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Western Animation: Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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 CG-animated film and television series set in the Star Wars universe, covering the period between Episode II and III. The film was released in the United States in August 2008 while the TV series debuted on Cartoon Network in fall 2008.

It is easy to confuse this series with Star Wars: Clone Wars, Genndy Tartakovsky's 2003 mini-episodic Animated Series, which also aired on Cartoon Network and covers the same time period. The Clone Wars, while having no writers in common, borrows many design and plot elements from its predecessor. George Lucas is a producer while Dave Filoni (known for his work on Avatar: The Last Airbender) is director and head writer.

The film began development as a four-part pilot episode arc for the series, but was converted into a Compilation Movie 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 (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 choice timeslot is the inclusion of PG-13 level content. Characters are killed in unsettling and dramatic fashion, and some adult language and mild sexual content have slipped in under the radar. Like Clone Wars, episodes feature more obscure Jedi, stories centered entirely around Clone Troopers and sometimes even the politicians. There is also a set of novels set during the events of the series.

The Clone Wars was a period in Star Wars history that was the result of "Separatists" leading a rebellion against the Galactic Republic. The Republic did not have a unified military and the Separatists were well financed and had built a vast droid army. Episode II: Attack of the Clones revealed that a secret conspiracy gave the Republic a fully stocked and trained army composed of cloned soldiers, which served to stretch out the war. The Jedi 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: Revenge of the Sith 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 in an anthology format with Anachronic Order as a very intentional stylistic choice. Each season there is a loosely connected Story Arc (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 Arcs 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 (though the Myth Arc of the series had thankfully been wrapped up by that point). Disney wanted a Star Wars cartoon on their own networks and did not want to invest in a Channel Hop 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 released on Netflix, along with The Movie and the rest of the series on March 7, 2014, although there were still a few episodes planned. Arcs that had their scripts completed will be adapted into other mediums, with Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir 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 Star Wars: Rebels, which takes place over a decade after the events of this series.

It's worth noting that, in spite of the fact that this series was made before the 2014 Continuity Reboot of the entire Star Wars Expanded Universe that moved the vast majority of EU content into an Alternate Continuity, The Clone Wars is still considered to be as canonical as the movies themselves. See Clone Wars Gambit for the novel tie-ins (which are non-canon themselves, as part of the aforementioned EU reboot).

The film and show provides examples of:


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alternative title(s): The Clone Wars; Star Wars The Clone Wars; The Clone Wars
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