Cartoon Network to Air Star Wars Animated Shorts

Cartoon Network has partnered with Lucasfilm Ltd. to create Star Wars: Clone Wars, an interstitial series of 20 animated shorts that will begin airing this fall and continue into 2004.

Star Wars: Clone Wars picks up where the theatrical feature Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones left off as an epic civil war pits the Republic against the separatist movement led by the Dark Side. The two to three minute episodic shorts will introduce new characters in continuing the Jedi saga.

Clone Wars will be produced at Cartoon Network Studios by a team led by Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory. Word has it that George Lucas is a fan of Samurai Jack and would agree to an animated TV spin-off of the Star Wars franchise only if Tartakovsky were involved.

"Genndy Tartakovsky and the team at Cartoon Network are tops in their field," says Howard Roffman, president of Lucas Licensing. "Their work on Samurai Jack shows that they can tell an epic story in a unique way, lavishing equal attention on dramatic battle scenes as well as the dramatic development of the characters."

Cartoon Network’s creative team will work hand-in-hand with Lucasfilm in the venture. Keep reading Animation Magazine Online for further updates.