Hearing Clone Wars Voice Actors Dubbed Over the Prequels Just Makes Me Want Animated Do-Overs

Tell me you wouldn’t watch a whole movie of this.
Tell me you wouldn’t watch a whole movie of this.
Image: Lucasfilm

It’s weird, but given that Clone Wars ran for so long (and will live again on Disney+!), when I think of the prequel era of Star Wars I immediately hear the voices of Matt Lanter’s Anakin and James Arnold Taylor’s Obi-Wan. Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor who?

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Both Obi-Wan and Anakin recently came to Battlefront II, as part of an ongoing process in the game celebrating the Clone Wars era. Like other characters in the game, such as Grievous, Dooku, the Clone Troopers, and Battle Droids, they’re both voiced by their Clone Wars counterparts rather than stand-ins attempting to emulate the movie actors.

But all these characters need voice lines and dialogue for you to emote with (and for when they interact with other heroes and villains in a match). So what that means is, we actually have a host of dialogue snippets from Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, performed by the stars of Clone Wars—and Battlefront YouTuber Cinematic Captures capitalized on that by pulling said snippets from the game and layering them over clips from the movie.

There’s even a Dooku-focused clip, for good measure!

It...actually kind of works? I’d almost be down for a Clone Wars re-dub of the entire prequel trilogy, to see if this voice cast could help soften the resounding clunk of some of the saga’s dialogue. (Lanter almost makes Anakin’s hatred of sand work! Almost!) But more than anything, it almost makes me wish we had Clone Wars animated versions of the prequel saga, a special-edition-style remaster that I bet at least a few people could get behind, more than editing who shot first and whatnot.

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Maybe a compromise: the prequels animated in the style of Galaxy of Adventures, but with the Clone Wars voice actors stepping in. Either way, it’d be great to hear these actors get their chance to re-embody these characters once again.


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My feeling has always been that there’s nothing wrong in theory with the prequels, it’s just that Lucas was ill-equipped to tell his stories without a Kasdan or Kershner-level collaborator, and was really not good when it came to communicating his ideas with the younger, less experienced actors. (Hamill, Ford, and Fisher were great at improv and could navigate around Lucas’s clunky writing. Not so much Lloyd, Portman, or Christensen.)

That said, for all their flaws, I find the prequels to be way more interesting than the Disney movies. A lot of the CGI has dated badly (especially in AotC), but there are some cool concepts and designs in them. The ST has much better acting and dialogue, but visually and thematically it’s just a rehash of the OT, with digital effects in analog drag. After watching the Marvel space operas and Aquaman, I really cannot understand why we cannot have shiny spacecraft, gigantic cities, and colorful creatures in a modern Star Wars movie. Solo looked like it was filmed in a junk yard.