|Star Wars: The Clone Wars|
Title card of the show
|Created by||George Lucas|
|Developed by||Dave Filoni|
|Directed by||Dave Filoni (supervising)|
|Narrated by||Tom Kane|
|Theme music composer||John Williams|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||121|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original release||October 3, 2008 -|
|Preceded by||Star Wars: Clone Wars|
|Followed by||Star Wars Rebels|
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an American 3D CGI animated television series created by George Lucas and produced by Lucasfilm Animation, Lucasfilm and CGCG Inc. The series began with a theatrical feature film released on August 15, 2008, and debuted on Cartoon Network on October 3, 2008. It is set in the fictional Star Wars galaxy during the three years between the prequel films Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the same time period as the previous 2D 2003 TV series Star Wars: Clone Wars. Each episode has a running time of 22 minutes to fill a half-hour time slot. Dave Filoni is the supervising director of the series.
In early 2013, Lucasfilm announced that The Clone Wars would be "winding down".Super RTL, a German TV network, began airing the episodes on February 15, 2014. The sixth-season episodes were made available in the U.S. for streaming on Netflix, along with the entirety of the series, beginning March 7, 2014. A project known as The Clone Wars Legacy adapted unproduced story arcs into other formats, such as comics and novels. The series was revived for a final season of 12 new episodes, to be released on Disney+ on February 2, 2020.
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|Film||August 15, 2008||Theatrical release|
|1||22||October 3, 2008||March 20, 2009||Cartoon Network|
|2||22||October 2, 2009||April 30, 2010|
|3||22||September 17, 2010||April 1, 2011|
|4||22||September 16, 2011||March 16, 2012|
|5||20||September 29, 2012||March 2, 2013|
|6||13||February 15, 2014||March 7, 2014||Netflix|
After viewing some of the completed footage of the early episodes on a big screen, the production team decided to weave the first few planned episodes together to form a theatrical release. This decision helped convince Time Warner to distribute the movie, and to encourage its subsidiary Cartoon Network to air the series.Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, and Samuel L. Jackson reprised their roles as Count Dooku, C-3PO, and Mace Windu, respectively, from the live-action films (although Lee and Jackson did not reprise their roles in the series). The series aired out of chronological order, with the story order being released retroactively on the official Star Wars website.
Season 1 shows a wide variety of battles and adventures with Grievous and Dooku as the lead antagonists. Many of the episodes are stand-alone, but a common thread throughout the season is that the Republic and the Separatists attempt to convince various planets and races to side with them. In Season 2, the Sith resort to hiring bounty hunters and mercenaries to steal objects and intel or to assassinate targets for them. Meanwhile, the Jedi lead the Republic forces in an assault on the primary battle droid manufacturing facility.
The first half of both Season 3 and Season 4 are diplomatic in nature; Season 3, in particular, has many stories that take place away from the battlefield. How different races and planets are affected by the galaxy-wide war are shown, as well as how the Republic Senate can make a bigger difference than even the Jedi Council at times. The first half of Season 3 is used mainly to make the Clone Wars series more cohesive as these first episodes created better chronology, setting themselves in and among the previous two seasons' episodes. The second half of both seasons, Anakin steps a little closer to the dark side. Meanwhile, the Sith experience turmoil among themselves.
Season 5 is unique in that it consists of 5 four-part story arcs, 3 of which center on Ahsoka's character development. Meanwhile, the Separatists gain more ground, and the story of an old villain who has returned is further explored. Season 6 explores topics that are crucial in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, namely the creation of the clones and the details behind Order 66. Chancellor Palpatine gains even more power, and Yoda delves deeper into the nature of the Force.
On December 5, 2011, a full-length feature cut of one of the Season 3 trilogies of episodes (the one composed by "Nightsisters," "Monster," and "Witches of the Mist") was released for download on iTunes as an uninterrupted movie that was previously shown at selected screenings in 2010. The three episodes were written by Katie Lucas, who had previously written the Season 1 episode "Jedi Crash" as well as the Season 3 episodes "Sphere of Influence" and "Assassin." A repeat of season one aired in "decoded" episode format. Each installment contained unobtrusive text windows giving supplemental information about the characters and events playing out on screen.
