Following the success of the animated interstitial series, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Cartoon Network will present an all-new Clone Wars mini-series to air over five nights beginning March 21. Like the first series, the new installments will be directed, co-written and exec. produced by award-winning animator Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory).
While the original Clone Wars episodes were just three minutes long, each entry in the new mini-series will run 12 minutes for grand total of one hour. The project will serve to help build excitement for the long-awaited debut of Star Wars: Episode III, which is scheduled to hit theaters on May 19, 2005.
Howard Roffman, president of Lucas Licensing, comments, "We were really impressed with the quality of the animation and the storytelling abilities that Cartoon Network and Genndy brought to the first Star Wars: Clone Wars episodes, and clearly viewers were, too, because the feedback we received about the micro-series was fantastic. This new mini-series will bring even more depth and excitement to the story of the Clone Wars and will lead viewers right into the adventures of Star Wars: Episode III.”
Star Wars: Clone Wars, the first animated property starring central characters of the Star Wars saga, is produced at Cartoon Network Studios by a team led by Tartakovsky. The first 20 chapters picked up where Star Wars: Episode II–Attack of the Clones left off as Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, Mace Windu and Anakin Skywalker continue to battle against a vast uprising spearheaded by the Separatists and their massive droid armies.
General Grevous, the newest Star Wars villain, will play a pivotal role in Star Wars: Episode III. The new Clone Wars mini-series promises to expand his part as military leader of all the Separatist armies.