew that if the audience bought that opening shot, they would sit through the rest of the movie. As it turns out, he was even more right than he realized -- that single shot set a standard for the rest of the film, and it had only just begun!


The complaints about the prequels are legion. There's too much CGI. Jar Jar and Anakin suck. The podrace is a diversion. The Neimodians are racist. No one does anything smart. The complains have been done to death...and yet no one has ever taken the time to psychoanalyze Lucas' own experiences. As we've already pointed out, Lucas hadn't had an easy time making the original trilogy, and wanted to spare himself the trouble. And he was tired of working within the constraints of Hollywood -- he wanted to make the films his way (as he had every right to do). Very few people would argue that [[ToughActToFollow the prequels are as good as, let alone better than, the originals]]. As for [[ContestedSequel the prequels being bad movies in and of themselves]]...that's a related issue, but ultimately another can of worms entirely. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And one better argued elsewhere]].

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The complaints about the prequels are legion. There's too much CGI. Jar Jar and Anakin suck. The podrace is a diversion. The Neimodians are racist. No one does anything smart. The complains have been done to death...and yet no one has ever taken the time to psychoanalyze Lucas' own experiences. As we've already pointed out, Lucas hadn't had an easy time making the original trilogy, and wanted to spare himself the trouble. And he was tired of working within the constraints of Hollywood -- he wanted to make the films his way (as he had every right to do). Very few people would argue that [[ToughActToFollow the prequels are as good as, let alone better than, the originals]]. As for [[ContestedSequel the prequels being bad movies in and of themselves]]...that's a related issue, but ultimately another can of worms entirely. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And one better argued elsewhere]].elsewhere]].

Lucas was hardly unaware of the backlash against the prequels (people were practically shouting at him about it, and have ever since 1999), but while he was saddened, [[{{Determinator}} he did not deviate from his intended course]]. He modified the plans for his films, but ultimately made something resembling his personal vision. Notably, the prequels were better received as they moved forward, though even ''Revenge of the Sith'' invites its share of snark.

''The Clone Wars'' ran in more or less the same fashion (except that their reception was better overall). We may surmise that this was partially due to Dave Filoni's influence -- while Lucas still held executive power, Filoni contributed a lot of creative influence, allowing Lucas an outside perspective on how the show should be made. (Judging by the show's reception, this was probably a good thing.)

With the Disney acquisition, the new owners have indicated they want to return to the franchise's roots -- that is, making the new material more like the OT. Small wonder, since the first three films are considered the pinnacle of the entire franchise. Abrams even filmed ''The Force Awakens'' using 35mm film, instead of filming it digitally, so that he could better emulate the feel of the OT. It shows that, even though ''Star Wars'' has been going strong for three generations, it still has the power to strike a deep chord within audiences everywhere, to the point we'll do anything to get another glimpse of that galaxy far, far away.


Meanwhile, Disney hired Creator/JJAbrams to direct the newest film, ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. Known for his work on such works as ''Series/{{Lost}}'' and the ''Film/StarTrek2009'' reboot, Abrams has plenty of experience with sci-fi and fantasy. (Interestingly, the ''Star Trek'' reboot has been compared to ''Star Wars''.) He and his entire crew are [[AscendedFanboy ascended fans]], dedicated to making the new film as good as they can. It remains to be seen if they can pull it off, but they certainly seem to be doing their best.

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Meanwhile, Disney hired Creator/JJAbrams to direct the newest film, ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. Known for his work on such works as ''Series/{{Lost}}'' and the ''Film/StarTrek2009'' reboot, Abrams has plenty of experience with sci-fi and fantasy. (Interestingly, the ''Star Trek'' reboot has been compared to ''Star Wars''.) He and his entire crew are [[AscendedFanboy ascended fans]], dedicated to making the new film as good as they can. It remains to be seen if they can pull it off, but they certainly seem to be doing their best.best.

