More interesting is the AP Review:
George Lucas' prequel trilogy was so overloaded with computer-generated imagery that the digital animation of "Clone Wars" isn't much of a leap. The somber tone of those three movies — chronicling the downfall of Anakin Skywalker from snotty, brooding teen to black-hearted Darth Vader — is gone, replaced with a variation of the campy humor and camaraderie that characterized the original trilogy.
For fans, it serves as a fairly promising introduction to the "Clone Wars" animated series debuting on Cartoon Network this fall. Anakin (voiced by Matt Lanter) and Obi-Wan (James Arnold Taylor) start off in the heat of battle, leading a band of the Republic's clone soldiers against the comically inept android troops of a separatist movement led by the evil Count Dooku (Christopher Lee, reprising his live-action role). To show Anakin's soft, mushy, pre-Vader side, he's given his own Jedi apprentice, Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), a spunky alien girl who quickly forges a wisecracking bond with her usually stoic mentor. The two are assigned to lead a rescue of giant slug crimelord Jabba the Hutt's squishy, squirmy baby Hutt, who has been kidnapped in a conspiracy that gives all our familiar prequel heroes a part to play.
While the movie has a huge body count as ray guns and light sabers flash, "Clone Wars" comes off as rather cute overall. The Shakespearean tragedy of Anakin's transformation into Vader behind him, Lucas turns his gang loose to be merry, even silly. Again, that tone probably will work better in the shorter TV installments. In theaters, it makes for a reasonably fun if generally forgettable story, at least in terms of the grand-opera standards of the live-action "Star Wars" films.
The Animation style doesn't look bad; they seem heavily borrowed from Genndy Tartakovsky's Original "Clone Wars" Cartoon Series (Thanks for the tip, V-man). They should have gone the extra mile though and given them real hair. Obi-wans hair and beard for example just looks too weird, like it will turn into Ridley Scott's Alien thing. Animation is supposed to be pretty jerky - "cartoony" if you will.
The 3D CGI thing will probably go down well with kids, but I think Disney+Lucas+Hollywood are confused here. They abandoned 2D animation in droves when Pixar's Toy Story did well and everything Disney did flopped. But Japan churns out heaps of 2D animation which do very well. Sure the 3D was a novelty factor (back then, before everyone did it), but instead of blaming 2D vs 3D, maybe it was because Disney's stuff stank and Pixar's didn't?
The story? Hmmm... Lucas doesn't even give his live-action movies decent stories, so we'd be expecting even less on a cartoon aimed squarely at kids. Baby Jabba the Hut? Well... there's another action figure.