Western Animation: Star Wars: The Clone Wars

aka: The Clone Wars
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

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.

The series is a Spiritual Successor to Star Wars: Clone Wars, the 2003-2005 mini-episode Animated Series created by Genndy Tartakovsky. While having no writers or producers in common other than George Lucas, it borrows many design and plot elements from its predecessor while using its longer format to build on the characters and stories. Dave Filoni (previously known for his work on Avatar: The Last Airbender) served as director and head writer.

The series premiered as a theatrical film, which originally started as an episodic four-part opening arc for the series, but was converted into a Compilation Movie after Lucas screened the episodes himself. The movie was critically panned and subject to fan backlash, but 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.

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: Attack of the Clones 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: 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 to the original trilogy.

The series utilized an anthology format with Anachronic Order as an intentional stylistic choice. Within each season there is a loosely connected Story Arc (Generally 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 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 Channel Hop for one starting to wrap up. The episodes in production were released as a Netflix exclusive, with unproduced story arcs adapted into other mediums: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir served as a comic-book adaptation of a four-episode storyline and Dark Disciple, starring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos, was released on July 7th, 2015. Story reels for a third arc, "Crystal Crisis on Utapau" were released on the official Star Wars website on September 25th, 2014 with a fourth, "Bad Batch", following on April 29th, 2015.

To date, this series 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. Because of Lucas' involvement, The Clone Wars is the only non-theatrical Star Wars production to be considered as canon going into the Disney era. The follow-up animated series Star Wars Rebels takes place around 15 years later and carries some of the same production staff.

See Clone Wars Gambit for the novel tie-ins (Which are non-canon).

The film and show provides examples of:

Alternative Title(s):

The Clone Wars, Star Wars The Clone Wars