!! Popularity

Ever since its release, ''Star Wars'' has become ''the'' dominating franchise. Even during lulls in its popularity, it still brings in millions every year. In fact, not only did ''A New Hope'' become the highest-grossing film of all time up to that point, but it changed the way movies are made -- the SummerBlockbuster, as we know it, would not have been possible without it.

But what's the secret? How did this one movie spawn a franchise the likes of which no one had ever seen? In his childhood, Lucas asked his mother an important question: "If there's only one {{God}}, why are there so many religions?" You remember how, earlier on this page, we mentioned that Lucas found common threads throughout different cultures' mythologies? Good, because it lies at the root of what makes this franchise so popular. See, Lucas boiled down religion to its most basic principles to create TheForce, as well as a group of monks to follow it -- the Jedi Knights. In essence, The Force was able to reach so many people due to its cultural neutrality.

There are other reasons the film became so popular as well. Lucas poured a lot of money into the special effects of the [[SpecialEffectsOfAwesome infamous opening shot]] -- you know, the one where ''Tantive IV'' flies past the screen, only to be dwarfed by the behemoth Star Destroyer ''Devastator''. Lucas knew that if the audience bought that opening shot, they would sit through the rest of the movie. As it turns out, he was even more right than he realized -- that single shot set a standard for the rest of the film, and it had only just begun!

Another reason is due to the number of themes explored in the film. We mentioned that Lucas grew up with comics, sci-fi, etc.? All of that contributed to the film in some way. The ''Star Wars'' galaxy takes themes from all different aspects of fiction, and condenses them into a coherent universe that utilizes them all in some way, with the additional caveat of placing them in a high-adventure setting -- an [[{{Escapism}} escapist]] setting.

Now that's all fine and dandy, but what about the prequels? How did they become so divisive? After many years of being in charge of his own studio, Lucas finally sat down in the director's chair once again -- a bold move, since he hadn't directed since ''A New Hope''. He was also free of the constraints of Hollywood executives -- a dangerous situation for someone who was as traumatized as he was.

The complaints about the prequels are legion. There's too much CGI. Jar Jar and Anakin suck. The podrace is a diversion. The Neimodians are racist. No one does anything smart. The complains have been done to death...and yet no one has ever taken the time to psychoanalyze Lucas' own experiences. As we've already pointed out, Lucas hadn't had an easy time making the original trilogy, and wanted to spare himself the trouble. And he was tired of working within the constraints of Hollywood -- he wanted to make the films his way (as he had every right to do). Very few people would argue that [[ToughActToFollow the prequels are as good as, let alone better than, the originals]]. As for [[ContestedSequel the prequels being bad movies in and of themselves]]...that's a related issue, but ultimately another can of worms entirely. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And one better argued elsewhere]].

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Sadly for fans of ''The Clone Wars'', the series had begun to struggle in the ratings. In fact, ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' was already in development before the former's cancellation. When Disney looked at the situation, they basically said, "Look; your show isn't going to last much longer. Let's scrap it and start over with this new project of yours." Filoni's crew therefore stopped working on ''The Clone Wars'' to focus on ''Rebels''.

Due to its placement in the timeline, ''Rebels'' has a much different feel from ''The Clone Wars''. ''Rebels'' strives, above all things, to [[GenreThrowback emulate the feel of the original trilogy]] -- appropriate, since the OT was Lucas' love letter to the media he loved as a kid. Many of the concepts of the prequels and ''The Clone Wars'' are abandoned for the OT's concepts, although they are still viewed with the lens that the prequels ''happened''. ''Rebels'' essentially serves as a {{Reconstruction}} of the franchise, while still introducing enough new material to keep fans happy.

Meanwhile, Disney hired Creator/JJAbrams to direct the newest film, ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. Known for his work on such works as ''Series/{{Lost}}'' and the ''Film/StarTrek2009'' reboot, Abrams has plenty of experience with sci-fi and fantasy. (Interestingly, the ''Star Trek'' reboot has been compared to ''Star Wars''.) He and his entire crew are [[AscendedFanboy ascended fans]], dedicated to making the new film as good as they can. It remains to be seen if they can pull it off, but they certainly seem to be doing their best.

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