On July 19, 2018, Lucasfilm announced at San Diego Comic-Con that The Clone Wars would return with 12 new episodes in a Season 7 to be released on Disney+. A trailer for the season was released on April 14, 2019 at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. On August 23, 2019, Filoni announced at the D23 Expo that it will be the final season, and it is scheduled to be released on February 2, 2020.
At April 2005's Star Wars Celebration III, Lucas stated that "we are working on a 3-D continuation of the pilot series that was on the Cartoon Network; we probably won't start that project for another year." In July 2005, pre-production had begun on the series, according to Steve Sansweet, head of Lucasfilm fan relations. Sansweet referred to the series as "the next generation of the Star Wars saga, a cutting edge 30-minute, 3-D computer-animation series based on the Clone Wars that take place between Episode II ... and Episode III." Sansweet described the look of the new series as "a melding of Asian anime with unique 3-D animation styling." Primary production took place at the Lucasfilm Animation facility in Singapore.
According to another statement by Sansweet, "Lucasfilm Animation will be hiring a total of about 300 digital artists and others in both California and Singapore locations to produce not only the series, but animated feature films in the years ahead." He said about the series, "to get the series underway, Lucasfilm Animation has hired key production and creative talent to lead the development of its first animation project." Sansweet has said that "a large component of the future of Star Wars and Lucasfilm is CGI animation." Lucasfilm Animation used Autodesk software to animate both the film and the series. The Maya 3D-modeling program was used to create the highly detailed worlds, characters and creatures.
Character designer Kilian Plunkett referred to the character designs from Genndy Tartakovsky's original 2003 Clone Wars series, and animators reviewed designs from the 2D series when creating the animation style. Tartakovsky was not involved with the production, and criticized Lucas's decision to revisit the era.
In 2007, Rob Coleman divulged that one episode was complete, with 15 more in production, and that he was going to direct 5 of the first 22 episodes. He revealed that the reaction from licensees was very positive, and that the final assembly of shows is done at Skywalker Ranch. Speaking at PaleyFest on March 3, 2007, Lucas revealed that the series would be episodic, and as such would not focus on Anakin Skywalker's story; with episodes dedicated to clone troopers and other characters. Lucas revealed further information in a fan interview, a new character named Ahsoka Tano, over 100 episodes and a possible appearance by Boba Fett. The first trailer for the series was released on the official Star Wars website on May 8, 2007. In an interview in the September 24, 2007 issue of TV Guide, Lucas confirmed that 39 episodes of the series have been completed.
On April 8, 2007, Ain't It Cool News reported that musician Eric Rigler had recorded music for the series. Rigler disclosed that each planet in the Star Wars galaxy would have its own theme music. The episode Mr. Rigler performed on was based on Bulgarian music and played on Uilleann pipes. Kevin Kiner composed the original score for each episode.
Stuart Snyder, who oversaw Cartoon Network and other Turner Broadcasting System cable networks from 2007 to 2014, said he became interested in the new Clone Wars series immediately upon starting the job in May 2007. Snyder flew out to San Francisco, California to screen several episodes, and told Lucas the only place he wanted to see the show was on Cartoon Network. Snyder wished to create an action/adventure block of shows on Friday night in an attempt to rejuvenate Cartoon Network. Snyder expressed confidence that the shows would help boost ratings: "You catch me at a time where I have a smile on my face because of our internal results. I can say there's a little bit of bragging on the third quarter for us."
The "Young Padawans" arc from Season 5 was intended to be aired separately from The Clone Wars as a feature-length pilot for a spin-off series that never materialized. Seasons 6, 7, and 8, were in some form of production at the time of the show's cancellation in March 2013, shortly after Lucasfilm was purchased by Disney.
An online comic released alongside the series depicts story snippets between episodes.
The Clone Wars premiered on October 3, 2008 at 9 p.m. on Cartoon Network. The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network is shown in a 16:9 (1.77:1) aspect ratio, cropped from its original aspect ratio (OAR) of 2.35:1 (as seen in the UK Sky Premiere screenings). The show began airing on Adult Swim on March 14, 2009, making the series the first Cartoon Network series to simultaneously air on both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. The series also aired from January 15 to March 26, 2009 on TNT. This show was the first animation aired on that channel in over a decade.
