TV Series Review: The New Yoda Chronicles

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Everyone loves LEGOS.  They make really good media for amateur stop-motion films, so much so that major studios are now making animated LEGO films.

An unexpected delight is Disney's "The New Yoda Chronicles."  Using CGI Legos, the episode "Escape From The Jedi Temple" depicts how Yoda and the ghost of Obi-Wan recall how they liberated the Holochron Crystals from under Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader's non-existent noses and hid them on Tatooine so that Obi-Wan can later use them to train Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Jedi--marking the spot with that serpentine skeleton from "Star Wars.".

It sounds like a straight-forward "Star Wars" film; only thing is, it's played for laughs.  Threepio, for example--his data banks wiped by Senator Bail Organa, he has a new personality as a Rambo-esque action hero toting two big-ass laser rifles and hurling insults at the Imperials.  When Yoda and Obi-Wan send out a call for assistance, and several of Yoda's students respond, no one can remember Rusty, the hammerhead padewan who was Obi-Wan's lab partner.  Yoda and Obi-Wan's ghost sit around the campfire on Dagobah, toasting marshmallows.  The Emperor plays the Imperial march on a boom-box and Force-chokes anyone who doesn't applaud his "new theme music."  A space ship lands and squashes a droid.  Artoo acts as a flip-top trash can.  A Star Destroyer tries to match the Milennium Falcon move-for-move, throwing Admiral Piett, Darth Vader, and a bunch of Stormtroopers around in the control room before stalling out in a steep ascent.  As the Falcon slams on the brakes coming out of hyperspace, and Vader's TIE fighter goes racing past, Han, Luke, and Leia wave at him.  Vader gets spooked by the ghost of Obi-Wan and crashes into the planet--and is greeted by JarJar Binks, his three kids, and their crayons.  They immediately dive on Vader and decorate him with drawings of pretty flowers.

This show is an absolute romp for Star Wars fans, loaded with sight gags and really good CGI animation (even if they're all Legos.)  Even the Legos come in for a gag when one of the Jedi students growls "Oh, for the love of bricks!"

Apparently there was an earlier series titled "The Yoda Chronicles," but this is the first I've heard of this series.  So now I have something else to set the DVR for...

The show runs on Disney XD.

UPDATE: So I got curious and went hunting on YouTube for the first season, which was put out by Lego on The Cartoon Network.  This was set during the period of The Clone Wars.  Yes, the earlier series has a lot of humor, and if you're unfamiliar with the series, I recommend it.  Turns out Lego fan fiction of "Star Wars" is a lot better than the actual canon...