Star Wars: The Clone Wars Animated Movie and Television series is set during the Clone Wars in between Episode II and III movies before Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. Anakin is coming closer to dark side, but the movie has the same spirit and fun times like in the original Star Wars series. Animation was chosen because it was the best medium to tell the story in a new way.
The team leading the project had the task of getting into George Lucas’ head, trying to be inspired by the same things that inspired George and creating this enigma of what he wanted them to produce. He wanted something that would be unique and blow the audience away on the TV and movie screen. Catherine Winder had to find a good team and create something special.
How and why did the project become into a movie when the original intent was just to continue the series on TV? When the team sat down to review the first footage, a short test clip with Yoda with a new panoramic style filming, with George on the big screen, he got so excited that this became what he wanted. His comment was “We’re not making television, we’re making cinema”, and they put together a plan to create a movie and then follow it up with the TV series. The team was privileged to present George footage to review and did not know how it would go or what mood George would be in during the presentation. The team had a big responsibility and was inspired by the original series where they had worked with George Lucas and answered to him. The bar was set so high after the original movies that they wanted to deliver something that would be able to stand up to those movies and follow up with Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series which will be broadcast on the Cartoon Network and TNT. Season 1 will be a total of 22 episodes with one new episode each week. While the movie will concentrate on the first arc, the continuing TV series will differ because each of episodes will concentrate at some points on different characters, such as Ahsoka Tano, Asajj Ventress, or even the Clone soldiers themselves and more. Besides doing action and war stories, the series will explore different genres including comedy, drama and romance. It will also retain the George Lucas cinematic style such as the screen wipes and inter-cutting story lines that were in all the movies but FASTER!
Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated movie will be premiering in movie theatres on August 15, 2008 and the animated television series will premiere on Cartoon Network and in syndication on TNT in September 2008.