Star Wars Series Hits Cartoon Network

Star Wars: Clone Wars, a series of animated shorts featuring the epic battles often mentioned but never seen in the Star Wars films, is being prepped for its fall premiere on the Cartoon Network.

The first installment in the series, a collaboration between the AOL Time Warner-owned cable net and Lucasfilm, was previewed earlier this month at the Television Critics Association meeting, and buzz is building online for the ‘toons, which are being helmed by Genndy Tartakovsky of Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory fame.

Each Clone Wars adventure will run two-to-three minutes and focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and their cohorts as they lead the Galactic Republic against evil armies of cloned troopers created by the Separatists. Put together, the strip tells one continuous story and includes tangents into minor characters’ stories as well.

Clone Wars is expected to debut November 9 and each episode will arrive at regularly scheduled intervals.

She says network programmers are discussing various options for how to roll out the ‘toons, but the likeliest scenario will see the cable channel present the first 10 episodes in the fall and another 10 in the spring.

The Cartoon Network is also talking with Lucasfilm about extending their partnership to include the possibility of creating a stand-alone Star Wars animated series.


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