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The Clone Wars: A New Look With New Images
Reported by Jay Cochran - 05:30 PM 2008.09.04


Lightsabers, starships, creatures and characters – in 1977, Star Wars introduced a host of screen icons that helped define the cinematic landscape. Now, more than 30 years later, Lucasfilm Animation is re-imagining the distinctive look of “a galaxy far, far away” for an all-new, weekly animated TV series – STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. For supervising director Dave Filoni – a diehard fan himself – this was no small task, and not something to be taken lightly.

“We had to stay true to the spirit of Star Wars and the look that had been established in the movies,” Filoni said. “There was fantastic work done by production designers like John Barry, Norman Reynolds and Gavin Bouquet, and it was our job to reflect that, but through animation. But THE CLONE WARS shows us more of the galaxy than we ever saw in the live-action films, so we had to forge plenty of new ground, as well.”
The first step was the most difficult – developing an overall look and feel for the series. Filoni and executive producer George Lucas decided on a radical departure. Rather than re-creating the photo-realistic world of the live-action films, they would design a stylized galaxy that instead embraced the essence of the Star Wars Saga. With striking angles and an aggressive, innovative “shooting” style, the result is both cinematic and distinctly animated.

“We wanted to create something unique and fun,” Filoni explains. “The movies are so recognizable, and we wanted to capture that flavor, but we also wanted our series characters to live on their own. With 30 years of history, there are a lot of expectations that come with a new Star Wars installment, and we wanted to be clear that this was going to be different from what had come before.”

One of the most striking design elements is the use of noticeable textures in every frame. “Many of the backgrounds look painted, while the characters and physical objects look almost like they have been created by hand,” Filoni said. “Working in computer animation, it’s easy to make everything look clean, but imperfection is far more interesting.”

In addition to the unique design and meticulous attention to detail, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS ushered in a new way to conceive and produce stories on a weekly basis, said producer Catherine Winder.

“Since the earliest days, animation has been produced using two-dimensional storyboards to plan out the action,” she said. “With THE CLONE WARS, George Lucas wanted us to try something totally new, a process he had utilized extensively on the live-action movies.”

Story artists working on STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS “sketched” every scene using a computer program that allowed them to visualize the action in three dimensions. The result, Filoni said, allows greater experimentation and offers the creative team unprecedented flexibility. “We can pre-visualize each shot like never before, which allows us to dive into the action and do things that, before this, were literally impossible. That’s the beauty of designing a new type of Star Wars entertainment: virtually nothing is impossible.”

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, from Lucasfilm Animation, debuts on Cartoon Network Friday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

Check out new images from the television series below in our IMAGE GALLERY. Also tell us what you think about this new series.

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robbie
2008-05-09
7:54 pm

[font="Comic Sans MS"]I am going to build new shelves and rearrange my ML collection. I have got all I needed including variants so I am going to incorporate them into my collection. Look at the first phase of my collection: [url=" (link) It is defintely going to change! I already started, b... read more 
Rollo Tomassi
2008-05-09
5:38 pm

Save $10 out of every paycheck. Then by the time the new stuff all shows up within two weeks of each other, you won't be cringing. 
synch
2008-05-09
3:45 am

[quote name='ARROW' post='16463243' date='May 5 2008, 10:15 PM']Why does a hobby have to be predicated on buying new stuff? Why not do things with the stuff you already have?? Heck, they could stop making the line tomorrow and that would not mean the fun ends. Its all about what you bring to it... read more 
ARROW
2008-05-09
12:50 am

[quote]As far as doing customs goes that is problably more exspensive and time consuming than just buying ML figures, especially when you put in for buying figures to get certain parts, paint, the apoxy mold, glue, paint brushes. It really adds up not to mention if you want to do it the correct way ... read more 
LegendsCollector07
2008-05-09
12:39 am

I hope you guys realize I was exaggerating, I don't mind the break from ML's I rather save my money for school and reserve some for legends, this is a major heads up to me because once the figures come out I will already have the money one hand. As far as doing customs goes that is problabl... read more 
annihilator
2008-05-07
9:21 pm

Go take a break . . .go on a hiatus . . . visit Tibet and then climb Mt. Everest. When you come back, you'll be a wiser man.  
JohnnyRebelV2
2008-05-07
8:17 pm

[quote name='LegendsCollector07' post='16463242' date='May 5 2008, 07:10 PM']Since NYCC we have found out there will not be any Marvel Legends until August. I don't know what I am going to do. I was hoping for somehting in the summer. Now all I can do is save. I thought it might be a grand t... read more 
CLAM34
2008-05-07
12:43 am

yeah... its kinda crappy huh.... I haven't really had any Marvel Legends to collect in well over a year... I been collecting the GiJoe 25th stuff.... and the DCUC stuff.... 
TomE
2008-05-06
3:08 pm

Buy DCUC! Those figures look great. I would save my money though, because the last half of the year is supposed to be heavy with Marvel. After all, there's going to be 8 $15 Hulk figures, a Target Exclusive Wave, a Wal Mart Exclusive Wave, Two packs, and Iron Man figures. There will ... read more 
DarthJoe
2008-05-06
11:43 am

Start collecting the 25th Anniversary GI Joe stuff. There's so much GI Joe stuff coming out this summer, I'm getting worried I won't have enough extra funds to buy it all.  
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