LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles (a J!-ENT DVD Review)
August 30, 2015 by Dennis Amith
For the young or the young at heart, “LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles” is a wonderful CG animated series featuring a lot of humor, action and adventure for the entire family!
DVD TITLE: LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles
DURATION: (Four Episodes) 92 Minutes
DVD INFORMATION: 1:78:1, English, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 2.0 Dolby Digital Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish
RATED: TV Y7 FV
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Directed by Michael Hegner
Written by Michael Price
Original Music by John Williams
Executive Producers: Erik Wilstrup, Torsten Jacobsen, Michael Price
Producer: Irene Sparre
Produced by WIL FILM ApS
Featuring the voices of:
Tom Kane as Yoda/Narrator
Anthony Daniels as C-3P0
Matt Sloan as Darth Vader
Trevor Devall as Emperor Palpatine/Admiral Piett/Bib Fortuna/Jar Jar
Sam Vincent as Rako/Young Obi Wan
Kelly Metszger as Vaash Ti
Brian Drummond as Bobby/Storm Trooper 1
Tabitha St. Germain as Bene
Andrew Francis as Bail Organa/Storm Trooper 2
Michael Donovan as Ghost (older) Obi Wan
Brian Dobson as JEK/Nemoidian Senator
Michael Dangerfield as Han Solo/Black Squadron Pilot
Eric Bauza as Luke Skywalker/Rusty
Heather Doerksen as Princess Leia
Your favorite Star Wars heroes are back with four complete episodes (plus a bonus alternate ending!) that unleash the lighter side of the Force.
After headstrong Luke nearly delivers the good guys into Palpatine’s clutches, Master Yoda and the ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi unearth the Holocrons – last remnants of the secrets of the Jedi – to further Luke’s training. But Darth Vader also seeks the Holocrons, and he’ll stop at nothing to get to them first! Meanwhile, courageous superclone Jek-14, a Force-sensitive clone, comes out of retirement to help bolster the Rebels. Share all the action-packed thrills of these interlocking, intergalactic adventures in LEGO® STAR WARS: The New Yoda Chronicles!
For those who have enjoyed the LEGO Star Wars games and the toys and are looking for a LEGO series that is lighthearted, plenty of humor and all-out fun, one will want to give “LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles” a chance.
The series takes place before “LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace” and during a time when Yoda is training Padawans at the Jedi Temple Academy and feels a disturbance in The Force.
With the first season consisting of three episodes airing on the Cartoon Network, Disney started to release the second season consisting of four episodes (episodes 4-7) in 2014 on Disney Channel and Disney XD.
And now, “LEGO Star Wars: The Yoga Chronicles” will be released on DVD in Sept. 2015!
Here is a spoilerless summary of each episode featured on the DVD:
- Episode 7 – Escape from the Jedi Temple – Luke and friends are captured by Darth Vader.
- Episode 8 – Race for the Holocrons – Darth Vader is in search of the Holocrons, meanwhile Luke, Leia and the droids are in Utapau trying to find a ship to travel to Tatooine.
- Episode 9 – Raid on Coruscant – The Empire attacks Naboo, while Luke and friends must evacuate from Kashyyyk.
- Episode 10 – Clash of the Skywalkers – The Emperor sends Darth Vader to destroy Luke Skywalker.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
“LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles” is presented in 1:78:1 aspect ratio and is enhanced for 16×9 televisions. Dialogue is presented in English and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and French 2.0 Dolby Digital. Subtitles are presented in English SDH, French and Spanish.
While I would have loved to watch this series in HD, I will say that this series and its CG is fantastic. The LEGO series captures the toyline very well and I love the textures as the characters showcase their plastic sheen, as well as the actual LEGO parts. Voice acting is well-done and CG effects are also well done!
Colors are vibrant and for the most part, the series looks very good on DVD!
“LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles” comes with the following special feature:
- Alternate Ending: “Clash of the Skywalkers” – (1:50) An alternate ending to the seventh episode (season two finale).
As an adult who has grown up with the LEGO Star Wars toys and video games and have watched my son over the years to grow to up to enjoy these games and also build the LEGO Star Wars sets, “LEGO Star Wars” has been a brand that has brought myself and my son together for family time.
And with the release of “LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles”, I found the series to be another LEGO animated series that appeals to people of all ages.
Who doesn’t love LEGO? Who doesn’t love “Star Wars”? And when you have the mixture of the two for the toys, the video games and a CG animated series, you know you’re going to have a lot of fun.
It’s important to note that LucasFilm gave LEGO to have fun and create their own stories within the “Star Wars” universe.
For the second season of “LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles”, the primary goal is Darth Vader going after Luke Skywalker but also going after the Holocrons.
And while Yoda and the ghost of Obi Wan Kinobi sense a change within the Force, Luke Skywalker and friends try to avoid the Empire as best as they can. Of course, Han Solo and Leia’s early relationship has a bit of friction and C-3PO tends to get in more trouble than expected, but still, the adventures of Luke and friends are entertaining, fun and the humor will no doubt having adults and children laughing.
If anything, I know I’m a bit biased towards “LEGO Star Wars” but I love the combination of “Star Wars” and “LEGO” and the humor, action and animation that goes along with a series such as “LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles”.
The CG is wonderful as characters retain their LEGO shiny plastic sheen, the environments are well-rendered and detailed and while not released on Blu-ray, the picture quality looks good on DVD. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 (English and Spanish, while French is in Dolby Digital 2.0) and dialogue, music and sound effects are crystal clear. There is only one special feature, which is an alternate ending of episode 7’s “Clash of the Skywalkers”.
Overall, for the young or the young at heart, “LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles” is a wonderful CG animated series featuring a lot of humor, action and adventure for the entire family!
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