->''"Unfortunately war tends to distort our point of view. If we sacrifice our code, even for victory, we may lose that which is most important: our honor.''"
-->-- '''Obi-Wan Kenobi'''

''Franchise/StarWars: The Clone Wars'' is a [[AllCGICartoon CG-animated film]] and [[AnimatedSeries television series]] [[{{Interquel}} taking place between]] ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. The film was released theatrically in the United States on August 2008. The TV series debuted on Creator/CartoonNetwork in Fall 2008.

In ''Star Wars'' history, the Clone Wars were violent struggles between the Galactic Republic and the violently secessionist "Separatists". Members of the Jedi Order serve as the generals of the Republic's Clone army, with Jedi Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi acting as the main characters. In the pilot movie, Anakin is forcibly given a Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, and they deal with the various battles and adventures fought during this epic war up until ''Revenge of the Sith''.

The series is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'', the 2003-2005 mini-episode AnimatedSeries created by Creator/GenndyTartakovsky. Although it had no writers or producers in common with the previous production other than Creator/GeorgeLucas, ''The Clone Wars'' [[AdaptationExpansion borrows many design and plot elements from its predecessor]] while exploiting its longer format to build on the characters and stories. [[Creator/DaveFiloni Dave Filoni]] (previously known for his work on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'') served as frequent director and head writer.

The series utilized an anthology format with AnachronicOrder as an intentional stylistic choice. Within each season there is a [[HalfArcSeason loosely connected]] StoryArc (generally composed of two- or three-part episodes) while the {{Filler}} tends to jump around to any point in the timeline. This has resulted in some {{Story Arc}}s being told almost in reverse. As the series progressed it shifted away from filler and more towards story arcs, to the point that Season 5 was composed of five four-part stories.

A major advantage of the television format and [[AdoredByTheNetwork choice timeslot]] is the inclusion of PG-13 level content. [[AnyoneCanDie Characters are killed]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath in unsettling and dramatic fashion]], and some adult language and mild sexual content have [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar slipped in under the radar]]. Like ''Clone Wars'', episodes feature [[AscendedExtra more obscure Jedi]], [[ADayInTheLimelight stories centered entirely]] [[LowerDeckEpisode around Clone Troopers]] and sometimes even the politicians.

The series was in production of a sixth season but was cancelled shortly after the Season 5 finale because of Disney's buyout of Lucasfilm, who wanted a tv show on their own network and did not want to invest in a ChannelHop for one starting to wrap up. The episodes in production were [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised released as a Netflix exclusive]]. Unproduced story arcs were adapted into other mediums. ''ComicBook/DarthMaulSonOfDathomir'' served as a comic book adaptation of a four-episode storyline. A novelization of another arc, ''Literature/DarkDisciple'', starring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos, was released on July 7th, 2015. Story reels for a third arc, [[http://www.starwars.com/video/star-wars-the-clone-wars-story-reel-a-death-on-utapau "Crystal Crisis on Utapau"]] were released on the official Star Wars website on September 25th, 2014. A fourth, [[http://www.starwars.com/video/the-bad-batch-star-wars-the-clone-wars-story-reel "Bad Batch,"]] following on April 29th, 2015.

This series [[EndOfAnAge is the final installment produced by George Lucas prior to selling the franchise to Disney, and brings the prequel era to a close after fifteen years]]. Owing to Lucas' involvement, ''The Clone Wars'' is the only non-theatrical ''StarWars'' production to be considered as canon going into the Disney era. A followup animated series, ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', takes place around 15 years later, prior to ''A New Hope'', and has some of the same production staff.

See ''Literature/CloneWarsGambit'' for the novel tie-ins, which are no longer canon.

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-->''This is a war. If we aren't willing to do what it takes to win, we risk losing everything we try to protect.''