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"Unfortunately, war tends to distort our point of view. If we sacrifice our code, even for victory, we may lose that which is most important: our honor."
Obi-Wan Kenobi

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a CGI-animated film and television series created by George Lucas and directed by Dave Filoni. The pilot film and television series are produced by Lucasfilm, Lucasfilm Animation, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, and CGCG. note 

The Clone Wars depicts the self-titled galactic conflict that began in Attack of the Clones between the Galactic Republic and the violently secessionist Separatist Alliance, where the Jedi Order serve as the generals of the Republic's Clone Army. The Clone Wars primarily focuses on Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor), Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) and his new Padawan Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) as they deal with the various adventures and battles fought in the war alongside the Clone Troopers (Dee Bradley Baker), other Jedi and politicians up until Revenge of the Sith.

The installment is a Spiritual Successor to Star Wars: Clone Wars, the 2003-2005 mini-episode Animated Series created by Genndy Tartakovsky. Although it had no writers or producers in common with the previous production other than George Lucas, The Clone Wars borrows many design and plot elements from its predecessor while using its longer format to build on the characters and stories.

The installment was in production of a sixth season but was cancelled shortly after the season five finale in 2013 because of Disney's buyout of Lucasfilm, who wanted a TV series 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, while unproduced story arcs were adapted into other mediums. In 2018, The Clone Wars was Un-Cancelled, with the announcement that twelve episodes including the Siege of Mandalore arc, the intended Series Finale of the installment, would be animated and released on the upcoming Disney Streaming Service app in 2019.

The Clone Wars was the final installment produced by George Lucas prior to selling the franchise to Disney and brought the prequel era at the time to a close after fifteen years. Owing to Lucas' involvement, The Clone Wars is the only Star Wars installment outside of the six theatrical Star Wars films to be canon in the Disney era. The Clone Wars was followed by an Art Shifted Sequel installment called Star Wars Rebels that takes place before A New Hope and shares some of the production staff. The announcement of The Clone Wars' renewal also marks the first major prequel era installment since the Disney acquisition.

Supplemental material:

  • Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir: a comic book adaptation of a four-episode storyline that depicts the aftermath of the Shadow Collective arc.
  • Dark Disciple: a novelization adaptation of an eight-episode arc where an unlikely duo teams up to assassinate Count Dooku.
  • Crystal Crisis on Utapau: an arc of story reels where Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi attempt to stop the Separatists from getting their hands on a giant kyber crystal.
  • Bad Batch: an arc of story reels where the titular Clone squadron look to turn the tides for the Republic at the Battle of Anaxes.

Preview: #CloneWarsSaved trailer

The pilot film and television series provide examples of:

This is a war. If we aren't willing to do what it takes to win, we risk losing everything we try to protect.

Alternative Title(s): The Clone Wars