George Lucas Sees Some Action in an All-New Episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Jay Cochran - September 27, 2010
When Pantoran Chairman Papanoida's family is kidnapped and held for ransom, Ahsoka Tano must team up with Senator Riyo Chuchi to aid the new chairman in recovering his family. It’s a journey deep into the dark underbelly of the Coruscant crime scene, with an unlikely – and immediately recognizable – protagonist painted into a corner and forced into action in “Sphere of Influence,” an all-new episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars – airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT Friday, October 1 on Cartoon Network.



Seen only briefly as a background character in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, Papanoida will nonetheless appear very familiar to Star Wars fans, film buffs and pop culture aficionados. He is, of course, modeled after Star Wars creator George Lucas – who also wore blue face paint for the character’s live-action cameo debut.

“My appearance in Episode III was just for fun. Mostly, I did it for my kids,” says Lucas. “I was wrapping the series, and I’d never been on-screen in a Star Wars film, even though I’d been making them for decades. With The Clone Wars, I get the best of both worlds, because I get a starring role but don’t have to do any acting or wear any blue make-up.”

Lucas’ children – Amanda, Katie and Jett – also appeared with the director in the live-action outing, and they, too, make their Clone Wars debut in “Sphere of Influence.” None of the Lucas family provides voice-acting for the series, however; Jett’s doppelganger is voiced by Robot Chicken’s Seth Green, while Amanda and Katie’s avatars are voiced by Meredith Salenger (who also voices Barriss Offee) and Nika Futerman (Asajj Ventress), respectively. Lucas himself is voiced by Clone Wars regular Corey Burton (Count Dooku, Cad Bane) – who based the character’s distinctive sound on Orson Welles’ Harry Lime from The Third Man.

While Papanoida is featured fairly passively in his live-action incarnation, the character has an opportunity for a considerably more active role in The Clone Wars. Taking him deep into the Coruscant underground, the Pantoran Chairman’s mission gives him the chance to demonstrate his chops in a few decidedly action-oriented sequences.

“We actually made Papanoida into kind of an action hero,” says Dave Filoni, supervising director of The Clone Wars. “The bad guys have his family, and he goes after them, blasters blazing. Shoot first, ask questions later. His character is very focused on finding and protecting his kids; it’s a desperate situation, and he steps up. It’s a fun episode with a lot of action – and it’s unique, in that our normal heroes give up the spotlight while Papanoida takes matters into his own hands. This was a surreal episode to produce, since the guy on screen was sitting right next to me while we were making it.”
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willy - 2008-09-17 @ 2:01 am

I found this @ the same store I found the 1 pictured above

Tom-1 - 2008-08-15 @ 8:28 am
The biggest tip-off that this is a returned repack should be that several of the weapons are clearly missing from the packaging, ignoring the fact that heads, hands, and web-gear don't match.

Initially I was going to reply to this because I figured your issue was with the store that accepted it back, instead of it being with anyone who would buy it. @loll@ I don't expect everyone to follow the news here as as strictly as some of us do, but common sense dictates that if there is an emtpy, accesory-shaped bubble on a card or inside a box... ehh steer away from that, because it's not an exclusive.

And wacky as Hasbro's paint schemes may be at times, they typically follow some sense of symmetry. If anyone were to buy this set like it is, I suppose it's their own fault.

Tom

Goldbug - 2008-08-15 @ 6:35 am
i was planning on doing the same thing (without returning them).. but money got tight... and there are too many repaints of those guys as is

Use black paint?

willy - 2008-08-12 @ 10:12 am

Yes the weapons are on the side of the box

CLAM34 - 2008-08-12 @ 3:21 am

i was planning on doing the same thing (without returning them).. but money got tight... and there are too many repaints of those guys as is

canprime - 2008-08-12 @ 2:33 am
Yep I bought it. Guess I'll be returning it, good thing I keep my receipts

I'm new to collecting GI Joe stuff and saw this today

Looks like you did more than just "saw" it....looks like you bought it?

Not to pick on the "new guy" but is this legit, was it like this when you bought it, or is this just something you whipped up for your first post here? @hmmm@

I meant to ask. Are the weapons still in the box? I'm talking about the ones on the side of the box in the yellow section.

willy - 2008-08-12 @ 1:41 am

Yep I bought it. Guess I'll be returning it, good thing I keep my receipts

I'm new to collecting GI Joe stuff and saw this today

Looks like you did more than just "saw" it....looks like you bought it?

Not to pick on the "new guy" but is this legit, was it like this when you bought it, or is this just something you whipped up for your first post here? @hmmm@

Viper Hunter - 2008-08-12 @ 12:48 am
I'm new to collecting GI Joe stuff and saw this today

Looks like you did more than just "saw" it....looks like you bought it?

Not to pick on the "new guy" but is this legit, was it like this when you bought it, or is this just something you whipped up for your first post here? @hmmm@

Admiral Hunter - 2008-08-11 @ 11:16 pm
Well, that explains why I can't find any Python Officers...

want my pp officer? i'll trade figure for figure!

that guy must have some sweet looking troopers wearing all black now though

I was trying to figure out what he was going for with the swapped parts.

All black.

-Kevin

canprime - 2008-08-11 @ 10:06 pm
Well, that explains why I can't find any Python Officers...

want my pp officer? i'll trade figure for figure!

that guy must have some sweet looking troopers wearing all black now though

I was trying to figure out what he was going for with the swapped parts.

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