Lucasfilm Cancels “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”

In a statement on StarsWars.com, Lucasfilm and Disney announced today that “Lucasfilm has decided to pursue a new direction in animated programming.” Their first move is to cancel production of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars in anticipation of Episode 7. The show, directed by Dave Filoni, aired 108 episodes over five seasons on Cartoon Network. If I were a betting man, I’d wager that future Star Wars TV animation will appear on Disney-owned channels like Disney XD.

Lucasfilm said on StarWars.com that they are still producing “bonus content”:

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.

They also released this personal video message from the show’s director Dave Filoni:


  • http://twitter.com/stevenmatarazzo Steven Matarazzo

    Not sure how many episodes they have left to run. Would be smart if they kept the series going until at least 6-12 months before the film. I still have to catch up a lot with the series but the recent seasons have been very good.

  • Tron

    Disney XD: Where boys animation goes to die. RIP Clone Wars.

    • http://twitter.com/CartoonPalooza Joseph Patrick

      What about Avengers EMH?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Sullivan/100001833542564 Matt Sullivan

    Maybe they can bring STAR WARS production back to the US now.( Tv production that is )

  • Colleen Cox

    Wow – having studied animation in Singapore, I had buddies who went off to work for the Lucasfilm Singapore division, and Clone Wars was a primary project there … wonder what will happen to all the folks who work there – will they be placed on new projects, or will there be layoffs? Hmm …

    • anakinbrego

      The Singapore unit will probably work on the new show. They already are working on ILM related projects, feature films.

    • jackie_chan

      Clone wars laid off 40 people 6 months ago, rest were absorbed within other departments. SG closed down their CW division with that.

  • Shazbot

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  • Funkybat

    I find it interesting that the very first post in this thread got banned for being “Defamatory, rude, or unnecessarily antagonistic.”

    The 3D Clone Wars series seems to draw out very strong emotions from a lot of people, some love it, some love to hate it. I personally preferred the short, 2D animated Clone Wars bits directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and which originally aired between the release of Episodes 2 and 3. They looked sharp, were relatively light on dialogue and were timely as they came along before the events of Episode 3 were known to the fans.

    I’m kind of amazed the 3D series ran as long as it did, especially considering that they would (I assume) eventually run out of “time” before the story caught up with the events of Episode 3. I hope that they at least are able to bring the series to some kind of satisfying finale, I hate to see any show cancelled and not get a chance to have a “sendoff.”

    • AmidAmidi

      Funkybat- That’s not the first post on this thread. You were just viewing them from newest to oldest. You can choose your comment setting under the “Discussion” drop-down above.

  • Toonio

    And here comes Disney!

    Way to knock the competition out and send the fans a big flipping bird. A bit way too soon but hey it’s Disney who we are talking about here.

    Sure, they will put SW CW on whatever lame channels they own (take your pick, they are all crap) but the rest of us still have options.

    So not a big loss here. It’s just the consequence of poor anti-monopoly laws.

    • Sam Filstrup

      Unfortunately it was probably only a matter of time before it happened if Spiderman and the Avengers were any indication. Disney doesn’t seem fond of joint productions and seems to want there animation in house.

  • James Madison

    Sad to hear. I enjoyed the series (both 2D and CGI) moreso than the prequels.

    More than that I feel bad for any potential layoffs, as Colleen Cox already mentioned.

  • Pedro Nakama

    There ought to be clones…
    Well, maybe next year.

    • Hypermirage

      You’ve been sitting there WAITING for someone to cancel this show just so you could make this comment. You win.

  • Joseph_Hudak

    I’ve also greatly enjoyed the TV series, which has had some very good story arcs that beat out the prequels as far as I’m concerned. It started out kinda mediocre, but has improved in time. It’s really the only Star Wars-related media that’s kept me interested in the franchise presently.

    Also, anyone following the series is well-aware Season 5 ended on a serious, massive cliffhanger. The series would have to continue at least one more season, or at least end it on a special movie “finale” to wrap it up in a satisfactory manner, and I’m sure many fans or even casual viewers of the series feel the same way.

