I dont get it...i remember, look up, and spoon feed you a direct quote from the creator all this intellectual property to date, and you just keep going like you know better than even he does. Are you writing for the new films? Because it sounds like you know more about Star Wars than George Lucas and maybe 50% of all fandom.
you don't get it because either you do not understand story and structure or are so confused by movies that you have no idea how to identify who the main characters are of a movie and a movie's plot unless you are told.
the rest of the movie going public can go see a movie and identify by the events of the movie who the main character is and what the plot is. and when watching Star Wars Anakin Skywalker is not the protagonist of any of the movies and the plots of the movies are not about him.
the Star Wars movies exist completely independent of anything George Lucas says. that is a fact. when you go to the theater and watch them, you aren't watching George Lucas' opinion, you are watching the events as they exist on film. what Lucas says is irrelevant, especially when what he says contradict the actual events of the movie.
so, either you are conceding that you have never watched a movie and were able to identify the plot of the movie and who the main character and the antagonists were, or you are conceding you can watch a movie and identify the plot and main character without being told. and if you can do the latter, what the writer says about it is irrelevant. the movie itself dictates who the main characters are and what the story is about, not the writer's opinion of it. like I said, Lucas may have intended the moves to be about Anakin, but the actual movies he made are not.
I don't get it. I made that point very clear and gave a simple example. it has nothing to do with knowing more about the property, it is simply about understanding what you have actually watched on screen. and the same ability it takes to watch Die Hard and know the plot is about terrorists taking over an office building and identifying that John McClane is the main character that the story is about, not Sgt. Powell, is the same ability that identifies that Anakin Skywalker is not the main character of Star Wars and who the story is about.
I am talking about the movies. you can talk about Lucas' intent, but it is completely meaningless.
or enlighten me. please explain what the plot of the three prequels are and how Anakin Skywalker is the protagonist of those films (who the films are about). go ahead.
As much as I think Feat is overreacting over the announcement that Disney is buying Lucasarts, he is right in regards to the films being about Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker.
The original trilogy follows the Hero's (Luke) story where the Hero sets off to a journey to not only save the world, but to understand, and eventually save himself; Lucas used Joseph Campbell's monomyth, or the hero's journey, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_hero%27s_journey#Freedom_to_Live) as the basis for the SW films. I watched an art history documentary about Star Wars and the Hero's Journey years ago.
I can easily explain this. Anakin also fits in the Hero's Journey mold, abeit his stages are in different lengths than his son. For instance, his death and rebirth is quite obvious - his death and rebirth, which leads to his transformation is his "death" as Anakin and his "rebirth" as Vader. His return (where it comes to full circle) is when the emperor tries to kill Luke. In that moment, Vader returns as Anakin and saves Luke's live.
The plot of the three prequel movies are Anakins call for adventure, the challenges and trials he faces as a jedi, and his transformation as Vader. Short story - the prequel films about Anakin becoming Vader; movie one is about Anakin's freedom of tatoonie and becoming a padawan. Movie two is his training as a Jedi, his little taste of the dark side, and trying to get in Padme's pants. Part 3 is his descent to the dark side and his transformation as Vader. That was the main reason behind the prequels; the films is basically an origin story of Darth Vader.
Remember that Qui Gon was added to the Phantom Menace later in pre-development. Like it or not, The Prequel films were all about Anakin becoming Vader, not Qui Gon and Obi Wan. Obi Wan isn't the main protagonist in any of the films. His role in the films is merely being the mentor to the protagonist (Anakin.) The whole Jedi's pursuit of who is behind the trade dispute is a backdrop for Vader's story - Anakin isn't the subplot, but the Jedi's pursuit behind the trade dispute is. When I was a teen, I remember the number one reason everyone wanted to watch the prequel films was because the movies were about Vader slowly becoming Vader.
Why else is Anakin the only character ages in the prequels? It is to see him grow as Vader.
