Western Animation: Star Wars: Clone Wars
"Like fire, across the galaxy, the Clone Wars spread."Star Wars: Clone Wars
is an Animated Adaptation
Miniseries, written and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky
, and produced by Cartoon Network
. Clone Wars
is set in the Star Wars
universe, between the events of Episode II
and Episode III
. Where the prequel trilogy teases us with the beginning and end of the Clone Wars, this miniseries puts the "Wars" back in Star Wars and actually shows the meat of that galaxy-spanning conflict.
It should not be confused with the CG film and TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars
. It could be considered a spiritual pilot for that series, but the two don't have any of the same writers.
The first volume of the series (Seasons 1 and 2) shows Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker leading the Clone forces in the Battle of Muunilinst. Obi-wan leads the ground forces, and ends up battling the mercenary Durge. Meanwhile, Anakin leads the space battle, then gets drawn into a one-on-one fight with the Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress.
Interspersed with this are shorter scenes from other characters and other battles: ARC troopers taking a key enemy position, Kit Fisto fighting underwater, Yoda and Padme rescuing two Jedi ambushed on an ice planet, and Mace Windu battling an army on Dantooine.
Then General Grievous shows up and kills a bunch of Jedi
The second volume of the series (Season 3) has only two main storylines and no side-stories. Beginning with the rescue of the Jedi from the last season's cliffhanger, it shows the tide of the war shifting against the Republic due to Grievous' arrival. The Jedi Council responds by promoting Anakin to Jedi Knight. A montage of Anakin kicking butt ensues, then he and Obi-wan are dispatched to Nelvaan to find Grievous. In this story, Anakin receives a trippy vision quest
that foreshadows his later fall to the Dark Side.
Meanwhile, Grievous leads a massive attack on Coruscant. Yoda and Mace Windu lead the counterattack, while Shaak Ti attempts to escort Chancellor Palpatine to safety.
The animation style is similar to Samurai Jack
, but with outlines and CG spaceships
. The series was originally broadcast as four-minute episodes for the first two seasons, then as twelve-minute episodes for the third season. Even in this format, the series earned an Emmy award.
This microseries provides examples of: