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“A Long Time Ago” Preface Changes

This is a preservation of the Twitter thread. The 2019 4K Version reverts the preface cards to their 1997 state.

I started really looking at the preface cards & wanted to make some observations that don’t really fit in with the daily use of this account. Here are all of the currently released Episode prefaces:

You’ll see that the Original Trilogy cards were replaced in 2004 with the Episode 2 card, with Episode 1 & 3 being different sizes. What’s interesting is the new movies & the font they use. The “g” has less of an aggressive serif at the top, among other things.

So here is a comparison of how the preface has evolved. It appears that the prequels changed the font from what ANH had been changed to in 1997 to this new font, & starting with The Clone Wars, they started bringing it back closer to the Return of the Jedi version.

Also, while the Sequel Trilogy has returned to using the ANH/ESB font in the title line of the crawl, it seems they’ve attempted to recreate the Return of the Jedi preface font.


Published by doubleofive

Curator of Star Wars Visual Comparisons, webmaster for Star Wars Revisited, former co-host of Standard Orbit podcast, all around nerd.

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