For other uses, see Clone Wars (disambiguation).

Star Wars: Clone Wars is an animated television series that chronicles the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Produced by Cartoon Network Studios, the series originally aired from 2003 to 2005, and was intended to serve as a bridge between the films Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The series consists of twenty-five chapters; Seasons 1 and 2 (Volume I) are made up of three-minute installments, while Season 3 (Volume II) is made up of twelve-to-fifteen minute installments. The success of Star Wars: Clone Wars led to production of the similarly titled Star Wars: The Clone Wars.



In the early 2000s, Hasbro asked Lucasfilm to develop something between prequel films,[7] which they hoped would boost action figure sales and help promote the upcoming Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.[8][9] Cartoon Network—who had previously worked with Hasbro on their Transformers series—suggested Genndy Tartakovsky, who was finishing work on the animated series Samurai Jack. Lucasfilm met with Tartakovsky,[7] who agreed to the project if the shorts could be extended from the original proposed 1-minute runtime up to 3-to-5 minutes.[10]

Clone Wars opening logo

Tartakovsky pitched the show as having "a Band of Brothers-feel to it—where it's episodes of different battles and strategies during the Clone Wars."[11] After Lucasfilm and Cartoon Network approved the idea, Tartakovsky produced twenty 3-minute episodes.[12] The series was produced using mostly traditional animation techniques.[13] For example, Tartakovsky animated C-3PO's eyes in a way that pays homage to the animation style of Nelvana, who produced the Droids and Ewoks series and The Star Wars Holiday Special's animated segment—all of which he had grown up with.[14]

The series's success led to the greenlight of a third season consisting of five 12- to 15-minute episodes.[15] Cartoon Network held a poll to determine which of three new Jedi should be introduced in the series. The three choices were Roron Corobb, Voolvif Monn, and Foul Moudama. Voolvif Monn won the vote and was introduced in "Chapter 20." The other two Jedi were later introduced anyway, both of whom played parts larger than Monn's.[16][17]


Star Wars: Clone Wars ran on Cartoon Network from November 7, 2003 to March 25, 2005. The episodes were released simultaneously on television and online for members of the Hyperspace fan club. They were available the next day on and on for non-Hyperspace members.[18] In an act of cross-promotion, Cartoon Network ran a Star Wars contest involving the 2004 DVD release of the original trilogy.[19] A PhotoComic adaptation of the entire series was released on May 21, 2008.[20] Dark Horse released a comic book series based on the artwork and atmosphere of the show, in some cases with direct plot tie-ins.

20th Century Fox released the series on home video in two phases in 2005; The first DVD was released on March 22, 2005 (one day after the third and final season began airing) and contained Chapters 1 through 20.[21] The second DVD was released on December 6, 2005 (the same day as the "family pack" DVD re-release of the original trilogy) and contained Chapters 21 through 25.[22] Chapters 1 and 8 were also included on a "Bonus Lightsaber Action DVD" that was packaged with Hasbro's Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader toy lightsabers.[23]

On March 16, 2021, it was announced on Disney's website that the entire series would be available on Disney+ starting April 2.[24]


Clone Wars was one of the first online series to win an Emmy Award, due to the fact that it was released on television and the internet simultaneously.[18] Seasons one and two won an Emmy award for "Outstanding Animated Program" in 2004,[25] and season three won in 2005 for the same category.[26] Background key designer Justin Thompson also won in "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation" for his work on season three.[27] The series was also a nominee and winner, respectively, of the 32nd and 33rd Annie Awards for "Best Animated Television Production."[28][29] ranked the series 20th out of 25 of the best science-fiction films or television of the previous 25 years (1982–2007).[30] IGN ranked Clone Wars as the 21st (out of 100) greatest animated series of all time.[31]


Season Episodes First airdate Last airdate
One 10 November 7, 2003 November 20, 2003
Two 10 March 26, 2004 April 8, 2004
Three 5 March 21, 2005 March 25, 2005


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Notes and references

  1. Star Wars: Clone Wars News Archive on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 View Clone Wars Chapter Archive on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume One
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume Two
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 5.26 5.27 5.28 5.29 5.30 5.31 5.32 5.33 5.34 5.35 5.36 5.37 5.38 5.39 5.40 5.41 5.42 5.43 5.44 5.45 5.46 5.47 5.48 5.49 5.50 5.51 5.52 5.53 5.54 5.55 5.56 5.57 5.58 5.59 5.60 5.61 5.62 5.63 5.64 5.65 5.66 5.67 5.68 5.69 5.70 5.71 5.72 5.73 5.74 5.75 5.76 5.77 5.78 Clone Wars Cast & Crew on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  6. The New Essential Chronology
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor
  8. Sedano, Caroline (November 17, 2008). Cartoon Network animator traces his path to the top. Archived from the original on August 3, 2020.
  9. Total Film magazine, May 2008 issue, p. 137
  10. Granshaw, Lisa (April 29, 2015). How the Clone Wars microseries led the way for Star Wars' return to TV. Archived from the original on June 9, 2019. Retrieved on May 1, 2015.
  11. Homing Beacon #79 - Clone Wars at Cartoon Network on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  12. Three-Minute Epics: A Look at Star Wars: Clone Wars on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  13. Homing Beacon #92 - Multi-Dimensional Clone Wars on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  14. Homing Beacon #97 - Fine-Tooned Heroes on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  15. The Clone Wars Micro-Series Continues! on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  16. Cartoon Network Poll on (content removed from and unavailable)
  17. Gentle Giant Toons Out the Original Trilogy on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  18. 18.0 18.1 Clone Wars Home on Hyperspace on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  19. Cartoon Network SW Trilogy Contest. (December 11, 2004). Archived from the original on June 9, 2020.
  20. Upcoming Dark Horse Titles for Spring 2008 on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  21. Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 1 Coming to DVD on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  22. Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 2 Coming to DVD on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  23. Roberts, Dustin (February 10, 2005). Bonus DVD With Lightsaber. Archived from the original on June 10, 2020. Retrieved on October 25, 2014.
  24. D23 logo.png Everything New You Can Stream on Disney+ in April 2021 on (backup link)
  25. Clone Wars Micro-Series Wins Emmy Award on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  26. Clone Wars Volume 2 Wins Emmy Award on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  27. Clone Wars Volume 2 Wins Juried Emmy Award on (content now obsolete; backup link)
  28. 32nd Annual Annie Nominations and Awards Recipients. Archived from the original on September 1, 2020. Retrieved on May 3, 2015.
  29. 33rd Annual Annie Nominations and Awards Recipients. Archived from the original on June 9, 2020. Retrieved on May 3, 2015.
  30. Bernardin, Marc. The Sci-Fi 25: The Genre's Best Since 1982. Archived from the original on September 24, 2010. Retrieved on September 24, 2010.
  31. IGN - Top 100 TV Series. Archived from the original on July 24, 2013. Retrieved on July 24, 2013.

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