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->'''Windu:''' Did your journey give you any insight on how to win the war?\\
'''Yoda:''' No longer certain that one ever does win a war, I am. For in fighting the battles, the bloodshed, already lost we have. Yet, open to us a path remains, that unknown to the Sith is. Through this path, victory we may yet find. Not victory in the Clone Wars, but victory for all time.

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

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 theatrical film had originally begun as a [[FiveEpisodePilot four part opening arc for the series]] but was converted into a CompilationMovie after Lucas screened the episodes himself. The movie was critically panned and subject to fan backlash, but the series itself has been better received ([[PopularityPolynomial along with the movie itself, following its release on DVD]]), likely because it was 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.

In ''Star Wars'' history the Clone Wars was a violent struggle 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: Film/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 to the original trilogy.

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.

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 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'', has some of the same production staff.

See ''Literature/CloneWarsGambit'' for the novel tie-ins, which are no longer canon.
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!!The film and show provides examples of:

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