After five seasons on Cartoon Network, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming to an end.
Lucasfilm made the official announcement today, which was immediately followed by what can only be described as millions of voices crying out in one collective nerd sigh. A heavy one.
“After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we feel the time has come to wind down the series,” Lucasfilm said on its website. “While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content. “
“As we enter into an exciting new era focused on the next Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm has decided to pursue a new direction in animated programming,” the company said on its website. “We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming. You can expect more details in the months to come.”
Clone Wars did well on Cartoon Network, with its recently concluded fifth season averaging 1.7 million total viewers. Even after being moved to Saturday mornings last year, it remained the No. 1 show among boys 9- 14, building momentum among among kids 2- 11 and 9-14, especially boys. And sure, no one thought it would continue its run on a competing network, but there was the hope that it would be added to the lineup over on Disney XD.
James Arnold Taylor, the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Clone Wars, said this of the news, in what will probably be the first of several statements from the voice cast. “I’ve seen a lot of shows and characters come and go, but Star Wars was always the top of the heap, ‘A-Number 1.’ You get used to shows ending, but this one was different, for many reasons. Star Wars is not just another show or film, it is a part of history and the stuff of legend. It’s characters and story lines evoke in us excitement, passion, romance, action, adventure, and pretty much any other adjective you want to insert here. Star Wars is just plain awesome, and I was fortunate to experience it from both sides of the spectrum, first as a fan, seeing A New Hope at the age of seven, and then as an actor getting to say the timeless line, ‘May the Force be with you.’ I got something few get; to play Star Wars as a child and an adult…”
Supervising Director Dave Filoni lays it all on the table in this video, along with a new Clone Wars clip that can really only be seen as a peace offering for those of us who preferred Clone Troopers to Storm Troopers.
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