Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman armed in the arena in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones.

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Nineteen years ago this month, the prequel trilogy of Star Wars’ Skywalker Saga continued telling the story of Anakin Skywalker’s fall and Darth Vader’s rise with 2002’s Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. With the anniversary recently taking place, it’s naturally a time of differing opinions, memeworthy moments, and interesting questions, all celebrating director George Lucas’s second episode in the franchise’s overall story.

With Attack Of The Clones celebrating its birthday on Sunday, the movie inspired bunch of chatter on Twitter. And who better to start off the festival of noise than Disney themselves, as the D23 Twitter account had a message of fondness to share with everyone – though it was also threw in an old school reference to one of Hayden Christensen’s most notorious moments in the saga:

Even with the uneven legacy that’s seen Attack of the Clones often written off as the least favored installment of the Star Wars universe, there’s still some moments and aspects that are still seen as memorable. One of those bright spots has to be the continued legacy of Ewan McGregor’s Obi Wan Kenobi, who really got to stretch his legs and rock some iconic looks in Episode II. That hasn’t been forgotten, especially by our next fan’s reaction:

Memes: they keep a movie alive well past its release date, and they push a franchise like Star Wars even further into the pop consciousness. And in the case of our next Attack of the Clones celebration post, nothing shows the shelf life of a movie more than the meme-worthy (albeit normally innocuous) moment when Padme Amadala (Natalie Portman) notices how much Anakin has grown since they last met:

Chances are that if you’ve ever watched a DVD special feature from the golden age of the format, producer Charles de Lauzirika has worked on one of your favorites. Ever mindful of the details, Lauzirika had his own thoughts on Attack of the Clones, and they invoked another famous prequel that seems to have told a similar story. Star Trek fans who happen to like Star Wars as well, this one’s for you:

Rounding out the 19th anniversary celebration of Attack of the Clones is something that ties into the special features offered for the film’s home video release. With tons of bloopers involving Hayden Christiensen face planting through various moments of the saga available, this Star Wars celebration can end on an upbeat, and kind of painful note. Here now, is Mr. Christensen, and his face planting saga:

So long as there are upcoming Star Wars projects to celebrate in this iconic franchise, fans will find a reason to talk about their favorites and get in some burns pertaining to their least-liked entries. And no matter which way public opinion ultimately leans, films like Attack of the Clones will always be celebrated. If you’re looking to cheer on this, or any particular Star Wars entry of your own preference, you can watch the entire saga on Disney+. Don’t let the lack of a subscription stop you from getting in on the fun though, as you can check out a special bundle offer that will grant you access to Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+, all for one low price.

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