Thursday, February 17, 2011

Clone Wars Season 3 Season Finale: Chewbacca in TCW and Episode Titles Revealed

The sound you hear is millions of fan girls and boys exploding in joy as it is announced that Chewbacca will be coming to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in the two part Season 3 Finale.

First reported by the NY Times, the episode titles for the two part season finale have also been announced as "Padawan Lost" and "Wookie Hunt."

Though Lucasfilm Animation is keeping specific plot details under wraps, the “Clone Wars” finale, scheduled for April 1, will see Chewbacca cross paths with Ahsoka Tano, the Jedi apprentice to Anakin Skywalker (a k a the future Darth Vader). To prepare for these episodes, titled “Padawan Lost” and “Wookiee Hunt,” the “Clone Wars” supervising director Dave Filoni and his team of animators and artists delved into the Lucasfilm archives for original Chewbacca reference materials and costumes, and invited Mr. Mayhew to their studios in Marin County, north of San Francisco, to advise them on the process of bringing Chewie to digital life.

Peter Mayhew also got the chance to portray the voice acting for Chewbacca in these episodes:

To portray Chewbacca for “The Clone Wars,” Mr. Mayhew was not required to don the outfit at all. (“I was doing it in my own clothing,” he said.) However, he did record dialogue for the character, having learned over the years to emulate the blend of bear growls and other animal noises used to create Chewie’s voice.
Lucasfilm hasn’t said yet if Chewbacca will return for future episodes of “The Clone Wars,” but Mr. Mayhew said he was happy to have been so closely associated with the character for nearly 35 years.



Riley posted on The Bothan Report Facebook Page has screen captures from the Chewie Trailer: LINK

Joel Aron (TCW Visual Effects Supervisor) Posted a portrait of Peter Mayhew on Flicker/Twitter: LINK

New character model art of Chewbacca from The Clone Wars posted on Star  LINK
Bowcaster Awesomeness!

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