Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV series)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an American 3D CGI animated television series created by George Lucas and produced by Lucasfilm Animation with the division Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Lucasfilm and CGCG Inc. The series debuted on the US version of Cartoon Network on October 3, 2008. It is set in the fictional Star Wars galaxy during the same time period (the three years between the prequel films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith) 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. In 2007, Star Wars creator George Lucas stated "there will be at least 100 episodes produced [about five seasons]". Dave Filoni is the supervising director of the series. Genndy Tartakovsky, director of the first Clone Wars series, was not involved with the production, but character designer Kilian Plunkett referred to the character designs from the 2D series when designing the characters for the 3D series. There is also an online comic, depicting story-snippets between the single episodes.
The first trailer for the series was released on the official Star Wars website on May 8, 2007. The series was launched with an animated feature film, which was released in theaters on August 15, 2008. Season 2 ended on April 30, 2010. Season 3 premiered on September 17, 2010, with the complete second season releasing on Blu-ray Disc and DVD October 26, 2010. Season 4 premiered on September 16, 2011 with the Complete Season 3 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD released October 18, 2011. The fourth season was released for Blu-ray Disc and DVD release on October 23, 2012. Season 5 premiered on September 29, 2012 with a new time slot of 9:30 A.M. PT/ET. Season 5 and the entire series in the "Collector's Edition" Box set were both released in October 15, 2013.
On March 11, 2013, Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: The Clone Wars would be "winding down". While new "story arcs" are still in development, the series has been effectively canceled. Lucasfilm has referred to the remaining produced episodes as "bonus content", stating that further information would be forthcoming on how these episodes will be made available to the public. On October 12, 2013, Dave Filoni revealed via his Facebook page that the final episodes would become available in early 2014, though it was not confirmed how the episodes would be broadcast or released. In January 2014, a German TV network, Super RTL, issued a press release stating that the previously unaired final episodes will be broadcast as a "sixth season" by the network starting on February 15, 2014. The press release also states that each following week a block of several new episodes, covering a complete story arc, will be broadcast. The first story arc was broadcast on February 15, 2014. The sixth season episodes were made available for streaming on Netflix, along with the entirety of the series, beginning March 7, 2014.
- 1 Cast and characters
- 2 Production
- 3 Broadcast
- 4 Reception
- 5 Episodes
- 6 Home media releases
- 7 Video games
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Cast and characters
The Clone Wars featured Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and/or Obi-Wan Kenobi at the heart of the vast majority of its storylines. Many stories also included or sometimes focused on Padmé Amidala, Captain Rex, R2-D2, or Mace Windu. Characters such as Yoda, Jar-Jar Binks, C-3PO, Commander Cody, and Fives would star in the occasional episode but would otherwise have smaller roles throughout the series.
The major villains were Darth Sidious, Count Dooku, General Grievous, Asajj Ventress, and Darth Maul, an old foe that Kenobi long believed to be dead. Other reoccurring villains included bounty hunters, Mandalorian mercenaries, Weequay pirates, and witches.
- Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Additional voices
- Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, Additional voices
- James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Plo Koon, Additional voices
- Dee Bradley Baker as Clone Troopers, Saesee Tiin, Onaconda Farr, Bossk, Arok the Hutt, Additional voices
- Tom Kane as Narrator, Yoda, Admiral Wulf Yularen, Additional voices
- Corey Burton as Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus, Cad Bane, Ziro the Hutt, Baron Papanoida, Additional voices
- Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress, Chi Eekway Papanoida, Gardulla the Hutt, Sy Snootles, TC-70
- Terrence C. Carson as Mace Windu
- Catherine Taber as Padmé Amidala, Additional voices
- Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
- Ian Abercrombie and Tim Curry (Season 5–6) as Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious
- Matthew Wood as General Grievous, Battle Droids, Poggle the Lesser, Wat Tambor
- Stephen Stanton as Mas Amedda, Wilhuff Tarkin, Colonel Meebur Gascon, Moralo Eval, Additional voices
- Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks
- Angelique Perrin as Adi Gallia, Mama the Hutt
- Anna Graves as Satine Kryze, Sugi, Meena Tills
- Brian George as King Katuunko, Chi Cho, Ki-Adi-Mundi
- Chris Edgerly as Eeth Koth
- Clancy Brown as Savage Opress
- Dave Filoni as Embo, Jakoli
- Gideon Emery as Lott Dodd, Mee Deechi
- James C. Mathis III as Gregar Typho
- Jason Spisak as Lux Bonteri, Zinn Paulness
