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Dean, Poe and BB-8 must face their fears, stop an ancient evil from rising, and escape to make it back to their friends.
The second offering from Disney Plus sees Christmas swapped with Halloween as things go from festive to scary in LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales!
I was very interested to see how they handled the story in comparison to the Holiday Special, as from a narrative standpoint Terryifing Tales was more akin to The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror specials – one main story that is secondary to the multiple other stories within the set framework. I think they achieve a nice mix overall, and while some elements are stronger than others, you should be left feeling pretty entertained for the most part. All comedy is subjective, but for me some of the jokes didn’t work as intended, and I’m not talking about the jokes aimed at a younger audience. With that said, there were some ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ gags that were incredibly niche that I found hilarious, so overall I think they get the right mix of comedy, even if it’s not very consistent.
In terms of the cast, many of the actors from the Holiday Special reprise their roles and other big names in the animated voice over world also make an appearance, so when it comes to the quality of the cast, it doesn’t get much better than this! James Arnold Taylor, Sam Witwer, Barbara Goodson, Eric Bauza and Shelby Young are all synonymous with Star Wars animation and all do a fantastic job once again. One surprise cast member I didn’t expect was Christian Slater who plays Ren! I think Slater is vastly underrated and really enjoyed what he brought to his character and story. Likewise, and despite already mentioning them, I really enjoyed the performances of Sam Witwer as Maul and Shelby Young as Leia.
If you put a BlasTech DL-44 to my head and asked me which special I preferred, I would say the Holiday Special as, as I mentioned earlier, I think the humour and the overall story has much more consistency. I think there are many really good ‘laugh out loud’ moments and some of the story elements are really strong, but there are just as many misses as there are hits. I’m not saying that Terrifying Tales was bad, it just wasn’t as good as the Holiday Special. But still, it was LEGO, it was Star Wars and there is something for all the family here, so it’s hard to knock it!
Would I say LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales is a success? Overall, yes it is. It was entertaining and had some perfectly crafted jokes in addition to some great mini-stories. The overall story arc was less impressive and engaging, but even this part of the special had its high points. I think Star Wars fans young and old will enjoy LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales and it more than deserves to become an annual watch every Halloween!
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