March 11, 2013 at 6:13 pm #840
The just-finished season of Clone Wars was the last. Despite the fact that it could’ve potentially been a draw for Disney XD, it will probably wind up being wrapped up either online or on the inevitable final season DVD set. [LINK]
As we enter into an exciting new era focused on the next Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm has decided to pursue a new direction in animated programming. We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming. You can expect more details in the months to come.
As part of this shift, we have also made some key decisions affecting Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Detours.
After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we feel the time has come to wind down the series. While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content.
It’s actually a bit of a relief to not see Clone Wars go to Disney XD, quite frankly. They didn’t know what the hell to do with its spiritual cousin, Tron Uprising, so it would’ve been sad to see Clone Wars either dumbed down to standard-issue tween fare or dumped into un-findable time slots, a la Tron.March 11, 2013 at 10:09 pm #4962
There was an animated series of Star Wars?
“You can not operate in this room unless you believe that you are Superman, and whatever happens, you’re capable of solving the problem.” – Gene KranzMarch 12, 2013 at 6:02 am #4963
So… why are they writing new story arcs if the show’s been cancelled? Any why exactly did they cancel it in the first place, was it due to bad ratings or bad toy sales or something? Or now that Disney has full control over Star Wars they want to attract viewers other than children?March 12, 2013 at 6:51 am #4964
The assumption seemed to be that, if Clone Wars continued after five seasons on Cartoon Network, it would’ve wound up on Disney XD – a channel which just demonstrated a lousy grasp of how to handle stuff like this when it allowed Tron Uprising to slip through its fingers and slide away through the floorboards.
And Clone Wars was definitely more mature than the Tron toon: it’s kind of like the love child of Star Wars and Star Blazers. It would deal with civil liberties in wartime, loyalty, duty, honor, acceptable risk, disobeying orders, and so on. Characters got killed on screen – generally no more graphically than most stock stormtroopers got killed in the Star Wars movies, but it was a show with a surprising body count at times.
I already had an uneasy feeling, prior to the cancellation announcement, that this wasn’t going to fly with a network that wanted everything kept down to the dull barely-edutainment roar of, basically, Phineas & Ferb.
And Lucasfilm’s people who were plotting this out must’ve had that feeling too. The last episode, which aired a little over a week ago, drops some pretty broad hints about why Anakin’s padawan is neither seen nor mentioned in Episode III, for story reasons rather than the obvious “no one had thought of the character in 2005.” That’s really been the big mystery of the whole show from day one: why is she gone by Episode III? So in a way, by nailing down that answer, Clone Wars was left at a story juncture where we’re not left wanting for a whole lot if that’s where it ends.
The new storylines were probably drawn up in advance, just in case a sixth season happened, to demonstrate to Disney that the show had life left in it. But it’s not The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, so it was incompatible with nearly any outlet that Disney could’ve provided for it, short of sliding it over to ABC Family. Whatever’s being worked on now will almost certainly end up on the DVD box set for the last season, or perhaps as its own direct-to-DVD entity.February 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm #4965
Clearer, it all becomes now. [LINK]
The Galactic Republic, Disney/ABC Television Group, Lucasfilm, and Netflix Inc. today announced the highly anticipated debut of the sixth and final season of the Emmy(r) Award-winning series Star Wars: The Clone Wars exclusively to Netflix members in the US and Canada on Friday, March 7. Accompanying the 13-episode new season dubbed “The Lost Missions” will be the entire Star Wars: The Clone Wars saga, which includes several director’s cut episodes never seen on TV as well as the feature film. This multi-year agreement also makes Netflix the exclusive subscription service for the entire Star Wars: The Clone Wars series.
In these eagerly anticipated episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, some of the deepest mysteries of the conflict between the light and the dark sides of the Force are revealed. An intrepid clone trooper discovers a shocking secret, Anakin Skywalker’s closest relationship is tested to its limits, and what Master Yoda discovers while investigating the disappearance of a Jedi could forever change the balance of power in the galaxy. Fans will not only be able to watch the thrilling finale, they’ll be able to see more of Star Wars: The Clone Wars than ever before as Netflix will also stream the director’s cut of seasons one to five.
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