- Jennifer Hale as Aayla Secura, Riyo Chuchi
- Jim Cummings as Hondo Ohnaka
- Kath Soucie as Mon Mothma, Jek Lawquane, Mina Bonteri
- Meredith Salenger as Barriss Offee, Che Amanwe Papanoida, Ione Marcy, Pluma Sodi
- Olivia d'Abo as Luminara Unduli
- Phil LaMarr as Bail Organa, Kit Fisto, Orn Free Ta
- Tasia Valenza as Shaak Ti
- Tom Kenny as Nute Gunray, Nahdar Vebb, Silood, Greedo, Lt. Tan Divo
- Adam McArthur as Prince Lee-Char
- Al Rodrigo as Quinlan Vos
- Alec Medlock as Wag Too
- Ami Shukla as Queen Julia
- Andrew Kishino as Saw Gerrera
- Artt Butler as Captain Ackbar
- Barbara Goodson as Mother Talzin
- Barry Dennen as King Ramsis Dendup
- Benjamin Diskin as Krismo Sodi, Otua Blank, Morley, WAC-47
- Blair Bless as Even Piell
- Bob Bergen as Lama Su
- Cam Clarke as O-Mer
- David Kaufman as Jaybo Hood
- David Kaye as General Tandin
- Dawn-Lyen Gardner as Steela Gerrera
- Fred Tatasciore as Captain Roos Tarpals
- Flo DiRe as Jocasta Nu
- Georgina Cordova as Ganodi
- Greg Baldwin as Tera Sinube, Casiss, Doge Urus, Gwarm, Seripas
- Gregg Berger as Kalani
- Greg Cipes as Zatt
- Greg Ellis as Turk Falso
- Jameelah McMillan as Halle Burtoni
- Jeff Fischer as Petro
- Julian Holloway as Prime Minister Almec and Admiral Killian
- Kari Wahlgren as Letta Turmond
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Jabba the Hutt, Gorga the Hutt, Marlo the Hutt, CS-321, Hay-Zu, Xomit Grunseit
- Kirk Thornton as King Sanjay Rash
- Lloyd Sherr as The Father
- Olivia Hack as Katooni
- Rajia Baroudi as Queen Miraj Scintel
- Ricardo Mamood Vega as Atai Molec
- Robin Atkin Downes as Castas, Cham Syndulla, Cin Drallig, Ima-Gun Di, Rush Clovis
- Victor Brandt as Keeper Agruss
- Zach Hanks as Garnac
Special Guest voices
- Pernilla August as Shmi Skywalker
- George Coe as Tee Watt Kaa
- Jon Favreau as Pre Vizsla
- Dave Fennoy as General Pong Krell
- Clare Grant as Latts Razzi
- Seth Green as Ion Papanoida, Todo 360
- Mark Hamill as Darth Bane
- Nick Jameson as Darts D'Nar
- Jaime King as Aurra Sing, Cassie Cryar, Priestesses
- Daniel Logan as Boba Fett and Young Clone Troopers
- James Marsters as Faro Argyus
- Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca
- Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn
- Simon Pegg as Dengar
- Ron Perlman as Gha Nachkt
- Cara Pifko as Sionver Boll, Suu Lawquane, Naa'leth, Orphne
- Greg Proops as Tal Merrick
- Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan
- George Takei as Lok Durd
- David Tennant as Huyang
- Adrienne Wilkinson as The Daughter
- Gary Anthony Williams as Riff Tamson
- Samuel Witwer as The Son, Darth Maul
- Gwendoline Yeo as Cato Parasitti, Nala Se, Peppi Bow, Kalifa
- Michael York as Dr. Nuvo Vindi
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 will take 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 Ltd. and 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. Animators also reviewed designs from the original 2003 Clone Wars series when creating the animation style for the film and the new series.
Anthony Daniels, who portrayed C-3PO in all six films as well as the Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars radio adaptations, Star Wars: Droids and Star Wars: Clone Wars, confirmed in June 2006 that he had been contracted for the series.
In a video interview with Rob Coleman from Imagina 2007 divulged that there were 15 episodes in production, one episode was complete, he was going to direct 5 of the first 22 episodes, reaction from licensees was very positive, and that final assembly of shows is done at Skywalker Ranch.
At Lucas' March 3, 2007 appearance at the 2007 William S. Paley Television Festival, Lucas revealed the series is episodic, and as such will 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. 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 composes the original score for each episode.
Stuart Snyder, who oversees Cartoon Network and other Turner Broadcasting System cable networks, 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 Clone Wars premiered on October 3, 2008 at 9 p.m. on the 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 as of March 14, 2009, making the series the first Cartoon Network series to simultaneously air on both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.
An August 29, 2012 news release by the producers announced that the Season 5 premier will be broadcast September 29, 2012 with episodes continuing weekly on Saturday mornings at 9:30 am. Also announced was that Seasons 1 & 2 would be entering syndication in September 2012. It will be broadcast for the first time outside of the Turner Broadcasting System cable networks and for the first time over-the-air in the USA. A state-by-state list of local television stations and broadcast times was also released. Trifecta Entertainment and Media announced that they will be handling U.S distribution.
When The Walt Disney Company bought LucasFilm, they announced that Star Wars: The Clone Wars would be cancelled to focus on the Star Wars sequel trilogy. It is said that Season 6 of the series has been finished and was currently in the process of Season 7.
On February 13, 2014, Netflix announced that starting on March 7, 2014 they will begin distribution of all five seasons of the TV series, including some previously unreleased director's cut episode versions. They will also release the previously unreleased "sixth season" episodes.
