Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an American 3D CGI animated television series created by Lucasfilm Animation, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and CGCG Inc. The series debuted on Cartoon Network on October 3, 2008. It is set in the fictional Star Wars galaxy, during the same time period as the 2003 Star Wars: Clone Wars series. Each episode will have a running time of 22 minutes, to fill a half-hour timeslot. Star Wars creator George Lucas says "there will be at least 100 episodes produced." Dave Filoni, who has worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender, is the supervising director of the series. Genndy Tartakovsky, director of the first Clone Wars series, will not be involved with the production, but character designer Kilian Plunkett referred to the character designs from the 2D series when designing the characters for the 3D series. There also exists an Online-Comic, depicting story-snippets between the single episodes.
The first trailer for the series was released on the official Star Wars website on May 8, 2007. The series was launched with a feature film pilot, which was released in theaters on August 15, 2008. It is the second series (after Total Drama Island) to be originally broadcast on the main Cartoon Network (i.e., outside of Toonami or Adult Swim) with a TV-PG rating.
At Comic-Con 2005, several announcements were made on the work on the series. As of July 12, 2005, pre-production had begun on the series, according to Steve Sansweet, head of Lucasfilm fan relations. Sansweet referred to the series as "the next generation of the Star Wars saga, a cutting edge 30-minute, 3-D computer-animation series based on the Clone Wars that take place between Episode II ... and Episode III." Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Count Dooku, Mace Windu, Palpatine and General Grievous are expected to appear. Sansweet described the look of the new series as "a melding of Asian anime with unique 3-D animation styling." Primary production will take place at the Lucasfilm Animation facility in Singapore.
According to another statement by Sansweet, "Lucasfilm Animation will be hiring a total of about 300 digital artists and others in both California and Singapore locations to produce not only the series, but animated feature films in the years ahead." He said about the series, "to get the series underway, Lucasfilm Animation has hired key production and creative talent to lead the development of its first animation project." Sansweet has said that "a large component of the future of Star Wars and Lucasfilm is CGI animation." Gail Currey, the Vice President and General Manager of Lucasfilm Animation, has stated that she felt the early treatments for the series were amazing, and that she could not wait to share it with Star Wars fans.
Lucasfilm Ltd. and Lucasfilm Animation used Autodesk software to animate both the film and the series. The Maya 3D modeling program was used to create the highly detailed worlds, characters and creatures. Animators also reviewed designs from the original 2003 Clone Wars series when creating the animation style for the film and the new series.
Anthony Daniels, who portrayed C-3PO in all six films as well as the Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars: Droids and Star Wars: Clone Wars, confirmed in June 2006 that he had been contacted for the series.
In a video interview with Rob Coleman from Imagina 2007 divulged this information:
In February 2007, Daniels revealed on his website that the eleventh episode will be titled "Destroy Malevolence." However, the information was removed shortly thereafter.
At Lucas' March 3, 2007 appearance at the 2007 William S. Paley Television Festival, Lucas revealed the following information:
Star Wars: The Clone Wars will debut on the Cartoon Network, with rebroadcasts on TNT. Stuart Snyder, who oversees Cartoon Network and other Turner Broadcasting System cable networks, said he became interested in the new Clone Wars series immediately upon starting the job in May 2007. Snyder flew out to San Francisco, California to screen several episodes, and told George Lucas the only place he wanted to see the show was on Cartoon Network.
On the red carpet at the same event, Lucas revealed further information in a fan interview:
Lucas was interviewed in the September 24, 2007 issue of TV Guide and revealed the following:
On July 11, television critics were shown a completed episode of the series. The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed blog called the footage "likely the most photo-realistic animated TV series ever produced. On August 31, 2008, a sneak peek of the new series was shown during the season finale of Ben 10: Alien Force on Cartoon Network.
The Clone Wars will premiered October 3, 2008 at 9 p.m. on the Cartoon Network. Stuart Snyder also scheduled The Secret Saturdays, Ben 10: Alien Force and Batman: The Brave and the Bold (will be released on November 14, 2008) to create an action-adventure block of shows on Friday night in an attempt to rejuvenate Cartoon Network and compete with such channels as Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. Snyder expressed confidence that the shows would help boost ratings: “You catch me at a time where I have a smile on my face because of our internal results,” Snyder said. “I can say there’s a little bit of bragging on the third quarter for us.”
The show debuted in Canada on October 5, 2008 on CTV at 7 PM ET and on Space on October 10 also at 7 PM ET (check local listings). In the United Kingdom it will debut on Sky Movies Premiere (and Premiere HD) on October 25 and will start at 7 PM.
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" became the Cartoon Network most-watched series premiere ever. The computer-animated series, from Lucasfilm Animation, averaged 4 million total viewers in its debut, according to Nielsen Media Research. Cartoon Network said the Star Wars spin off ranked as the number one channel among all major kids networks in the time slot among total viewers as well as in the key youth demographics of kids 2-11 (1.8 million), kids 6-11 (1.4 million) and tweens 9-14 (1.2 million, the largest in the demographic for any premiere telecast of an original Cartoon series).
|Season||Episodes||First airdate||Last airdate|
|Season 1||22 planned||October 3, 2008||TBA, 2009|
|James Arnold Taylor|| Obi-Wan Kenobi|
|Matt Lanter||Anakin Skywalker|
|Matthew Wood||General Grievous|
|Terrence "T.C." Carson||Mace Windu|
|Seth Green||Kit Fisto|
|Corey Burton||Count Dooku|
|Ashley Eckstein||Ahsoka Tano|
|Ian Abercrombie||Chancellor Palpatine|
|Catherine Taber||Padmé Amidala|
|Nika Futterman||Asajj Ventress|
|Tom Kenny||Nute Gunray|