On March 11, 2013, it was announced that The Clone Wars would be "winding down" to focus on the Star Wars sequel trilogy and a new series, Star Wars Rebels. On February 13, 2014, Netflix announced that starting on March 7, 2014 they would begin the US distribution of the entire TV series, including some previously unreleased director's cuts, and the previously unaired new season dubbed "The Lost Missions". The latter also became available for purchase on digital video stores, such as iTunes, in . The Netflix distribution of the series, along with the Blu-rays, included versions of some episodes with previously censored material deemed to inappropriate for the demographic of Cartoon Network. One of the most well-known edits was the removal of the character Ventress kissing a clone after she had stabbed him with her lightsaber.
The show was taken off Netflix on April 7, 2019. For the upcoming revival and final season, the remaining episodes of the series will be exclusively available on Disney+. They will be released on February 2, 2020.
|DVD/Blu-ray name||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|A Galaxy Divided (DVD only)||March 24, 2009||March 24, 2009||July 1, 2009|
|Clone Commandos (DVD only)||September 15, 2009||September 15, 2009||September 23, 2009|
|Season 1 (DVD & Blu-ray)||November 3, 2009||November 16, 2009||November 18, 2009|
|Season 2 (DVD & Blu-ray)||October 26, 2010||November 15, 2010||November 10, 2010|
|Season 3 (DVD & Blu-ray)||October 18, 2011||October 17, 2011||October 19, 2011|
|Darth Maul Returns (DVD only)||September 11, 2012|
|Season 4 (DVD & Blu-ray)||October 23, 2012||October 22, 2012||October 31, 2012|
|Season 5 (DVD & Blu-ray)||October 15, 2013||October 14, 2013||October 30, 2013|
|Seasons 1-5 Boxset (DVD & Blu-ray)||October 15, 2013||October 14, 2013||November 13, 2013|
|Season 6 (DVD & Blu-ray)||November 11, 2014||November 20, 2014||April 29, 2015|
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment distributed the videodisc releases of the first five seasons, while Walt Disney Home Entertainment handled the videodisc release of the sixth season as Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions.
Apart from the season-by-season videodisc sets, there were also three special DVD releases consisting of four episodes from a particular season that reflected a certain story arc or theme:
According to the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 79% of critics have given the first season a positive review based on 19 reviews, with an average rating of 6.04/10. The site's critics consensus reads, "With an agreeably entertaining first season, Star Wars: The Clone Wars opens a fun, kid-friendly chapter of the franchise's sprawling mythology." 100% of critics have given the third and fifth seasons a positive review based on 5 reviews each, with an average rating of 8/10 and 7.85/10 respectively. 100% of critics have given the sixth season a positive review based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 8.92/10. The site's critics consensus reads, "Sophisticated storytelling and quality animation make the sixth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars a fitting end to the series." At Metacritic, the first season has a weighted average score of 64 out of 100 based on 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". On July 11, 2008, television critics were shown a completed episode of the series. The Hollywood Reporters Live Feed blog called the footage "likely the most photo-realistic animated TV series ever produced." On August 31, 2008, a sneak peek of the new series was shown on Cartoon Network. IGN named it the 89th best animated series. They specifically praised the episodes "Rookies", "Cloak of Darkness", and "Lair of Grievous" saying that their storylines stood out as some of the best in the Star Wars expanded universe.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars became the most-watched series premiere in Cartoon Network history. The series averaged 3 million total viewers in its debut, according to Nielsen Media Research. Cartoon Network said the Star Wars spin-off ranked as the number one channel among all major animated networks in the time slot among total viewers (the largest in the demographic for any premiere telecast of an original Cartoon series). On July 23, 2010, at the San Diego Comic-Con, Craig Glenday, editor of the Guinness World Records, presented Star Wars: The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni, CG supervisor Joel Aron, and lead designer Kilian Plunkett a certificate proclaiming the cartoon series "the highest rated sci-fi animation currently on television".Tech Times said that, "while the Star Wars prequel films fail to make audiences care about characters like Anakin Skywalker, The Clone Wars succeeds."
