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Star Wars: The Clone Wars has been cancelled, a new animated series set in a "previously untouched time period" is teased

Mar. 11, 2013by: Alex Maidy

It was only a matter of time before this happened. Lucasfilm has announced the cancellation of their long-running animated series STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. The series, which lasted five seasons and 100 episodes, aired on Cartoon Network. Now that Lucasfilm is owned by Disney, it only made sense to bring the animated properties in house to air on a Mouse-owned network like Disney XD or ABC Family.

According to the official press release:

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. In the video below, Supervising Director Dave Filoni offers a peek of what is to come in STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS.

It remains to be seen how fans will get the concluding stories in the series, either in the form of direct to Blu-ray releases or online distribution, but it appears the days of being on Cartoon Network are numbered. The release also states the Seth Green developed series STAR WARS: DETOURS has been put on hold indefinitely. So, what does this mean for the future of STAR WARS animation? Check out this intriguing mention:

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.

My mind immediately jumped to KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC. I would think that the STAR WARS films will focus on the Skywalker legacy while the animated universe can expand to some more original aspects of the galaxy. What do you guys think?

Source: StarWars.com

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6:57PM on 03/12/2013
What a freakin shame....The Clone Wars was the best thing to happen to the Star Wars universe in a long time...Hopefully they don't ham it all up with this next series.
What a freakin shame....The Clone Wars was the best thing to happen to the Star Wars universe in a long time...Hopefully they don't ham it all up with this next series.
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10:53AM on 03/12/2013
Damn shame, the first season was a bit rough but with every season they had done a great job with improving the story arcs.
Damn shame, the first season was a bit rough but with every season they had done a great job with improving the story arcs.
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10:51AM on 03/12/2013
Damn shame, the first season was a bit rough but with every season they had done a great job with improving the story arcs.
Damn shame, the first season was a bit rough but with every season they had done a great job with improving the story arcs.
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11:20PM on 03/11/2013

It was a great series.

I came in late to the series, but even as kid's show it was phenomenal. The art direction was spectacular. It had production values above and beyond what any children's show should. I surely enjoyed it a heck of a lot more than the prequels.
I came in late to the series, but even as kid's show it was phenomenal. The art direction was spectacular. It had production values above and beyond what any children's show should. I surely enjoyed it a heck of a lot more than the prequels.
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10:13PM on 03/11/2013

Thank You: RIP Clone Wars/Please no more

Time to get into Knights / Old Republic and kick this into hyperspace. So bored with the focus all on the Clone Wars - lets get a breath of fresh air and try something different
Time to get into Knights / Old Republic and kick this into hyperspace. So bored with the focus all on the Clone Wars - lets get a breath of fresh air and try something different
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7:56PM on 03/11/2013
I couldn't get into the show. Besides, there's only so much you can fit into this show before the event of Episode 3 started. They already messed with the continuity of the films (Anakin has a padawan, Darth Maul isn't really dead, etc.), which I hate. As much as I like the characters from the movies, its time to move on. I agree that a Knights of the Old Republic show, or something between episodes 3 and 4 not involving the main characters, would be cool.
I couldn't get into the show. Besides, there's only so much you can fit into this show before the event of Episode 3 started. They already messed with the continuity of the films (Anakin has a padawan, Darth Maul isn't really dead, etc.), which I hate. As much as I like the characters from the movies, its time to move on. I agree that a Knights of the Old Republic show, or something between episodes 3 and 4 not involving the main characters, would be cool.
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7:28PM on 03/11/2013
Figured it was a matter of time once Disney bought it up. They'll want the big animated Star Wars show to be on the Disney Channel, not Cartoon Network.


I'll put some major league spoilers and thoughts below the fold.

This show was probably the creative reason Lucas felt comfortable handing off his baby to other creative minds. Some of the stories are the best thing Star Wars has produced for screen since 'Empire.' Perhaps its biggest contribution was the rehabilitation of the Clones.
Figured it was a matter of time once Disney bought it up. They'll want the big animated Star Wars show to be on the Disney Channel, not Cartoon Network.


