LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Complete Season One (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
December 5, 2016 by Dennis Amith
“LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” is a wonderful LEGO animated series for children, the family and Star Wars fans who are young at heart. Fun, adventurous and action-packed, if you love LEGO and love “Star Wars”, then this Blu-ray release is definitely worth owning!
TITLE: LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Complete Season One
FILM RELEASE: 2016
DURATION: (Episodes 1-13) 299 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 aspect ratio), English and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 2.0 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish
RATED: TV Y7 FV
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Created by Bill Motz and Bob Roth
Developed by Carrie Beck, Jack Blais, Leland Chee, Keith Malone, John McCormack
Directed by Michael Hegner, Jens Moller, Martin Skov, Frederik Budolph-Larsen, Per Risager
Written by George Lucas, Danielle Witz, James W. Bates, John Behnke, Russ Carney, Ron Corcillo, David Shayne
Producer:Carrie Beck, Jake Blais, Jason Cosler, Irene Sparre Hjorthoj
Executive Producer: Torsten Jacobsen, Bill Motz, Bob Roth, Jill Wilfert, Erik Willstrup
Co-Producer: Vicky Kjaer Jensen, Jacqueline Lopez
Music by Michael Kramer
Edited by Henrik Bech, Kristian Haskjold, Emma Hjulmand Nielsen, Lars Wissing
Art Direction by Mad Tuxen, Jonas Ussing
Vanessa Lengies as Kordi
Grey DeLisle as Naare
Nicolas Cantu as Rowan
Matthew Wood as Roger
Eugene Byrd as Zander
Trevor Devall as Emperor
Matt Sloan as Darth Vader
Dana Snyder as Graballa
James Patrick Stuart as Dengar
John DiMaggio as Baash
Danny Jacobs as Raam
Jeff Bennett as Commander Plumestriker
Thomas Lennon as Wick Cooper
Greg Baldwin as Furlac
Richard Kind as Durbin
Kevin Michael Richardson as Jabba
Michal Daingerfield as Han Solo
Julie Dolan as Leia
Taking place between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, these new adventures follow a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from battle debris strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact – the Kyber Saber –he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. The Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters and discover the strength of family. Relive all 13 action-packed episodes in LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Season One.
In June 2016, Disney XD unveiled the latest LEGO Star Wars animation titled “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures”.
A 13-episode series that was created by Bill Motz (“Swindle”, “The Penguins of Madagascar”, “Rufus”) and Bob Roth (“The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride”, “Mickey’s Twince Upon a Christmas”, “Aladdin: The Return of Jafar”).
And now the first season will be available on Blu-ray courtesy of Disney.
Taking place between “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”, the series revolves around the Freemaker family which include Kordi, Zander and their younger brother Rowan along with their droid Roger.
The four work in the salvage business and try to salvage parts from destroyed or damaged ships.
But when the two get caught in a battle between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, young Rowan discovers an ancient artifact known as the Kyber Saber.
He is immediately found by Naare, a mysterious force-wielder who recognizes that Rowan has a connection to the Force and has the ability to find the artifacts needed to create the Kyber Saber (which was separated into pieces to keep it away from evil hands). Which both Darth Vader and Darth Sidious are trying to find.
As the Freemakers team up with Naare, thinking she’s a good jedi, the truth is that she is a sith sent by the Emperor to use Rowan to find the artifacts needed to put the Kyber Saber together. And giving Rowan an idea that he has the potential to become a jedi.
And as the Freemakers travel throughout the galaxy to find the artifacts, they run into a few familiar faces such as Lando, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and more.
“LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Complete Season One” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 aspect ratio). The animation is fantastic and the detail for the space craft and characters are well-done. The animation is colorful and detailed for a LEGO Star Wars series and there is no doubt improvement seen in the animation of the characters, especially when comparing to past LEGO Star Wars animated series.
I did not notice any artifacts or banding issues during my viewing of each episode.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Complete Season One” is presented in English and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, and also French Dolby Digital 2.0 with subtitles in English SDH, French and Spanish.
While dialogue is crystal clear, as with its musical score and light saber sound effects and action sequences utilizing the surround channels, it would have been awesome to have a lossless soundtrack for the Blu-ray release. But for the most part, audio is crystal clear.
“LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Complete Season One” comes with the following special features:
- The Freemaker Adventures: Meet the Freemaker Family – (2:18) Featuring the voice talent of “Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures”.
- Freemaker Salvage and Repair – (1:00) The Freemaker Salvage and Repair commercial.
“LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Complete Season One” comes with a slipcover, six exclusive magnets and a DisneyMovieRewards code.
With the latest “LEGO Star Wars” animated series, “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” is a series that will no doubt appeal to children thanks to its young protagonist but also appeal to Star Wars fans who will be happy to see familiar faces and vehicles from the “Star Wars” films in this series.
The series revolves around the Freemaker family which consists of Kordi Freemaker, the protective sister; Zander Freemaker, the eldest brother and mechanic who specializes in creating new ships and devices from leftover components and their younger brother Rowan, a 12-year-old force-sensitive boy who doesn’t really listen to his siblings and often gets into trouble.
With the Galactic Empire in search of the Kyber Saber, they have a sith named Naare infiltrate the Freemaker family and to make Rowan think he’s a jedi with potential and that she is a jedi that sees that he is force-sensive and wants to train him. But in truth, she is using his force-sensitive power to find the artifacts to rebuild the Kyber Saber.
And as the Freemakers look for the crystal artifacts, through their adventures they will run into characters such as Jabba the hutt, Boba Fett, Dengar, Baash, Raam, Lando Calrissian, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Admiral Ackbar, Jek-14 (from “LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles”) and more.
And for comedy relief, the series introduces us to Jabba the Hutt’s jealous cousin, Graballa the Hut and under his employ is the bounty hunter, Dengar.
The CG animation for this series is fantastic and close up shows wonderful detail, plastic sheen and for the most part, the animation looks great! And because of how the characters are designed, it really does a great job of attracting children to the “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” toy sets. The Blu-ray release comes with a few special features, but you do get six exclusive magnets included.
Overall, “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” is a wonderful LEGO animated series for children, the family and Star Wars fans who are young at heart. Fun, adventurous and action-packed, if you love LEGO and love “Star Wars”, then this Blu-ray release is definitely worth owning!
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