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"Star Wars: Clone Wars" coming to Cartoon Network 197

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Androclese writes "E! Online News reports - 'Star Wars: Clone Wars, a series of animated shorts featuring the epic battles often mentioned but never seen in the Star Wars films, is being prepped for its fall premiere on the Cartoon Network...helmed by Genndy Tartakovsky of Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory fame. Each Clone Wars adventure will run two-to-three minutes and focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and their cohorts as they lead the Galactic Republic against evil armies of cloned troopers created by the Separatists.'"
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"Star Wars: Clone Wars" coming to Cartoon Network

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  • I've seen the previews, and there's no way it could be as bad as Episode 1 or 2.
  • by Decaffeinated Jedi (648571) on Sunday October 12, 2003 @10:11AM (#7194104) Homepage Journal
    I still say that Lucas missed out by having Episode III pick up after the Clone Wars. It's something that Star Wars fans have wanted to see for decades now, and I have a feeling that a series of animated shorts--no matter how well-produced they may be--just won't do the Clone Wars justice.
    • He doesn't have much choice, Star Wars was always supposed to be the story of Anakin Skywalker. If he focused on the Clone Wars instead of Anakin's fall from grace, that would be contradictory to the intent.

      Which is not to say that I think this will be good, or will do the Clone Wars justice, or will in any way shape or form be fitting. But try to see things from George's point of view.

      • by Ark42 (522144) <slashdot@@@morpheussoftware...net> on Sunday October 12, 2003 @10:16AM (#7194119) Homepage
        Is there something stopping a future creation of Star Wars 2.5 for some reason? Everybody likes prequals, so why not a .. um.. interqual?
        • Everybody likes prequals, so why not a .. um.. interqual?

          Mods, give the parent some brownie points... I do believe this gentleman has stumbled on whole new untapped revenue streams for hollywood!

          Can you imagine a Matrix 1.5? The film starts with Neo and Trinity picking up the pieces and hightailing it out of there after setting off the emp. They face a rugged and dangerous journey across the machine badlands before making their way to zion where morpheous tries to convince everyone that Neo is the one.
          • Can you imagine a Matrix 1.5?

            It's funny you pick that out of all possible examples when this [imdb.com] exists.

            I think "interquels" could be pretty neat in the right circumstances. Or "co-quels" like Ender's Shadow.
        • STAR WARS - Episode 2.5
          Touched by a Gungan
      • He doesn't have much choice, Star Wars was always supposed to be the story of Anakin Skywalker. If he focused on the Clone Wars instead of Anakin's fall from grace, that would be contradictory to the intent.

        Was Star Wars always supposed to be the story of Anakin Skywalker, or is that just another example of LucasHistory(TM)--you know, the version of history where the Star Wars films were always intended for kids, Greedo shot first, and Lucas planned a nine-part saga from day one? ;)

      • Ack! We aren't going to see the Clone Wars on the big screen?! I have to say, Lucas did have a choice: He could have chosen NOT to make these awful movies. Back when they were left to our imagination they were so much better. I always thought that was the purpose of NOT making them! It gave the originals a depth that is now erased.

        Sigh... Maybe Speilberg can convince him to let him make a Clone Wars movie...

        Honestly, back when I was 7 yrs old and watched Obi Wan tell Luke about his father being the greate
      • He doesn't have much choice, Star Wars was always supposed to be the story of Anakin Skywalker.

        Is that why episodes 4-6 are about Luke and his friends?

        Lucas just likes to revise his intentions and pretend he always wanted it to be about the rise, fall, and redemption of Anakin Skywalker.
    • Well, there does appear to be a sequence of at least six novels as well, starting with "Shatterpoint" [amazon.com], and there will no doubt be a lot of comics too. I have to agree that it's no substitute for a movie set in the midst of the wars though.
  • by The Lynxpro (657990) <`lynxpro' `at' `gmail.com'> on Sunday October 12, 2003 @10:14AM (#7194114)
    Anakin Skywalker and their cohorts as they lead the Galactic Republic against evil armies of cloned troopers created by the Separatists.'"

    Nice. Only problem is that the Clones are on the side of the Jedi and the Republic, not the Separatists. The Separatists use droid armies. Someone really was doing their job over at E, weren't they?

