Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Star Wars - AT-AT
I've always loved The Empire Strikes Back its just got loads of great bits in it (and not too many puppets) and we are back to some excellent model work from ILM on the four legged Imperial Walkers that we see at the start of the film. In many ways the AT-AT's are the very worst kind of 'heavy tank', slow and with not a huge amount of ordinance, their long legs seem somewhat of a mistake too on the battlefront. But like many things in Star Wars for all their failings they look really really cool. Lumbering through the snow drifts in the Battle of Hoth, stomping along, blowing things up, yeah they rock. For all the digital tom-foolery you get on the sequels you can't beat the use of stop animation on the AT-ATs, it just works perfectly.