|36th Annie Awards||Music in an Animated Television Production or Short Form||Kevin Kiner ("Rising Malevolence")||Nominated|
|37th Annie Awards||Music in a Television Production||Kevin Kiner ("Weapons Factory")|
|38th Annie Awards||Best Animated Television Production||"ARC Troopers"|
|Voice Acting in a Television Production||Corey Burton as Baron Papanoida|
|Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress|
|Writing in a Television Production||Daniel Arkin ("Heros on Both Sides")|
|2010 Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Animated Show||Star Wars: The Clone Wars|
|2011 BTVA Awards||Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role||Corey Burton as Count Dooku|
|Tom Kane as Yoda|
|Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role||Barbara Goodson as Mother Talzin||Won|
|Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress||Nominated|
|Best Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role||Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn|
|Best Vocal Cast in a Television Series||Star Wars: The Clone Wars|
|39th Annie Awards||Best General Audience Animated TV Production|
|Animated Effects in an Animated Production||Joel Aron|
|Voice Acting in a Television Production||Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress|
|Dee Bradley Baker as Clone Troopers|
|Editing in Television Production||Jason W.A. Tucker|
|2nd Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Animated Series||Star Wars: The Clone Wars|
|3rd Critics' Choice Television Awards|
|PAAFTJ Television Awards 2012|
|Best Directing for an Animated Series||Brian Kalin O'Connell ("Slaves of the Republic")|
|40th Annie Awards||Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in an Animated Production||Joel Aron|
|Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production||Keith Kellogg|
|Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production||Samuel Witwer as Darth Maul|
|Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production||Jason Tucker|
|40th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Special Class Animated Program||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Won|
|Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program||Jim Cummings as Hondo Onhaka||Nominated|
|David Tennant as Huyang||Won|
|Samuel Witwer as Darth Maul||Nominated|
|Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program||Dave Filoni, Kyle Dunlevy, Brian Kalin O'Connell, Steward Lee, Bosco Ng|
|Outstanding Music Direction and Composition||Kevin Kiner|
|Outstanding Sound Mixing - Animation||David Acord & Cameron Davis|
|2012 BTVA Awards||Best New Vocal Interpretation of an Established Character||Sam Witwer as Darth Maul||Won|
|Best Performance in a Narrating Role||Tom Kane as Narrator||Nominated|
|Best Vocal Creation of a New Character (First Time being Animated)||David Tennant as Huyang|
|Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Action/Drama||James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi||Won|
|Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Action/Drama||Corey Burton as Cad Bane|
|Clancy Brown as Savage Oppress||Nominated|
|Sam Witwer as Darth Maul|
|Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Action/Drama||Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano|
|Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Action/Drama||Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress||Won|
|Best Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role||David Tennant as Huyang||Nominated|
|Best Vocal Cast in a Television Series - Action/Drama||Star Wars: The Clone Wars|
|Neox Fan Awards 2013||Best Neox Kidz Series|
|41st Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Special Class Animated Program||Won|
|Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation||Christopher Voy for Color|
|Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing - Animation||Cameron Davis, David Acord, Frank Rinella, and Mark Evans||Nominated|
|Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Animation||Matthew Wood, Dean Menta, Jeremy Bowker, Erik Foreman, Pascal Garneau, Steve Slanec, Frank Rinella, Dennie Thorpe, Jana Vance, and David Acord|
|2013 BTVA Awards||Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Action/Drama||James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi|
|Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Action/Drama||Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano|
|Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Action/Drama||Sam Witwer as Darth Maul|
|Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Action/Drama||Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan|
|Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress|
|Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role||Ian Abercrombie as Darth Sidious||Won|
|Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role||Kari Wahlgren as Letta Turmond||Nominated|
|41st Annie Awards||Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production||Keith Kellogg|
|Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Jason W.A. Tucker|
|42nd Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Special Class Animated Program||Star Wars: The Clone Wars|
|Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program||Mark Hamill as Darth Bane|
|Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program||Christian Taylor|
|Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program||Dave Filoni, Brian Kalin O'Connell, Danny Keller, Steward Lee|
|Outstanding Sound Mixing - Animation||Cameron Davis, David Acord, Frank Rinella, Mark Evans|
|Outstanding Sound Editing - Animation||Matthew Wood, David Acord, Dean Menta, Jeremy Bowker, Steve Slanec, Andrea Gard, Kevin Sellers, Dennie Thorpe, Jana Vance|
|Outstanding Music Direction and Composition||Kevin Kiner|
|2014 BTVA Awards||Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Action/Drama||Dee Bradley Baker as Fives|
|Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Action/Drama||Tom Kane as Yoda|
|Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role - Action/Drama||Bob Bergen as Lama Su|
|Mark Hamill as Darth Bane|
|Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role - Action/Drama||Jaime King as Force Priestesses|
|Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Action/Drama||Star Wars: The Clone Wars|
At the time of cancellation in March 2013, 65 more episodes were in development. Thirteen of these episodes were finished to become part of Season 6: The Lost Missions, but there were still additional arcs that were never released. In September 2014, StarWars.com released details of three story arcs from the unfinished episodes.