    • The clones wern't supposed to be on the side of the jedi.. they were made in the name of the jedi, and the jedi found out and used them to fight the droids because they had to... but they were made for the old jedi master guy that the jedi think is dead, who i bet turns out to be the emporer.
      • Senator Palpatine is the Emporer, not the old Jedi Master they think is dead. I doubt that Jedi and the Senator are the same people.
        • the emporer as in the evil one that when he dies gets reformed in the depths of the empire(sw:ccg)... i think hes called darth siduous in the prequels
          • Senator Palpatine IS Darth Sidious. Don't you get it? I saw that immediately in Episode 1. Compare a Darth Sidious figurine with an Emperor Palpatine figurine with a Senator Palpatine figurine. All the same face. All the same person. The Phantom Menace, Senator Palpatine is, as Yoda would put it.

            It will be Senator/Emperor Palpatine who finishes Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader's training. Since there can only be two Sith, a Master and an Apprentice, Darth Maul had to die. However, at the end of Episode 6: Ret

      • by The Lynxpro (657990) <`lynxpro' `at' `gmail.com'> on Sunday October 12, 2003 @10:47AM (#7194207)
        "The clones wern't supposed to be on the side of the jedi.. they were made in the name of the jedi, and the jedi found out and used them to fight the droids because they had to..."

        This cartoon is about the CLONE WARS. The CLONE WARS are the epic battles between the Republic and the Separatists, not what happens after the Republic "wins" and becomes the EMPIRE of the original trilogy. The Clone Troopers won't turn on the Jedi until AFTER the CLONE WARS ends. So, for the duration of the cartoon series and the first 10 minutes of EPISODE THREE, the CLONES will be on the side of the JEDI.

        What you are confused about are the events after the CLONE WARS. That is when Supreme Chancellor Palpatine declares himself Emperor and Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader. That is when the Jedi are hunted down and driven toward extinction thanks to Vader, the renamed STORM TROOPERS, and bounty hunters like Boba Fett.

        Palpatine IS DARTH SIDEOUS.

        Here are some great links for you to do some research on:

        http://www.starwars.com

        http://www.theforce.net

        http://www.jedinet.com

        http://www.rebelscum.com

        • WOWWWWWWWW if thats right, its gonna be soo much better than i thought.
        • wow (Score:4, Funny)

          by autopr0n (534291) on Sunday October 12, 2003 @10:52AM (#7194221) Homepage Journal
          Thanks a lot spolierboy.

          Not that I was going to see the 3rd movie, but if they had been any good I would have been pissed about reading this. Oh well.
          • Uh, Have you ever seen these SOMEWHAT related movies called "Star Wars", "The Empire Strikes Back", or "Return of the Jedi"? They make this shit blindingly obvious. Like how can you miss that Palpatine is played by the same actor as the Emporor, and (except for the ageing makup) they look identical? Same thing goes for the clones. Didn't you notice they looked a WEE bit like stormtroopers? Jeez, are you like the least observant person in the UNIVERSE?
          • Re:wow (Score:1, Flamebait)

            by The Lynxpro (657990)
            "Thanks a lot spolierboy."

            How did I spoil the film at all?

            1. The Emperor's name from the classic trilogy has been commonly known to be PALPATINE since his action figure was released back in 1983/84 with RETURN OF THE JEDI.

            2. Emperor Palpatine in 1983's RETURN OF THE JEDI wears the same style robe as DARTH SIDIOUS of 1999's THE PHANTOM MENACE and 2002's ATTACK OF THE CLONES. Darth Vader is clearly the Emperor's apprentice in EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI. So common sense would lead you to c
            • by wud (709053)
              i totally didnt realize that palpatine was the emporer... what about the sith master that was instructing darth mal/doku... is that palpatine switching back and forth?? it was obvious that palpatine was gonna be corrupt, but i didnt quite grasp that he would become(or already is) the sith master. also, i thought that there was differant actors that played the emporer between empire and jedi... im getting antsy for the third movie now... either way i hope these shorts are better than the droids cartoon..
              • *i totally didnt realize that palpatine was the emporer... what about the sith master that was instructing darth mal/doku... is that palpatine switching back and forth??*

                You are referring to DARTH SIDIOUS, the robed Sith Master from Episode I and II. Darth Sidious is Palpatine, who later becomes the Emperor. The hot rumor online is that in Episode III, he'll reveal himself to certain Jedi at the end of the flick and his face will change into the decrepid face seen in Jedi with a wave of his hand (if you'
            • 1. The Emperor's name from the classic trilogy has been commonly known to be PALPATINE since his action figure was released back in 1983/84 with RETURN OF THE JEDI.

              2. Emperor Palpatine in 1983's RETURN OF THE JEDI wears the same style robe as DARTH SIDIOUS of 1999's THE PHANTOM MENACE and 2002's ATTACK OF THE CLONES. Darth Vader is clearly the Emperor's apprentice in EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI. So common sense would lead you to conclude that Palpatine is...

