What's Really For the Kids?

Filoni says no:

 It seemed as we went further in the season, the things that George [Lucas] wanted to see were a lot more intense and we were able to get things even darker and a bit more serious. Especially when you compare it with the film, where we started. I think that's something we as a crew all wanted to do. I know that I did, and Henry Gilroy did. We kind of had to see what a Star Wars animated series was going to be like and was it just going to be a cartoon for kids. It turned out that it's just not. We just try now to make it like the classic movies. They're quite fun, but they can also get quite dark. So that's what we shoot for now.


IGN: [Laughs] Me too. You mentioned that as the season progressed, you began to shift things into darker territory. Was it a challenge figuring out what the balance would be as you went on, since you do have some younger fans who enjoy the stuff with Jar Jar and the Battle Droids, versus the older fans who prefer the darker material?

Filoni: Yeah, I think it's always a challenge. There's this perception right away, since we're animated, that we're just for kids, always, which is just not true. When I was a little kid, I really liked Empire Strikes Back. Now, it freaked me out, because I was really little. When I saw Luke's hand get cut off, I was like, "Oh my gosh…" But something George told me, when we're doing stuff like that, is that as long as there's an intention and a purpose and a story point, we can do things that are intense, because they're just not done gratuitously. We have to keep that in mind. Because I think ultimately, we're chasing some of the best fantasy/science fiction films ever made with our little television series and that's a heavy order for fans. They want us to be as good as those movies, all the time, wrapped into 22 minutes. So we have to have intensity.

But then there's also that whole fun, funny side to Star Wars, like, "Get this walking carpet out of my way." And you have a girl swinging across a chasm on a rope, kissing a guy. It doesn't get much more fairy tale/fantasy than that. So we try to capture all of that and just at the end of the day, tell a good story.

Apparently this is the opposition's attempt to copy my little side point that the Incredible Cross-Sections books are children's books (which is true, as per the 11 links (some from DK, the publisher, directly) on this page), and try to turn it around to ignore some of the highest canon of Star Wars.  Or, as one SB denizen put it, "Not that I put much stock in the series anyway. [...] I don't take what goes on with any particular seriousness. It is a kid's show, after all."

Um, no it isn't.   It's what George Lucas is doing with Star Wars these days.   Sorry if you don't like it, or if it bursts your little Saxtonian Wankery bubble, but TCW sure looks like Star Wars always has  . . . at least, to most everybody but you.

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