Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV series)

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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Genre Science fiction
Action/Adventure
Drama
Format CGI Animated series
Created by George Lucas
Directed by Dave Filoni (supervising)
Voices of Matt Lanter
Ashley Eckstein
James Arnold Taylor
Tom Kane
Corey Burton
T.C. Carson
Nika Futterman
Dee Bradley Baker
Catherine Taber
Anthony Daniels
Ian Abercrombie
Matthew Wood
Stephen Stanton
Tom Kenny
Samuel Witwer
Tim Curry
Narrated by Tom Kane
Composer(s) Kevin Kiner
John Williams (themes)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 121 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) George Lucas
Catherine Winder
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) CGCG Inc.
Lucasfilm
Lucasfilm Animation Singapore
Lucasfilm Animation
Distributor Trifecta Entertainment and Media
Disney-ABC Domestic Television[1]
Netflix[1]
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network (2008-2013)
Netflix (2014)
Original run October 3, 2008 (2008-10-03) – March 7, 2014 (2014-03-07)
Chronology
Preceded by Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Followed by Star Wars Rebels
External links
Website

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a multiple Emmy Award-winning 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.[2] The series debuted on the US version of Cartoon Network on October 3, 2008.[3] 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]".[4] Dave Filoni is the supervising director of the series.[5] Genndy Tartakovsky, director of the first Clone Wars series, was not involved with the production,[6] but character designer Kilian Plunkett referred to the character designs from the 2D series when designing the characters for the 3D series.[7] There is also an online comic,[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11][12] 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.[13] 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.[14][15][16] The sixth season episodes were made available for streaming on Netflix, along with the entirety of the series, beginning March 7, 2014.[17]

Episodes[edit]

Feature film[edit]

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.[18][19] 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[20] 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."

TV series[edit]

Season Title Episodes First air date Last air date
Season 1 22 October 3, 2008 (2008-10-03) March 22, 2009 (2009-03-22)
Season 2 Rise of the Bounty Hunters 22 October 2, 2009 (2009-10-02) April 30, 2010 (2010-04-30)
Season 3 Secrets Revealed 22 September 17, 2010 (2010-09-17) April 1, 2011 (2011-04-01)[21]
Season 4 Battle Lines 22 September 16, 2011 (2011-09-16) March 16, 2012 (2012-03-16)
Season 5 20 September 29, 2012 (2012-09-29) March 2, 2013 (2013-03-02)
Season 6 The Lost Missions 13 February 15, 2014 (2014-02-15) March 7, 2014 (2014-03-07)

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 The Clone Wars series more cohesive as these first episodes created better chronology, setting themselves in and amongst 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 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.

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.[22]

Cast and characters[edit]

Primary characters[edit]

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.

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]

Special Guest voices[edit]

Production[edit]

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."[6] In July 2005, pre-production had begun on the series, according to Steve Sansweet, head of Lucasfilm fan relations.[27] 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.[28]

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."[citation needed]

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.[29] Animators also reviewed designs from the original 2003 Clone Wars series when creating the animation style for the film and the new series.[30]

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.[31]

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.[32]

At Lucas' March 3, 2007 appearance at the 2007 PaleyFest,[33] 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,[4] 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.[34]

On April 8, 2007, Ain't It Cool News reported that musician Eric Rigler had recorded music for the series.[35] 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."[36]

Broadcast[edit]

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.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars also aired from January 15, 2009 to March 26, 2009 on TNT. This show was the first animation aired on that channel in over a decade.[37]

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.[38] A state-by-state list of local television stations and broadcast times was also released.[39] Trifecta Entertainment and Media announced that they will be handling U.S distribution.[40]

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 partially finished and was currently in the process of Season 7.

Since August 17, 2013, reruns are aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, as part of the channel's Toonami block.[41]

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.[17][42]

Reception[edit]

Star Wars: The Clone Wars has been well received, with a Metacritic score of 64/100 for Season 1.[43]

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."[44] On August 31, 2008, a sneak peek of the new series was shown on Cartoon Network. IGN named it the 89th best animated series.[45] 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.[46]

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).[47]

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".[48]

In 2014. WatchMojo.com ranked Star Wars: The Clone Wars as the seventh best cartoon to have gotten cancelled.[49]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Recipient Result
36th Annie Awards Music in an Animated Television Production or Short Form Kevin Kiner for "Rising Malevolence" Nominated
37th Annie Awards Music in a Television Production Kevin Kiner for "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 for "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’Connel in “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

Home media releases[edit]

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[50]
Season 4 (DVD & Blu-ray) October 23, 2012[51] October 22, 2012[52] October 31, 2012[53]
Season 5 (DVD & Blu-ray) October 15, 2013[54] Fall 2013 Fall 2013
Season 1-5 Boxset (DVD & Blu-ray) October 15, 2013[54] 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").

Darth Maul Returns is a feature-length "director's cut" edited together from Season 4 episodes "Massacre", "Bounty", "Brothers" and "Revenge" and was initially available exclusively at Target.[55]

Video games[edit]

Five video games have been released, which are based on the style and character designs of the series.

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