              It's been known longer than

              • *It's been known longer than that, actually - the novelization of the original movie has a prologue discussing the rise of an ambitious senator named Palpatine who eventually made himself Emperor, and that novelization was first published in November of 1976 , a good six months before even the actual original movie itself came out.*

                True, but the novelization is not cannon. The novelization was ghost-written by Alan Dean Foster based upon earlier scripts for the movie. If you'll notice in the novelization
            • I didn't even exist in 1976. Despite that, I did know that palipitane becomes the emperor, anikin becomes vader, etc.

              What I didn't know was the chain of events that led up to it. And now I pretty much know the outline. Thanks.
          • by nyseal (523659)
            Or....you could have just read the book.
          • Dude, guess what... the Lone Gunmen are dead!

            *ducks*
        • Man, how are kids going to understand this if /. geeks don't get it?
        • THANK YOU. I wasn't quite CLEAR on ALL of the POINTS you brought UP in your INFORMATIVE POST.

          Now, if you'll EXCUSE ME, I'm GOING to go EAT some CHEE-TOS.
        • Plapatine IS NOT Darth Sideous. Palpatine is a CLONE of Darth Sideous (but doesn't know it yet). The Sith Lords arent stupid enough to believe they can hide underneath the nose of the greatst Jedi Masters of the day, they aren't that powerful. But with a bit of cleverness they can over come the Jedi.
          • *Plapatine IS NOT Darth Sideous. Palpatine is a CLONE of Darth Sideous (but doesn't know it yet).*

            I was a big supporter of this idea on theforce.net but it is not meant to be. Palpatine is extremely powerful in his trickery. He's supposedly going to wave his hand in front of his face and show the Jedi his illusion near the end of EPISODE III showing his true face; that of the decrepid Emperor last seen in RETURN OF THE JEDI.

    • You dont know what happens in episode 3 do you...?

      hm... to ruin the third movie or not...

      nah, I think i woudl rather let you think your onto something here /me scoffs
    • Someone really was doing their job over at E, weren't they?

      They probably fell asleep during the movie. And can you blame them?
      • I can't blame anyone for wincing during the love scenes (I sure did---the weakest part of the movie), but the action parts were great, and I'm the sort of person who will like a movie with a mediocre plot as long as it has great special effects. Attack of the Clones fit the bill.
    • But the Separatists (led by Tyranus, et al) are the ones who had the clones created. They are orchestrating the war, and only a tiny few of them know it.
  • by Davak (526912) on Sunday October 12, 2003 @10:16AM (#7194121) Homepage
    This is a clone of the animatrix [intothematrix.com] idea.

    In a great galaxy, many years ago
    The desire for more money took over the universe...
    • i thought the same thing when i heard about it. they are kind of doing it early though, the next one comes out in 2005.

      does anyone remember the boba fet cartoon that came out in the 70s or 80s? that was badass

    • Except that you don't have to buy anything to watch it.

      Animatrix = DVD/Video
      This = TV program

      Sure, it's still raking in money, but at least it's the television networks, and not us, paying for it.
    • Not really; the Animatrix had a very specific anime style, and had cartoons closer to 10 minutes long. These are going to be very short 3 minute cartoons.
    • Why, yes, it is. And all those Star Wars cartoons from the 1980s were retroactive clones.

      Sheesh. Mixing media isn't anything NEW. Do you remember the fantastic Batman Animated Series which followed the successful Batman movie? Or perhaps the watchable Real Ghostbusters cartoon which followed the movies of the same name?

      Animatrix wasn't anything NEW (and for my money, wasn't anything interesting, aside from the quality backstory of "The Second Renaissance"). The only thing it had going for it was that
  • for these Clone Wars cartoons to be cut up and overdubbed on "Adult Swim"....
  • "Each Clone Wars adventure will run two-to-three minutes..."

    Nothing like blipvids to make your brain explode, eh?
  • I suppose the best thing about 2-3 minute shorts is that you can only pack so much bad dialogue and so many plot loopholes into them.
  • Hmmm, so each one will have as much plot, humor and character development crammed into it as Episode 1 did!

    Lucas isn't getting another penny of mine after that sad commercialized ripoff.
  • by autopr0n (534291)
    I thought the cloned wariors were created by the republic, and worked for the Jedi? Thats what it seemed like from episode II, anyway.

  • it has Jedi Master Porky Pig.

