• Mattie Stu

10 Things You Didn't Know About Star Wars: Clone Wars (Probably)

Number 01.

Star Wars: Clone Wars was initially conceptualised as a series of shorts that would not only boost sales for prequel action figures, but also help promote Revenge of the Sith.

Number 02.

Genndy Tartakovsky of Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory fame only agreed to direct the series after the run time of each short was extended from 1 minute to around 5 minutes. Moreover, he wanted the series to have “a Band of Brothers-feel to it” - where individual episodes detailed the different battles and strategies of the Clone Wars.

Number 03.

The series was produced using mostly traditional animation techniques. For example, Tartakovsky animated the eyes of C-3PO in a way that was not too dissimilar from the style of Nelvana. Nelvana being the company who produced Star Wars: Droids, Star Wars: Ewoks, and the animated sequence from the infamous holiday special.

Number 04.

Speaking of Nelvana, the studio was subtly referenced to in the show's third season in the form of Nelvaan - the planet on which most of the action takes place.

Number 05.

Each chapter was initially broadcast before the first show of Cartoon Network's prime time lineup. They were then available for download the next day online.

Number 06.

As it was simultaneously broadcast on television and online, Star Wars: Clone Wars the first Emmy Award winning web series. In fact, all three seasons were regarded as “Outstanding Animated Programs”.

Number 07.

Despite making his first appearance in the second episode, Captain Fordo wasn't named until featuring in an article included in Star Wars Insider 84, which was labelled “Guide to the Grand Army of the Republic”.

Number 08.

Originally, Chapter 20 was set to have Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi face off against bounty hunter Durge. That was changed, however, when George Lucas requested the debut of General Grievous instead.

Number 09.

When Grievous was introduced into Star Wars: Clone Wars, his Episode III voice actor was still to be cast. So to somewhat account for the difference in pitch and tone between the two iterations, Lucasfilm had Mace Windu crush the cyborg's lungs in the final episode.

And, last but not least...

Number 10.

Anthony Daniels was the only actor from any of the Star Wars movies to reprise his role. The other prominent characters were mostly voiced by members of the LucasArts video game family.

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