On July 11, 2008, television critics were shown a completed episode of the series. The Hollywood Reporter's 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".
Awards and nominations
- Music in an Animated Television Production or Short Form: Kevin Kiner for "Rising Malevolence" (nominated)
- Music in a Television Production: Kevin Kiner for "Weapons Factory" (nominated)
- Best Animated Television Production for "ARC Troopers" (nominated)
- Voice Acting in a Television Production: Corey Burton as Baron Papanoida (nominated)
- Voice Acting in a Television Production: Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress (nominated)
- Writing in a Television Production: Daniel Arkin for "Heros On Both Sides" (nominated)
- Choice TV Animated Show (nominated)
2011 BTVA Awards
- Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role: Corey Burton as Count Dooku (nominated)
- Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role: Tom Kane as Yoda (nominated)
- Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role: Barbara Goodson as Mother Talzin (won)
- Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role: Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress (nominated)
- Best Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role: Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn (nominated)
- Best Vocal Cast in a Television Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (nominated)
- Best General Audience Animated TV Production (nominated)
- Animated Effects in an Animated Production: Joel Aron (nominated)
- Voice Acting in a Television Production: Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress (nominated)
- Voice Acting in a Television Production: Dee Bradley Baker as Clone Troopers (nominated)
- Editing in Television Production: Jason W.A. Tucker (nominated)
- Best Animated Series (nominated)
- Best Animated Series (nominated)
PAAFTJ Television Awards 2012
- Best Animated Series (nominated)
- Best Directing for an Animated Series for Brian Kalin O’Connel in “Slaves of the Republic” (nominated)
- Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in an Animated Production: Joel Aron (nominated)
- Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production: Keith Kellogg (nominated)
- Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production: Samuel Witwer as Darth Maul (nominated)
- Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production: Jason Tucker (nominated)
- Outstanding Special Class Animated Program (won)
- Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program: Jim Cummings as Hondo Onhaka (nominated)
- Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program: David Tennant as Huyang (won)
- Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program: Samuel Witwer as Darth Maul (nominated)
- Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program: Dave Filoni, Kyle Dunlevy, Brian Kalin O'Connell, Steward Lee, Bosco Ng (nominated)
- Outstanding Music Direction and Composition: Kevin Kiner (nominated)
- Outstanding Sound Mixing - Animation: David Acord & Cameron Davis (nominated)
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 (nominated)
- Best Vocal Creation of a New Character (First Time being Animated): David Tennant as Huyang (nominated)
- 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 (won)
- Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Action/Drama: Clancy Brown as Savage Oppress (nominated)
- Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Action/Drama: Sam Witwer as Darth Maul (nominated)
- Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Action/Drama: Ashley Eckstein as Ashoka Tano (nominated)
- 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 (nominated)
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. 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.
On December 5, 2011, a full-length feature cut of the Season 3 trilogy episodes ("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" and the Season 3 episodes "Sphere of Influence" and "Assassin".
Seasons one through four consists of 22 episodes and season five contains 20 episodes. George Lucas has said he would like to make at least 100 episodes, regardless of the ratings, a quest he has fulfilled. 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.
|Season||Title||Episodes||First air date||Last air date|
|Season 1||The Clone Wars||22||October 3, 2008||March 22, 2009|
|Season 2||Rise of the Bounty Hunters||22||October 2, 2009||April 30, 2010|
|Season 3||Secrets Revealed||22||September 17, 2010||April 1, 2011|
|Season 4||Battle Lines||22||September 16, 2011||March 16, 2012|
|Season 5||N/A||20||September 29, 2012||March 2, 2013|
|Season 6||The Lost Missions||13||February 15, 2014||March 7, 2014|
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. We see how different races and planets are affected by the galaxy-wide war and how the Republic Senate can make a bigger difference than even the Jedi Council at times. Some stories even show stories from the clone troopers' perspectives. The second half of both seasons, Anakin steps a little closer to the dark side. Meanwhile, the Sith experience turmoil amongst 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 concludes.
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 dives deeper into the nature of the force.
Home media releases
|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||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||Fall 2013||Fall 2013|
|Season 1-5 Boxset (DVD & Blu-ray)||October 15, 2013||Fall 2013||Fall 2013|
|Season 6 (DVD & Blu-ray)||TBA 2014||TBA 2014||TBA 2014|
A Galaxy Divided was an early DVD release of the series which included the first four episodes ("Ambush, "Rising Malevolence", "Shadow of Malevolence", "Destroy Malevolence"), and Clone Commandos is another, which includes episode five "Rookies" as well as episodes 19 through 21 ("Storm over Ryloth", "Innocents of Ryloth" and "Liberty on Ryloth").
Five video games have been released, which are based on the style and character designs of the series.
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- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Jedi Alliance released on November 11, 2008 for Nintendo DS.
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- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes released on October 9, 2009 for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation 2.
- Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars released in March 2011 by TT Games for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS, PC, Mac, and Nintendo 3DS, and further stylizes the characters as part of the Lego Star Wars theme.
- Clone Wars Adventures launched on September 15, 2010 online.
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