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"There isn't a thing that we do in the storytelling space that I don't check with Dave. What I find about Dave is you don't just sit down and have a discussion about plot or review characters inside the Star Wars world. You end up having meaningful, thoughtful discussions about what it is we're trying to say inside the storytelling."
Kathleen Kennedy[src]

Dave Filoni is an animation producer who has been involved in various ways with Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, Star Wars Resistance, The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, and the upcoming series The Book of Boba Fett and Star Wars: Ahsoka.[2][3]


"When Revenge of the Sith was over, I found myself in the incredible position of carrying the torch forward."
―Dave Filoni[src]

Filoni made an appearance at Celebration IV on Sunday, May 28, 2007 with producer Catherine Winder in the Celebration Theater (Room 408AB), to discuss the beginnings of the new television series and reveal how The Clone Wars was being created. During San Diego Comic Con 2014, Filoni admitted that he knew about contradicting the Expanded Universe by establishing The Clone Wars as canon. In his defense, he said that they still included the Expanded Universe elements when they could.[4]

Filoni was one of the executive producers on Star Wars Rebels,[5] and he voiced Chopper in the series, a role which was not revealed until the series finale.[6] Filoni serves as an executive producer of the animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch.[7]

After expressing interest in working in live-action, Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy had Filoni visit the film sets of the sequel and anthology films to study the work of their directors. He received particular help and encouragement from Rian Johnson. Kennedy then paired Filoni up with Jon Favreau on The Mandalorian,[8] for which he serves as executive producer and has directed several episodes[9][10]—his first venture outside the realm of animation.[11] Around the debut of Star Wars Rebels Season Four, Filoni had hinted that he'd been exploring other forms of storytelling and learning from live-action directors.[12][13] (He visited the sets and studied the productions of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi).[14]

Personal life[]

Dave Filoni posing by his Plo Koon costume at his Lucasfilm office in 2012.

An avid Plo Koon fan, Filoni dressed up as the Jedi Master for the opening of Revenge of the Sith, giving out candy to children queuing up to watch the film.[15] Dave Filoni's office, as seen in the extra features on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars DVD, is filled with Plo Koon paraphernalia. He has a bust of Plo Koon's head, a model of Plo Koon's ship, an autographed portrait by the actor who played Plo Koon, a replica of Plo Koon's lightsaber on his desk, and his personal Plo Koon costume on display. Filoni also has a notebook-sized planner on his desk with Plo Koon's picture taped to the outside.[source?]

Star Wars works[]

"If you don't believe in the EU version of the story or didn't like it, then perhaps this new revelation that […] suits you better. Again a great many of the truths we cling to depend largely on our own point of view. […] In the end I have to say this: many die hard EU fans pick and choose the stories they think are canon based on what they like and what they don't like. They read a novel they like it and it's 'in,' they don't like it, and it's 'out.' […] Much effort goes into trying to word things or shoot things so that the existing EU can remain, if only at times from a certain point of view."
―Dave Filoni, on Star Wars: The Clone Wars[src]
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Notes and references[]

  1. Owen, Rob: Tuned In: Pittsburgh native delves into 'Star Wars' lore (2014-10-3). post-gazette.com. Archived from the original on November 9, 2020.
  2. StarWars.com The Book of Boba Fett, a New Series, Coming December 2021 on Disney+ on StarWars.com (backup link)
  3. StarWars.com Future Lucasfilm Projects Revealed on StarWars.com (backup link)
  4. StarWars.com SDCC 2014: Star Wars: A New Dawn Panel - Liveblog on StarWars.com (backup link)
  5. StarWars.com New Animated Series Star Wars Rebels Coming Fall 2014 on StarWars.com (backup link)
  6. Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Family Reunion – and Farewell"
  7. StarWars.com Star Wars: The Bad Batch, An All-New Animated Series, to Debut on Disney+ in 2021 on StarWars.com (backup link)
  8. The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian
  9. StarWars.com The Mandalorian First Image, Directors Revealed on StarWars.com (backup link)
  10. Prudom, Laura: Get a Look Inside The Mandalorian's Ship: The Razor Crest - IGN First (2019-09-29). ign.com. Archived from the original on April 22, 2020.
  11. SWYTlogo.png First Look at The Mandalorian | The Star Wars Show on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  12. Lussier, Germain: Star Wars: Rebels Dave Filoni on Its Final Season and His Future Role in a Galaxy Far, Far Away (2017-10-27). io9.gizmodo.com. Gizmodo. Archived from the original on September 21, 2018.
  13. YouTube.png Harloff Interviews Filoni! They Talk Future of Lucasfilm Ahead of Star Wars Rebels Finale on the Collider Videos YouTube channel (backup link)
  14. Breznican, Anthony: That Time George Lucas Asked a Guy From Pittsburgh to Join Him and Rule the Galaxy (2019-11-07). Vanity Fair. vanityfair.com. Archived from the original on January 16, 2020.
  15. SWYTlogo.png Dave Filoni Extended Interview | The Star Wars Show on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)

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