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Star Wars: Clone Wars is an animated television series that chronicles the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Produced by Cartoon Network Studios, the series originally aired from 2003 to 2005. It was intended to serve as a bridge between the films Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith—which begin and end the war respectively. The series consists of twenty-five chapters; Seasons 1 and 2 (Volume I) are made up of three-minute installments, while Season 3 (Volume II) is made up of twelve-to-fifteen minute installments. The success of Star Wars: Clone Wars led to a second Clone Wars series—the similarly titled Star Wars: The Clone Wars—which was produced by Lucasfilm Animation and ran from 2008 to 2014.

Development

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Clone Wars opening logo

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In 2003, Lucasfilm had the idea for a series of Clone Wars shorts, which they hoped would boost sales for prequel action figures and help to promote the upcoming Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.[7][8] They contacted Genndy Tartakovsky, who was finishing work on the animated series Samurai Jack. He agreed, but only if the shorts could be extended from the original 1-minute runtime to 3 to 5 minutes.[9] Tartakovsky pitched the show as having "a Band of Brothers-feel to it—where it's episodes of different battles and strategies during the Clone Wars."[10] After Lucasfilm and Cartoon Network approved the idea, Tartakovsky produced twenty 3-minute episodes.[11] The series was produced using mostly traditional animation techniques.[12] For example, Tartakovsky animated C-3PO's eyes in a way that pays homage to the animation style of Nelvana, who produced the Droids and Ewoks series and The Star Wars Holiday Special's animated segment—all of which he had grown up with.[13]

Cartoon Network held a poll to determine which of three new Jedi should be introduced in the series. The three choices were Roron Corobb, Voolvif Monn, and Foul Moudama. Voolvif Monn won the vote and was introduced in "Chapter 20." The other two Jedi were later introduced anyway, both of whom played parts larger than Monn's.[14][15]

The series's success led to the greenlight of a third season consisting of five 12- to 15-minute episodes.[16]

Release

Star Wars: Clone Wars ran on Cartoon Network from November 7, 2003 to March 25, 2005. The episodes were released simultaneously on television and online for members of the Hyperspace fan club. They were available the next day on cartoonnetwork.com and on StarWars.com for non-Hyperspace members.[17] In an act of cross-promotion, Cartoon Network ran a Star Wars contest involving the 2004 DVD release of the original trilogy.[18] A PhotoComic adaptation of the entire series was released on May 21, 2008.[19] Dark Horse released a comic book series based on the artwork and atmosphere of the show, in some cases with direct plot tie-ins.

20th Century Fox released the series on home video in two phases in 2005; The first DVD, Star Wars: Clone Wars: Volume One, was released on March 22, 2005 (one day after the third and final season had began airing) and contained Chapters 1–20 of the micro-series.[20] The second DVD, Star Wars: Clone Wars: Volume Two, was released on December 6, 2005 (the same day as the "family pack" DVD re-release of the original trilogy) and contained Chapters 21–25 of the micro-series.[21] Chapters 1 and 8 were also included on a "Bonus Lightsaber Action DVD" that was packaged with Hasbro's Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader toy lightsabers.[22]

Reception

Clone Wars was one of the first online series to win an Emmy Award, due to the fact that it was released on television and the internet simultaneously.[17] Seasons one and two won an Emmy award for "Outstanding Animated Program" in 2004,[23] and season three won in 2005 for the same category.[24] Background key designer Justin Thompson also won in "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation" for his work on season three.[25] The series was also a nominee and winner, respectively, of the 32nd and 33rd Annie Awards for "Best Animated Television Production."[26][27] EW.com ranked the series 20th out of 25 of the best science-fiction films or television of the previous 25 years (1982–2007).[28] IGN ranked Clone Wars as the 21st (out of 100) greatest animated series of all time.[29]

Episodes

Season Episodes First airdate Last airdate
One 10 November 7, 2003 November 20, 2003
Two 10 March 26, 2004 April 8, 2004
Three 5 March 21, 2005 March 25, 2005

Credits

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Cast

Crew

Collections

Bibliography

Notes and references

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Wookieepedia has 40 images related to Star Wars: Clone Wars.
  1. SWicon Star Wars: Clone Wars News Archive on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 SWicon View Clone Wars Chapter Archive on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Clone Wars: Volume One
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Star Wars: Clone Wars: Volume Two
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 5.26 5.27 5.28 5.29 5.30 5.31 5.32 5.33 5.34 5.35 5.36 5.37 5.38 5.39 5.40 5.41 5.42 5.43 5.44 5.45 5.46 5.47 5.48 5.49 5.50 5.51 5.52 5.53 5.54 5.55 5.56 5.57 5.58 5.59 5.60 5.61 5.62 5.63 5.64 5.65 5.66 5.67 5.68 5.69 5.70 5.71 5.72 5.73 5.74 5.75 5.76 5.77 5.78 SWicon Clone Wars Cast & Crew on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 The New Essential Chronology
  7. Sedano, Caroline (November 17, 2008). Cartoon Network animator traces his path to the top. browndailyherald.com.
  8. Total Film magazine, May 2008 issue, p. 137
  9. Granshaw, Lisa (April 29, 2015). How the Clone Wars microseries led the way for Star Wars' return to TV. blastr.com. Retrieved on May 1, 2015.
  10. SWicon Homing Beacon #79 - Clone Wars at Cartoon Network on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  11. SWicon Three-Minute Epics: A Look at Star Wars: Clone Wars' on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  12. SWicon Homing Beacon #92 - Multi-Dimensional Clone Wars on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  13. SWicon Homing Beacon #97 on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  14. Cartoon Network Poll (has since been taken offline)
  15. SWicon Gentle Giant Toons Out the Original Trilogy on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  16. SWicon The Clone Wars Micro-Series Continues! on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  17. 17.0 17.1 SWicon Clone Wars Home on Hyperspace on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  18. Cartoon Network SW Trilogy Contest. TheForce.net (December 11, 2004).
  19. SWicon Upcoming Dark Horse Titles for Spring 2008 on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  20. SWicon Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 1 Coming to DVD on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  21. SWicon Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 2 Coming to DVD on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  22. Roberts, Dustin (February 10, 2005). Bonus DVD With Lightsaber. TheForce.net. Retrieved on October 25, 2014.
  23. SWicon Clone Wars Micro-Series Wins Emmy Award on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  24. SWicon Clone Wars Volume 2 Wins Emmy Award on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  25. SWicon Clone Wars Volume 2 Wins Juried Emmy Award on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  26. 32nd Annual Annie Nominations and Awards Recipients. annieawards.org. Retrieved on May 3, 2015.
  27. 33rd Annual Annie Nominations and Awards Recipients. annieawards.org. Retrieved on May 3, 2015.
  28. Bernardin, Marc. The Sci-Fi 25: The Genre's Best Since 1982. ew.com. Retrieved on September 24, 2010.
  29. IGN - Top 100 TV Series. ign.com. Retrieved on July 24, 2013.

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