We didn’t know what to make of you at first, but you grew up into some of the best Star Wars ever put to screen.
Twelve years ago an animated Star Wars movie hit theaters. It introduced a Padawan for Anakin that was never mentioned during Revenge of the Sith, and fans weren’t quite sure what to make of this CG animated version of The Clone Wars, especially after the Clone Wars micro-series was so well received prior to the release of Episode III in theaters. And if you thought it was strange to see Star Wars movies without the Fox logo on the digital releases, imagine how fans felt seeing the Warner Brothers logo before one.
But this animated series that some dismissed as just a kids show due to the focus on Anakin’s Padawan Ahsoka, quickly blasted those ideas with a hyperlaser. The series, set in the years between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, was telling the story of a war that changed the Star Wars galaxy forever. A war that required it to get downright dark and definitely not kid-friendly in the later seasons.
It laid the groundwork for fan favorites such as Rogue One, Rebels, and Solo: A Star Wars Story by introducing characters and setting others up for their places in those movies and shows. Saw in Rogue One was created in The Clone Wars, an animated series, and then brought into live action. Those who didn’t watch The Clone Wars would have no idea how Darth Maul appears alive at the end of Solo. And the Rebels animated series continues Ahsoka’s story, which definitely still isn’t over.
Ever since Obi-Wan talked to Luke about The Clone Wars in A New Hope, Star Wars fans have wondered what that war was about. In the movies we got to see the beginning and end of it, but The Clone Wars told the whole story. Those fans who questioned why Anakin had a Padawan we never heard about in Revenge of the Sith got the answer to that complaint, and it’s one of the best stories in all of Star Wars. One that makes Vader and even better character than before, and one that introduced a new character we’ll be seeing a lot more of in the future. The Clone Wars is an integral part of Star Wars canon.
With the Seige of Mandalore complete and we see how Ahsoka’s story tied into Revenge of the Sith, The Clone Wars has ended. But Star Wars fans are eternally thankful for Dave Filoni and crew for delivering one of the greatest Star Wars stories ever. Geroge picked his Padawan well, and with Dave being involved with the future of the franchise; fans have a lot of great Star Wars to look forward to. And it all started with a little cartoon that many weren’t sure about in the beginning.