  • Natalie Belton

    I hope this doesn’t mean that more animators are being laid off…

    • anonymous

      It might not be clear from the phrasing “cancel production” but basically everyone at that division will be laid off in the near future. It’s not just animators, it’s concept artists, production staff, modelers, layout artists, support staff. I’m not sure why Amid wrote the article and didn’t tie in the running theme of large-scale layoffs (100+ people working full time, not mentioned in the press release), but that’s what happens when shows are cancelled. And if you check the press release Clone Wars is not the only show getting cancelled. The other project won’t see the light of day for years.

      • AmidAmidi

        TV shows don’t continue forever. For any number of reasons, dozens of shows end their runs or are cancelled every year, and as a result thousands of artists are laid off. Lucasfilm’s cancellation of the series is part of the natural cycle of TV production, and has nothing to do with a studio going bankrupt and being unable to pay its artists.

        • wallyballou

          TV shows don’t continue forever – except for The Simpsons.

          • http://twitter.com/BongBong BongBong

            It’ll still be playing long after the original voice actors have passed on. Bart will be a grade schooler for another 50 years.

  • Riu Tinubu

    But being replaced with a new Avengers animation.

    Cartoon Network however, cancels and sends thing to the black abyss.

  • Riu Tinubu

    A 108 episodes?

    They had a good run, a great run, they’ll be fine.

    • anonymous

      Who is “they” in this sentence? The Clones? I guarantee the people working there are not thrilled or optimistic about job hunting in this market. And Clone Wars is only one of the projects getting canned.

      • Riu Tinubu

        To work on a 108 episode series?

        THE WORKERS, had a good run.

        Things do indeed have to end sometime, and were living with an industry that cancels animated series after a twenty episode run. So yeah, this isn’t that heart breaking. Yes, they have to find new jobs, but for the people who worked here from the start? They haven’t had a terrible experience, quite the contrary actually. Looking for work is something animators and artists will always have to do – nothing is permanent.

      • steve.jobs

        thats actually true. The workers did have a good run. Lasted a cool 5 years to be precise. In the end, some 30 animators were laid off and a few production staff here and there.

  • Haruna

    They are cancelling not only this, but the “Detours” comedy series, the remaining 3D releases, and the next-gen SW game. Guess Disney/Abrams want to focus entirely on the upcoming films.

  • http://twitter.com/CartoonPalooza Joseph Patrick

    Not really. Avengers Assemble is going to continue from EMH. Therefore, it didn’t die.

  • HalPhillipWalker

    I enjoyed the series, but it wasn’t that great. I was mainly in it for the spaceship battles & light saber duels.

    It suffered because it was a prequel. There was never a lot of tension because we knew Kenobi, Anakin, Yoda, etc would never die, even if other characters did occasionally get killed.
    Maybe Disney, Abrams and whoever else works on this will realize that fans will always love the characters from the original trilogy more than any characters from prequels & the expanded universe.

  • Michel Van

    Could be that also another reason to shutdown ST: Clone Wars ?
    The series run exclusive on Cartoon network under Warner Brothers.
    Lucasfilm is now part of Disney company.
    So the new ST series would run exclusive only on Disney XD ?

  • MaskedManAICN

    “Don’t cry for me Argentina”
    He said, “we’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story”. Which is curious, is this to mean once Disney has sacked the non-Disney production studio and the non-Disney network board casting the show, then DISNEY will produce and air the next season of Clone Wars? “…will appear on Disney-owned channels…” I believe it does.

    Personally, I could never get into a show that featured a bunch of pointless clones.

  • Bellicose

    Like it or like ‘hating’ it, the most important part of any story is its conclusion. Disney took it away. ‘Clone Wars’ was meant to go one more final season. Disney undermined it. And with it, any meaningful closure.
    Anakin’s padawan was supposed to meet a dramatic end. Now the audience will be left to wonder.
    Thanks Disney.

  • http://twitter.com/BongBong BongBong

    I think the premise for all three prequels was misguided. Episodes I-III should’ve been about showing Anakin as the clever pilot and “good friend” he was supposed to be to Obi-Wan and have the entire portion where Anakin turns to the Dark Side remain a mystery. Show them as buddies involved in the Clone Wars, show them having to make tough decisions, possibly even show hints that Anakin could be cruel or unforgiving, but leave out his fight with Obi-Wan and what followed to be consistent with the “surprise” that Darth was Luke’s father.

    When I was a kid, I was convinced that Darth Vader and Luke’s father were enemies, and I had a suspicion that Obi-Wan (aka “OB-1″) was a clone of Ben Kenobi.