->'''Obi-Wan Kenobi:''' Subtlety has never been one of your strong suits.\\
'''Anakin Skywalker:''' Everything I learned, I learned from you.\\
'''Obi-Wan Kenobi:''' If only that were true.

A [[AllCGICartoon CG-animated film]] and [[AnimatedSeries television series]] set in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe, covering the period [[{{Interquel}} between]] ''[[Film/AttackOfTheClones Episode II]]'' and ''[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith III]]''. The film was released in the United States in August 2008 while the TV series debuted on Creator/CartoonNetwork in fall 2008.

It is easy to confuse this series with ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'', Creator/GenndyTartakovsky's 2003 mini-episodic AnimatedSeries, which also aired on Cartoon Network and covers the same time period. ''The Clone Wars'', while having no writers in common, [[AdaptationExpansion borrows many design and plot elements from its predecessor]]. Creator/GeorgeLucas is a producer while Dave Filoni (known for his work on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'') is director and head writer.

The film began development as a [[FiveEpisodePilot four-part pilot]] episode arc for the series, but was converted into a CompilationMovie after Lucas screened the episodes himself. The movie was generally panned by critics and subject to fan backlash, but being a ''Star Wars'' production was still financially successful. The series itself has been better received ([[PopularityPolynomial along with the movie itself, once it came out on DVD]]), likely because it is shown in the medium for which it was intended. 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. There is also a set of [[Literature/CloneWarsGambit novels]] set during the events of the series.

The Clone Wars was a violent struggle in ''Star Wars'' history between the secessionist Confederacy of Independent Systems (The "Separatists") and the Galactic Republic. The Republic did not previously have a unified military, but ''Episode II: AttackOfTheClones'' revealed that a secret conspiracy had provided the Republic with a fully stocked and trained army composed of cloned soldiers with which to pursue the war. Members of the Jedi Order serve as the generals of the clone army, with their own legions and loyal clone commanders. In the pilot movie Anakin Skywalker is forcibly given a Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, and they deal with the various battles and adventures fought during this epic war. ''Episode III: RevengeOfTheSith'' [[DoomedByCanon has already shown how the war will end]], but the series traces how events lead up to that conclusion as well as touching upon story threads that span from the distant past and to the original trilogy.

The series was designed as an anthology format with AnachronicOrder as an intentional stylistic choice. Each season there is a [[HalfArcSeason loosely connected]] StoryArc (most 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.

The series was cancelled suddenly in March 2013, shortly after the Season 5 finale, as a direct result of Disney's buyout of Lucasfilm. Disney wanted a ''Star Wars'' cartoon on their own networks and did not want to invest in a ChannelHop for one that had already begun the process of wrapping up. Most material that was already in production for Season 6 was completed and was [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised released on Netflix]], along with TheMovie and the rest of the series on March 7, 2014, although there were still a few episodes planned that remained unproduced. Arcs that had their scripts completed will be adapted into other mediums, with ''ComicBook/DarthMaulSonOfDathomir'' serving as a comic-book adaptation of a four-episode storyline and ''Dark Disciple'', starring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos, slated for release in Summer 2015. Story reels for a third arc, "Crystal Crisis on Utapau" were released on the official Star Wars website on September 25th, 2014.

The new animated series is called ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', which takes place over a decade after the events of this series.

In spite of the fact that this series was made before the 2014 ContinuityReboot of the entire ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' that moved the vast majority of EU content into an AlternateContinuity, ''The Clone Wars'' is still considered to be as canonical as the movies themselves. See ''Literature/CloneWarsGambit'' for the novel tie-ins (which are non-canon themselves, as part of the aforementioned EU reboot).
!!The film and show provides examples of:

* [[StarWarsTheCloneWars/TropesAToF Tropes A To F]]
* StarWarsTheCloneWars/TropesGToN
* StarWarsTheCloneWars/TropesOToZ