C-3PO Plays a Pivotal Role in "Trespass" on STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS

Jay Cochran - January 27, 2009

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Anthony Daniels and his alter ego C-3PO play a pivotal role in “Trespass,” an all-new episode of the hit animated series STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, premiering at 9 p.m. ET/PT Friday, Jan. 30, on Cartoon Network.

While investigating the disappearance of a clone security force on a fiercly inhospitable ice world, Anakin and Obi-Wan are caught in the middle of a conflict between the planet’s natives and the greedy representatives of a nearby moon. In an effort to broker a tentative peace, Anakin turns to C-3PO for help – and finds his fluency in more than 6 million forms of communication to be most useful.

Daniels has played C-3PO on screen in all six STAR WARS movies, and has continued in the role since the inception of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. With the animated series, Daniels becomes the only actor to play the same role in every on-screen incarnation of the Saga. He has also become a spokesman and host for the popular Art and Science of Star Wars exhibition around the world, and has written extensively about his experiences as a part of the Star Wars phenomenon.

“I've never left the character or, rather, he's never left me,” says Daniels. “I put him in the cupboard for a while, but people call and I take him out again. There was a time many years ago when I thought I should move on to other things, but then I thought that was stupid. I'm very fond of Threepio.”

Daniels says the voiceover performance of Threepio is a welcome respite from the rigors of bringing Threepio to the screen in live-action productions. He finds the animation process offers “quite a lot of freedom.”

“When you're reading lines by yourself, it's not always as easy to ad-lib,” Daniels says. “But what Dave (Filoni) and I do is to go over my lines before we start because, sadly, I am the world's greatest expert. And I say that with a kind of wry fun, because Threepio is kind of like my best friend, and you know your best friend better than anyone.”

Filoni says, “It was important to have Anthony as Threepio because I wanted to learn as much from him as I could. Anthony has incredible insight into every word and phrase that he says. There’s rarely a line that he won’t adapt to Threepio’s cadence, so we’ve developed a good vocabulary. We’re both excited to do new things with Threepio, and hopefully in the future, viewers will see us expand our view of the character. After all, Threepio is as much an icon of Star Wars as Darth Vader.”

In “Trespass,” Threepio presents his most proper, most effective side – that of translator. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t provide a moment or two of levity, as is usually the case with the protocol droid.

“The thing I always liked about Threepio is that he wasn't a hero – he was somebody who had no sense of humor and no sense of irony,” Daniels says. “He doesn't know that he's funny. We think he's funny because he's ridiculous, he's uptight and a bit critical and it makes us laugh at him. But his saving grace and the reason that we like him is that he's very thoughtful and very loyal. If he's on your side, you would have a friend to the end of your existence. Or probably to the end of his existence, because he's loyal to a fault, to his last nut and his last bolt.”

Daniels has a clear memory of the original reference to the Clone Wars, and the curious impression it had on the cast – though, he admits, nobody had any idea it would grow to the proportions it has achieved within the Star Wars universe.

“I was amused the other day to remember Mark Hamill going through his lines with me one day, and we both kind of looked at each other regarding this casual one-liner about ‘the Clone Wars,’” Daniels recalls. “And then of course, it got picked up in the prequels and now it's its own TV series. Animation has grown up. It's become very, very honorable, and I think Clone Wars has taken the next step.”
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hellion - 2008-05-15 @ 1:18 pm

nice work.

ARROW - 2008-05-15 @ 6:07 am

Okay, here's the final pencil tight of Apogee--pre-rendering (have to add darks and a bit of cross-hatching).

I'm adding in the earlier ruffs again, so everyone can see the evolution.

I'll try to get the inked version done at some point.

First ruff:

Partial tight/ruff:

Final tight-before rendering:

Here's the file-card write-up for Apogee:

Deep Space Search and Rescue/ High Orbit Combat Specialist

Code Name: APOGEE

File Name: Dareson, Daniel, D. SN: 200-01-1701 Grade O-6

Primary Military Specialty: Search and Rescue ( Pararescue-jumper)

Secondary Military Specialty: Deep Space Combat Operations.

Birthplace: Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Apogee is a second-generation astronaut, the first in USAF service. He grew up in sight of the famed launchpads in Florida, and got caught up in the mystique of spaceflight, following in his father's footsteps.

Graduated the Air Force Academy, attended PJ (Pararescue-jumper) school and then applied for Space Shuttle duty, and got it. Served as mission specialist and pilot for several launches, and a few missions we cannot talk about. Was transferred on request of Gen. Hawk to the GIJOE Star Brigade.

Tasked with one of the most specialized assignments on the GIJOE team, he's seldom seen on the ground. Instead, he spends about 6 months out of the year in orbit, on standby for any Defiant or Crusader shuttle launches.

Outfitted with a special long-endurance manned manuvering unit, and a high-powered linear induction ( electromagnetic-propelled) railgun firing caseless ammunition. He's the guy that safeguards GIJOE orbital and near-space operations.

" Apogee is a geek, through and through--but in a good way. He can name every science fiction movie ever made, and a few you never even heard of. He's seen them all dozens of times each, and attends sci-fi conventions a couple times a year when he's dirt-side. He's a good man in a fight, and has saved a few Joes hides more than once.

Just watch out that he doesn't try to nerve-pinch any COBRAs on the neck........"

cmderinchief - 2008-05-13 @ 12:54 pm

Awesome! I miss the DD guys coming to the con and drawing pics. I so wanted a Torpedo last year only to find they send a tokken crew. I treasure the sketch of Snow Job Seely made me. I really dig your work. Very very very cool!!!!

kreyonkid - 2008-05-12 @ 10:52 pm

wow ARROW!! Thanks for sharing that! Hope to see more!! Yer stuff kicks butt!

ARROW - 2008-05-12 @ 10:23 pm
ur drawings reminds me of tom grummet's art...good job, nice stuff

Thank you all for the kind words and compliments.

And I'll be in very close proximity to Mr. Grummett before the end of the year, and I have acquaintances that know him, so...........

All it would take is a fart 'n a whistle....

jjlecaros - 2008-05-12 @ 9:32 pm

ur drawings reminds me of tom grummet's art...good job, nice stuff

ARROW - 2008-05-12 @ 9:10 pm

Here's one done just today:

falcon7 - 2008-05-09 @ 7:52 pm

Nice pics.

Valdin - 2008-05-09 @ 7:14 am

Very cool. I like it all!!

kreyonkid - 2008-05-09 @ 3:25 am

awesome work!!

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