I'll put some major league spoilers and thoughts below the fold.

This show was probably the creative reason Lucas felt comfortable handing off his baby to other creative minds. Some of the stories are the best thing Star Wars has produced for screen since 'Empire.' Perhaps its biggest contribution was the rehabilitation of the Clones. They aren't blindly loyal stormtroopers. They're soldiers, with personalities and individual desires for identity. In the prequels you're left wondering why the Jedi would ever trust these soldiers that were bred in secret, modeled after a bounty hunter working for a Sith Lord. The show created real bonds of camaraderie between the clones and Jedi...bringing actual drama and a greater tragedy to when Order 66 comes crashing down.

I'm guessing this is a huge sign that Ahsoka will appear in Episode VII. She's too big a character with the kids to just have her walk off into the sunset without answering whether she survived Order 66.

However it'll kind of suck that the fate of Clones Rex & Fives may be relegated to DVD Extra.
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6:06PM on 03/11/2013
I think this information is somewhat misleading. From what I understand the show has been cancelled as far as Cartoon Network is concerned, but I have every faith that the show will move and continue with a season 6 on a Disney owned channel, likely Disney XD.
I think this information is somewhat misleading. From what I understand the show has been cancelled as far as Cartoon Network is concerned, but I have every faith that the show will move and continue with a season 6 on a Disney owned channel, likely Disney XD.
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6:06PM on 03/11/2013

What happens to Ahsoka and Maul? SEASON 5 SPOILERS BELOW!

It would be cool if they work her into the new movies. Maybe by her just walking away from the jedi order at the end of season 5 it was a way for them to have her come back in the films. Also with Maul being alive still he can also come back on film??
It would be cool if they work her into the new movies. Maybe by her just walking away from the jedi order at the end of season 5 it was a way for them to have her come back in the films. Also with Maul being alive still he can also come back on film??
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5:17PM on 03/11/2013
This is because Disney wants complete control of the new series. They did the same thing when they canceled The Spectacular Spider-Man and more recently Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Remember when Disney took over Marvel, vowed not to change anything, then immediately started changing things? We all knew Clone Wars was doomed as soon as the buy-out was announced.
This is because Disney wants complete control of the new series. They did the same thing when they canceled The Spectacular Spider-Man and more recently Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Remember when Disney took over Marvel, vowed not to change anything, then immediately started changing things? We all knew Clone Wars was doomed as soon as the buy-out was announced.
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4:13PM on 03/11/2013
I never followed this series, but I've seen a few episodes. From what I have seen, this was a damn good series. This series seemed to accomplished what Lucas could not, revive the fun & adventurous elements of the original Star Wars films. Sucks to see a top quality kid's show go off the air (especially since quality cartoons are so few & far between these days)
I never followed this series, but I've seen a few episodes. From what I have seen, this was a damn good series. This series seemed to accomplished what Lucas could not, revive the fun & adventurous elements of the original Star Wars films. Sucks to see a top quality kid's show go off the air (especially since quality cartoons are so few & far between these days)
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4:10PM on 03/11/2013

Attn Schmoes: ***POSSIBLE SPOILER*** for those who haven't seen season 5!

Soooo...no chance of finding out what exactly the Emperor had in store for a captured Darth Maul?

Crap! Oh well, @ least this fanboy can rest easy knowing he's still alive (Clone Wars are considered canon...if i remember correctly) & not rotting @ the bottom of some power-shaft core on Naboo.
Soooo...no chance of finding out what exactly the Emperor had in store for a captured Darth Maul?

Crap! Oh well, @ least this fanboy can rest easy knowing he's still alive (Clone Wars are considered canon...if i remember correctly) & not rotting @ the bottom of some power-shaft core on Naboo.
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