A four-episode arc continued the story of Darth Maul following the events from the season 5 episode "The Lawless". The story gave reason as to why Darth Maul was resurrected in the season 4 episode "Brothers". The four episodes were titled: "The Enemy of My Enemy", "A Tale of Two Apprentices", "Proxy War", and "Showdown on Dathomir". The arc was adapted into a four-part limited comic book series, Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, which debuted in May 2014. The comic was the last Star Wars comic published by Dark Horse Comics before Lucasfilm transferred the license to Marvel Comics in 2014. The comic was collected into a trade paperback by Marvel in 2018.
The comic utilized completed scripts and designs from the cancelled episodes of The Clone Wars.The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni wrote on Facebook that the four completed source scripts "came out of one of our story conferences with George Lucas."
The plot follows Darth Maul, who has been captured by Darth Sidious. He is tortured by Count Dooku for information about the Shadow Collective and the allies Maul has made. Maul escapes and heads to Zanbar to command the Death Watch army, but is followed by General Grievous and his droids. They battle Maul and the Mandalorians, who are soon overwhelmed by the droids. Maul flees and confers with Mother Talzin, who is revealed to be his biological mother, and plots to draw out Sidious by capturing Dooku and Grievous. The scheme works, and Talzin is able to restore herself to her physical form, but sacrifices herself to save Maul and is killed by Grievous. Although Maul escapes with a company of loyal Mandalorians, the Shadow Collective has fallen apart due to the conflict with Sidious, as the Hutts, Pykes, and Black Sun have all abandoned Maul.
An 8-episode arc with Asajj Ventress and Jedi Quinlan Vos was adapted into Dark Disciple, a novel by Christie Golden released on July 7, 2015.[a] The story follow Jedi Quinlan Vos partnering up with Nightsister Asajj Ventress, hoping to execute Count Dooku. Eric Goldman of IGN gave the book an 8 out of 10, saying it was great.
Two arcs consisting each of 4 episodes were released on the official Star Wars website for free in the form of complete animatics, albeit with unfinished animation as those episodes only went through the earliest stages of production. Both were fully voiced by the cast.
In September 2014, four unfinished episodes were released on the official Star Wars website.[b] The arc took place on Utapau with Obi-Wan and Anakin investigating an arms deal involving the Separatists and a Kyber crystal. The arc also dealt with Anakin's feelings after the departure of Ahsoka. It was also included in the season 6 Blu-ray.
The unfinished animatics for Bad Batch, a four-episode arc, were screened at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, California on April 17, 2015. Scripted by Brent Friedman, it is a four-part story arc focusing on a ragtag unit of clone commandos of the same name. The arc was subsequently released on StarWars.com for free shortly after on April 29, 2015.[c] The trailer released for the seventh season of The Clone Wars features a member of the Bad Batch.
Seven video games have been released, which are based on the style and character designs of the series.
Characters and/or locations from the show have also appeared in the following Star Wars games listed below:
I think it's the easiest thing to do, because he doesn't need to come up with a whole new thing. There's so much more he could explore.