As for the trilogies, I have a feeling that they will be about Leia's and/or Luke's kids. There were rumors long ago when episodes 7,8, and 9 were films revolving around the Skywalker kids. Makes since it is continuing the Hero's Journey, but with new protagonist(s).
I certainly appreciate your well thought out argument, but it suffers from one fatal flaw -- the hero's journey is not exclusive to just the main character of a story, even if it is predominantly used just for the main character. that is simply a choice of the storyteller. but if a story has a rich enough subplot for a supporting character, that supporting character can have his own hero's journey as well. the issue is that most stories do not create such rich subplots because the "space" for the story is limited and the focus is on the major conflict of the story. the Star Wars prequels, on the other hand, because it stretches over three films, has the space to do so, and it does.
so the existence of the hero's journey does not define who the protagonist of the story is.
beyond that, your assertion that the plot of the prequels is about a young slave that escapes and becomes an evil Sith Lord is incorrect. First you have to look at the films individually for their individual plots, and then identify who is the main character within those plots that is seeking to solve the problem. you have started with a character in mind as the protagonist and then simply stated his journey is the plot of the films. you have it backwards.
The Phantom Menace's plot is not about a slave boy that is rescued, which is Anakin's story in the movie. The plot is the Jedi's investigation of the trade dispute that leads them to the discovery of the Sith. And it is that plot that grows throughout all three films, culminating in the Sith's plan to destroy the Jedi. the protagonist of that plot in TPM is Qui Gon, not Anakin. Anakin is a supporting character in this movie whose story is just a subplot.
Attack of the Clones is about the further investigation of the events of the first film which leads to the discovery of the Clones of the title. The protagonist of that story is Obi Won. Anakin's role in the film is to protect Padme, who he in turn falls in love with, which is, again, just the subplot of the actual conflict -- the Jedi's versus the separatist. plots are defined by the conflicts of the story, and although Anakin has internal conflict as a character it is not the actual conflict of the story being told.
Revenge of the Sith's plot is about the Jedi's continued fight with the Separatists, which culminates with Palpatine finally unveiling his master plan and destroying the Jedi. again, Obi Won is the protagonist of this story, with Anakin's journey to the dark side a subplot of it. now, it is a major subplot, but a subplot none the less.
The plot of the prequels are not Anakin's journey. no description of any of the prequels plots actually discuss primarily any element of Aankin's hero journey, it is always about the Jedi's and the conflict of the Separatists, and then Anakin's subplot is mentioned.
Plot is the series of events that occur in a cause and effect pattern, with rising action and a climax. that is the Jedi versus Separatist conflict in the prequels.
Subplots are side stories that exist alongside the main plot, and even connect to it. that is Anakin's journey in the prequels. Specifically:
"Subplots are distinguished from the main plot by taking up less of the action, having less significant events occur, with less impact on the 'world' of the work, and occurring to less important characters.
the main action of the prequels is not Anakin's journey. that takes up far less of the movies than the Jedi's investigation and conflict with the Separatists, thus is inherently the subplot. this is why you have to start with identifying the plots, not simply the concept of the Hero's Journey, because the main plot involves the main character, which is not Anakin. Sideous did not need Anakin to execute Order 66 and execute the Jedi's. he had everyone in place before hand and the majority of the Jedi's were not executed by or because of Anakin. you can eliminate Anakin ever becoming Vader in ROTS and still have the rest of the events occur, further proof of the lack of significance to the overall plot and why it is the subplot and thus Anakin not the protagonist.
beyond that, the easiest way to determine who the main character is which character's journey reveals the conflict and the plot to the audience. In the prequels it is not Anakin, because his journey only reveals to the audience his personal journey, not the plot and the conflict of the Separatits vs the Jedi.
this is in complete contrast to the original prequels, in which the audience discovers the plot about the Rebels vs the Empire through Luke Skywalker.
again, good discussion.