The Star Wars prequels were far from perfect, but there’s no denying how epic those lightsaber battles were. Yes, they sometimes went a little over-the-top in terms of choreography, but we can surely all agree that the final duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith was an epic sight to behold.
The Clone Wars‘ final season finally caught up to the events of Episode III, expanding key scenes in the movie by shedding new light on what Anakin’s Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, was up to when her Master fell to the Dark Side.
Unfortunately, we never got to see Obi-Wan and Anakin’s clash on Mustafar recreated in the show’s unique animation style. Well, thanks to an immensely talented group of fans and animators called Hello There Animation, we finally have an idea of what it might have looked like. And it is awesome.
Check it out in the player below (via SFFGazette.com).
The dialogue used is obviously from Revenge of the Sith, meaning we hear the voices of Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen in place of The Clone Wars‘ James Arnold Taylor and Matt Lanter.
The final result is incredible, though, and should some of those lost episodes ever need some additional help, here’s hoping Lucasfilm turns to this talented group.
Earlier this year, prequel trilogy stunt coordinator Nick Gillard revealed that both McGregor and Christensen pushed back against George Lucas when he went down the “high ground” route for the final clash. As a result, an alternate version of the fight’s closing moments was discussed which sounds considerably better.
“There was a version – that whole volcano thing where they land on that droid wasn’t there,” he recalls. “Originally, they swung and landed – they swung off that great big boat and they landed on the side of the volcano, on the lava right next to each other.”
“And straight away, Anakin just grabbed him by the…he disarmed him…[and] grabbed him by the throat. He’s got him and Obi’s saber is down on the ground, and Anakin says, ‘I’m sorry it has to be this way, my master,’ and actually lets [the lightsaber] go.”
“Obi hunches to get away from it, sucks his saber up, as he pulls his saber up he cuts through Anakin’s arms, almost by mistake, and then chops through his legs almost by mistake, and the whole body fell off of his legs,” Gillard concludes. “It was more of a defense-gone-wrong kind of move. It was strong.”
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