  • I think clone wars is the perfect name for a cartoon series that is based on a series of five movies.
  • by DarkHazard (713597) on Sunday October 12, 2003 @10:51AM (#7194218)
    Wow this is just what I've been waiting! An animated Clone Wars! Lucas you genius you've done it again! I'm sure through watching 2-3 minute cartoons all the battles will be completed and the plot will be golden. I can't wait to watch the battles to see an animated Anakin Skywalker, because animated is so much better than CG and real live actors! Damn Lucas is a genius!

    [/sarcasm]
  • Nightmares of the Christmas Special!
    • >> Nightmares of the Christmas Special!
      Actually, the animated section of the Star Wars Holiday Special was probably the only good part. It introduced the world to our favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett.
  • I must admit, I wasn't too impressed with the new Star Wars movies, but a cartoon spinoff could be interesting. I recently saw Tartakovsky interviewed on a VH1 Special [dapcentral.org] about "prime time" cartoons, so I checked out a few episodes of Samurai Jack.

    Tartakovsky definately has a passion for action (yep, that's what the VH1 show said [repeatedly]). My best example is this: just listen to an episode of Samurai Jack and hear how much of it is dialogue, and how much is noises (slash, grunt) and music? (I think the

    • However, I'm an English major; when I notice a weak plot or a missing link, I get the subconscious "yellow flag."

      However, when I hear that someone is an english major, I get a subconscious "yellow flag" that says, "Warning: Incoming Bullshit Alert! Take evasive action!"

      Well, that or, "Yes, i would like some fries with that."

      -Ab

      ps. It's sarcasm, or, to quote Homer, "It's funny 'cause it's true..."
  • I saw the commercial for this... And it reminded me of South Park... but with Lightsabers...
  • If you take this stuff seriously, it's worth rereading The Case for the Empire [weeklystandard.com].

    The Jedi are kind of on the clueless side, after all. Their tactical decisions suck.

    • The Jedi are guarding a room in a tower. This is in a culture where every vehicle has antigravity. Do they have guards looking outward? Surveillance cameras? Air defenses? Nah. A couple of guys outside the door and they think they have it covered.
    • In Episode 2, the Jedi find out that someone has ordered a clone army. But the people w
  • Here are links to the quicktime trailer that's been out for awhile:
    Large - 320 x 240 [theforce.net] Small - 240 x 180 [theforce.net]

    I've just gotta chime in that 2 to 3 minute toons are definately not enough, when I first heard of this I thought it was going to be a real cartoon not just filler. Too bad they didn't take the opportunity to use the savings from making cartoons instead of live action in order to actually flesh out the Star Wars universe. For the price of Ep1&2 they could probably turn every book ever written about SW into a damn cartoon. (Except "Splinter of the Mind's Eye" by Alan Dean Foster of course) Just wonderful, it'll probably be shoved in-between other cartoons during Toonami, meaning I won't see it until someone puts it up on one of the bittorrent or emule sites. Cartoon Yoda looks great tho!

    Jonah Hex
    • I've just gotta chime in that 2 to 3 minute toons are definately not enough

      Actually, they are.

      I was at ComiCon (sp) in San Diego this year, and they had a panel discussion with Genndy and his team about "Clone Wars". The quote I remember is, "You can do a lot in three minutes." In order to figure out pacing, they spliced together Samurai Jack footage to see how much of an episode they could stuff into three minutes. Turns out, they could fit quite a lot. One of Genndy's strengths is being able to

  • I can't wait (Score:2, Interesting)

    by yoshi1013 (674815)
    I for one can't wait for these shorts, though I am with the people who wish that they would be longer.

    I think Genndy Tartakovsky was a great choice to make these shorts because he has a great handle on stylish animated action. Watching "Samurai Jack" also reminds me of a lot of anime notably "Rurouni Kenshin" with the split screen action and cinematic framings.

    In an interview Tartakovsky said that he made "Samurai Jack" largely because there weren't enough animated shows with enough action to satisfy his

  • ...And George Lucas forgot in the years between: "Wars not make one great" --Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
  • ...if in the middle of a dramatic fight scene between a squad of clone troopers and "separatists" over the "cloning laboratory", Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory jumps out with his super robot and cries "Ohhh nooo, myy labbb!!", followed by his kid sister DeeDee screaming "Dexter is a cookie!". |D
  • does anyone remember the star trek cartoon based on the original series? they should brign that back. do they show that anymore?
  • The inevitable comedy 'PSAs' that will follow each episode of The Clone Wars. Jango Fett rescuing kids from a burning house, Obi Wan telling kids why it's bad to smoke and Yoda using his force powers to lift kids out of peril... 'Candy from Darth Sidious you must take not.'


    Mind you, I'd much rather have a live action Knights of the Old Republic series.

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