Creator / Dave Filoni

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Dave Filoni (born June 7, 1974) is an American animator best known as supervising director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and thus is a fan of many of the city's sports teams. His first animation job was working on episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender, which explains why his later work is so good.

Filoni is an avid Star Wars fan, particularly of the character of Plo Koon — among other things, he has a bust of the character on his desk, and dressed up as Plo Koon for the premiere of Revenge of the Sith. And now you know why the character appears so often in The Clone Wars.

As of September 2016, he stepped down from his position as Supervising Director of Rebels (handing it down to fellow The Clone Wars and Rebels veteran Justin Ridge) while still being Executive Producer, due to being promoted to being in charge of all present and future Star Wars animation projects.

Dave Filoni provides examples of:

  • Armed with Canon: As long as he has permission from the Lucasfilm Story Group to do so (and discussing it with Lucas back in The Clone Wars), he and the other writers can put whatever they want in the Star Wars animated shows. Not only can they create original work, but they can recanonize/decanonize and adjust ideas from Legends, especially now that as of 2014, the New Expanded Universe has plenty of blanks to refill.
  • Author Appeal: He likes Plo Koon and wolves, hence why Plo Koon's clone battalion in The Clone Wars is called the Wolfpack and is led by Commander Wolffe.
    • Ahsoka's design was partly based off of San from Princess Mononoke. Further amplified when he revealed his personal headcanon of Ahsoka escaping Order 66 with the help of giant wolves whose legs seemed to be like trees, and a picture he drew of Ahsoka and Rex riding giant wolves in the aftermath of Order 66, though neither are canon. However, Filoni got around to making canon images for the Topps trading cards showing what happened to Ahsoka after the end of her major role in Rebels, showing that giant wolves (possibly lothwolves) are somehow involved in her psychological journey after Malachor.
      • Lothwolves — giant wolves native to Lothal — serve as a Chekhov's Gunman in Rebels, where they're mentioned in a nursery rhyme joke early on and are hinted at in ancient art on Lothal. At least one appears in the flesh in Season 4 to help the heroes.
    • He's also a cat person, too, which is why there's emphasis on lothcats in Rebels. The tooka species is named after his late cat, Tuuk.
  • Creator Cameo: He is the voice of Embo the bounty hunter in The Clone Wars, though it can be hard to tell due to sound editing. As a bonus, the character also sports a Nice Hat, just like his voice actor! He also voices the occasional incidental character, more often in Rebels.
  • For Want of a Nail: When Lucasfilms called him up back when he still worked on Avatar, he assumed it was a prank call by the Spongebob crew and decided to play along, until he realized it was the real deal and his Squee! nearly scared off the caller.
  • Nice Hat: In pretty much all of his appearances, he can be seen wearing his cowboy hat.
  • One of Us: Aside from his interest in Star Wars, he has a Level 80 Night Elf Hunter, and is unofficially considered one of the Dunedain.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Most definitely — he went from merely being a Star Wars fan to working on two animated shows (and now future ones included, now that he's pretty much supervising all of them as of September 2016) set within the universe.
  • Tempting Fate: A week before Lucasfilms called him up, he was playing lightsabers with Giancarlo Volpe, who asked him on how he would react if George Lucas ever called him to help make a new movie, and they laughed like it was never going to happen. Both of them ended up becoming directors to The Clone Wars.
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