Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV Series Overview


Introduction

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an American computer-animated television series created by George Lucas and produced by Lucasfilm Animation, Lucasfilm and CGCG Inc.

The series began with a theatrical feature film that was released on 15 August 2008, and debuted on Cartoon Network two months later on 03 October 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 had a running time of approximately 22 minutes to fill a half-hour time slot. Dave Filoni was the supervising director of the series.

Outline

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, Samuel L. Jackson, and Matthew Wood reprised their roles as Count Dooku, C-3PO, Mace Windu, and the B1 Battle Droids, 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 01 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 02, 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 03 and Season 04 are diplomatic in nature; Season 03, 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 03 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 05 is unique in that it consists of 5 four-part story arcs, 3 of which centre 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 06 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.
  • Season 07, see below.

On 05 December 2011, a full-length feature cut of one of the Season 03 trilogies of episodes (the one composed by “Nightsisters,” “Monster,” and “Witches of the Mist” (episodes 12-14) 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 01 episode 13 “Jedi Crash” as well as the Season 03 episodes “Sphere of Influence” and “Assassin” (episodes 04 and 07). A repeat of season one aired in “decoded” episode format. Each instalment contained unobtrusive text windows giving supplemental information about the characters and events playing out on screen.

On 19 July 2018, Lucasfilm announced at San Diego Comic-Con that Star Wars: The Clone Wars would return with 12 new episodes in a seventh Season to be released on Disney+. A trailer for the season was released on 14 April 2019 at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. On 23 August 2019, Filoni announced at the D23 Expo that it will be the final season. It was released on 21 February 2020. The latter part of the final season takes place concurrently with the events of Revenge of the Sith, and depicts the Siege of Mandalore, a battle that had been referenced in previous Star Wars media. It consists of three story arcs, two of which focus on Ahsoka after her leaving of the Jedi Order. The last arc also focuses on Ahsoka as she battles Darth Maul, who attempts to prevent Darth Sidious’ sinister plans to take over the galaxy, and depicts the infamous Order 66, which marked the fall of the Jedi Order and the rise of the Galactic Empire, from Ahsoka and Maul’s perspective.

Cast

  • Main:
    • Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Additional voices.
    • James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Plo Koon, Additional voices.
    • Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, Additional voices.
    • Dee Bradley Baker as Clone Troopers, Saesee Tiin, Onaconda Farr, Bossk, Arok the Hutt, Admiral Trench, Additional voices.
    • Tom Kane as Narrator, Yoda, Admiral Wullf Yularen, Additional voices.
    • Matthew Wood as General Grievous, Battle Droids, Poggle the Lesser, Wat Tambor, Additional voices.
  • Recurring:
    • Ian Abercrombie (Seasons 1–4) / Tim Curry (Seasons 5–6) / Ian McDiarmid (Season 7) as Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious.
    • B.J. Hughes (Season 1) / Ahmed Best (Seasons 1–6) as Jar Jar Binks.
    • Clancy Brown as Savage Opress.
    • Corey Burton as Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus, Cad Bane, Ziro the Hutt, Chairman Papanoida, Additional voices.
    • Terrence C. Carson as Mace Windu.
    • Jim Cummings as Hondo Ohnaka.
    • Olivia d’Abo as Luminara Unduli.
    • Anthony Daniels as C-3PO.
    • Robin Atkin Downes as Castas, Cham Syndulla, Cin Drallig, Ima-Gun Di, Rush Clovis.
    • Jon Favreau as Pre Vizsla.
    • Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress, Chi Eekway Papanoida, Gardulla the Hutt, Sy Snootles, TC-70.
    • Brian George as King Katuunko, Chi Cho, Ki-Adi-Mundi.
    • Barbara Goodson as Mother Talzin.
    • Anna Graves as Duchess Satine, Sugi, Meena Tills, Tiplar, Tiplee, Additional voices.
    • Jennifer Hale as Aayla Secura, Riyo Chuchi.
    • Julian Holloway as Almec, Admiral Killian.
    • Tom Kenny as Nute Gunray.
    • Jaime King as Aurra Sing, Cassie Cryar, Additional Voices.
    • Phil LaMarr as Bail Organa, Kit Fisto, Orn Free Taa.
    • Daniel Logan as Boba Fett, Clone Cadets.
    • James C. Mathis III as Gregar Typho.
    • Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn.
    • Angelique Perrin as Adi Gallia, Mama the Hutt.
    • Kevin Michael Richardson as Jabba the Hutt.
    • Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze.
    • Meredith Salenger as Barriss Offee, Che Amanwe Papanoida, Ione Marcy, Pluma Sodi.
    • Kath Soucie as Mon Mothma, Jek Lawquane, Mina Bonteri.
    • Jason Spisak as Lux Bonteri, Zinn Paulness.
    • Stephen Stanton as Mas Amedda, Tarkin, Colonel Meebur Gascon, Moralo Eval, Additional voices.
    • Catherine Taber as Padmé Amidala, Additional voices.
    • Tasia Valenza as Shaak Ti.
    • Sam Witwer as Darth Maul, The Son.
  • Notable Guests:
    • Pernilla August as Shmi Skywalker.
    • Seth Green as Todo 360.
    • Mark Hamill as Darth Bane.
    • Andrew Kishino as Saw Gerrera.
    • James Marsters as Faro Argyus.
    • Simon Pegg as Dengar.
    • George Takei as Lok Durd.
    • David Tennant as Huyang.

Trivia

  • The Clone Wars was a massive ratings success, becoming one of Cartoon Network’s highest rated shows during its initial run.
  • Throughout its run, the series received mostly positive reception from critics, receiving praise for its writing, action, characters, visuals, voice acting, music, scale and tone.
  • The series has also garnered a massive fan following and was also nominated for many industry awards, including the Daytime Emmy Awards and the Annie Awards.
  • In early 2013, Lucasfilm announced that The Clone Wars would be “winding down”.
  • Thirteen episodes composing a new sixth season were made available in the US for streaming on Netflix, along with the entirety of the series, beginning 07 March 2014.
  • A project known as The Clone Wars Legacy adapted unproduced story arcs into other formats, such as comics and novels.
  • 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.
  • The series was revived for a seventh and final season of 12 new episodes, which premiered on Disney+ on 21 February 2020.
  • A sequel series centering on The Bad Batch was announced on 13 July 2020. The series is set in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Developed By: Dave Filoni and Henry Gilroy.
  • Narrator(s): Tom Kane.
  • Director(s): Dave Filoni (supervising director).
  • Producer(s): George Lucas, Catherine Winder, Dave Filoni, Cary Silver, and Caroline Kermel.
  • Writer(s): Dave Filoni, Steven Melching, Katie Lucas, Christian Taylor, Drew Z. Greenberg, Henry Gilroy, Cameron Litvack, Matt Michnovetz, and Paul Dini.
  • Music: Kevin Kiner.
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
  • Production: Lucasfilm, Lucasfilm Animation, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, and Polygon Pictures.
  • Distributor(s): Warner Bros. Television Distribution (Seasons 1–5), Trifecta Entertainment & Media (Season 5), Netflix (Season 6), and Disney Media Distribution (Season 7).
  • Release Date: 03 October 2008 to 04 May 2020.
  • Running Time: 22 minutes (per episode, approximate).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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