ROADTRIPPIN’ co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden respond to a letter asking why the production values on the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series seem to be so “flat.” Given the history of Disney as an innovator in animation and production, it seems odd that the studio would be okay with mediocre CGI and other visual effects.

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NOTE: This “Extra” is a segment from the ROADTRIPPIN’ with RMB podcast recorded on June 3, 2022 (Episode #37).


Never fear I’ll be happy to write you a letter.

So far, Kenobi has not been bad. But to me, that is not good enough.

I don’t want to echo your thoughts, but I want to say that I agree that the production value is not up to par for me. I expect Star Wars to be at a high level and I really expect a Disney product to be at that level if not higher. That is why they bought it right?

I imagine Disney as a company that was innovative and filled with great stories and characters and now, I see them just making product for our over-consuming population. That is where I think we are at.

Studios are more interested in product and fan consumption rather than great storytelling. They are settling for short-term profit and notoriety rather than long-term staying power and remembrance. The show’s sets are boring probably because it is filmed mostly with a green screen.

The bad thing is, I am noticing it more now.

Just watched the first two episodes of Stranger Things and it seems more well produced. Why? This is STAR WARS!

Oh yeah, they film outside on this beautiful planet of ours.

My wife and I just finished 6 seasons and two movies of Downton Abbey and the sets and production seemed so much better. Apples and oranges I understand but come on.

Please, Disney, do better. I am rooting for you and just want the best effort and I don’t think fans are getting it.

Keep up the good work boys.

See ya,

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This episode was recorded on June 3, 2022.

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