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'''''Star Wars: The Clone Wars''''' is a 2008 CGI space opera film directed by Dave Filoni and written by Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching and Scott Murphy. It was produced by Lucasfilm Ltd. and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film acts as a lead-in to [[mh:besttvshows:Star Wars: The Clone Wars|the TV series of the same name}}. The film premiered on August 10, 2008, at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, followed by a wide release in Australia on August 14 and in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom the next day.
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'''''Star Wars: The Clone Wars''''' is a 2008 CGI space opera film directed by Dave Filoni and written by Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching and Scott Murphy. It was produced by Lucasfilm Ltd. and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film acts as a lead-in to ''[[mh:besttvshows:Star Wars: The Clone Wars|the TV series of the same name]]''. The film premiered on August 10, 2008, at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, followed by a wide release in Australia on August 14 and in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom the next day.
   
 
(Not to be confused with the Clone Wars show, which is widely considered to be great.)
 
(Not to be confused with the Clone Wars show, which is widely considered to be great.)

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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"A long time ago in a galaxy where we all have to start from somewhere..."
Genre: Adventure
Animated
Science-Fiction
Space Opera
Directed By: Dave Filoni
Produced By: Catherine Winder
Written By: Henry Gilroy
Steven Melching
Scott Murphy
Based On: Star Wars
by George Lucas
Starring: Matt Lanter
Ashley Eckstein
James Arnold Taylor
Tom Kane
Dee Bradley Baker
Christopher Lee
Samuel L. Jackson
Anthony Daniels
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: August 15, 2008
Runtime: 98 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $8.5 million
Box Office: $68.3 million
Franchise: Star Wars
Prequel: Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (chronologically)
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (by release)
Sequel: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (chronologically)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (by release)


"Gear up for a movie based on a vague reference to something Mark Hamill said in 1977!"

Honest Trailers

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a 2008 CGI space opera film directed by Dave Filoni and written by Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching and Scott Murphy. It was produced by Lucasfilm Ltd. and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film acts as a lead-in to the TV series of the same name. The film premiered on August 10, 2008, at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, followed by a wide release in Australia on August 14 and in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom the next day.

(Not to be confused with the Clone Wars show, which is widely considered to be great.)

Plot

Three years before the events of Revenge of the Sith, as more and more star systems get swept into the Clone Wars, the valiant Jedi knights struggle to maintain order. Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan learner Ahsoka Tano embark on a mission that brings them face-to-face with the notorious crime lord Jabba the Hutt. Plotting against them are the evil Count Dooku and his apprentice, Asajj Ventress, who will stop at nothing to ensure that the two Jedi fail. Meanwhile, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi lead the Galactic Republic's clone army against the Confederacy of Independent Systems' droid forces.

Why It Sucks

  1. A Clone Wars film was a good idea on paper, but this film is actually edited from what was supposed to be four episodes of The Clone Wars animated series ("The New Padawan", "Castle of Deception," "Castle of Doom" and "Castle of Salvation"). George Lucas himself even said it was "almost an afterthought".
  2. Very weak plot that seems more appropriate for a family film than a serious space opera, despite having a surprisingly high body-count.
  3. Its runtime (98 minutes) is way too short.
  4. Some unintentionally creepy moments, such as the scene where Anakin and Ahsoka silently smile at each other for an inordinate amount of time aboard a gunship.
  5. Very lazy cinematography that makes it feel more like a direct-to-video film or a made-for-TV movie.
  6. The lightsaber duels are pretty dull, especially when compared to the fast-paced action of the Prequel Trilogy.
  7. Lousy attempts at humor, most of which come off very forced and childish.
  8. Repetitive battle scenes that lack tension.
  9. Mediocre animation that hasn't aged well (which was also a problem that plagued the show's first season).
  10. Ahsoka was an annoying character in this film. (Although in the series, she is far more likeable)

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The soundtrack is pretty good.
  2. Great voice acting, with Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu), Christopher Lee (Count Dooku), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Matthew Wood (Battle Droids) even reprising their roles from the movies.
    • James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Tom Kane (Yoda) also reprise their roles from the 2003 Clone Wars microseries, as in the series.
  3. The Battle of Christophsis and the assault on the Teth monastery are the best parts of this movie.
  4. It introduced fan-favorites Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex.
  5. The TV show it spawned is far better than the movie.

Reception

Star Wars: The Clone Wars received mostly unfavorable reviews from critics and viewers upon its release, with reviewers panning the writing, animation, tone, dialogue and the decision to release the pilot episodes as a feature-length film. It holds a 18% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 169 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Mechanical animation and a less-than-stellar script make The Clone Wars a pale shadow of George Lucas' once great franchise." This constituted the lowest Rotten Tomatoes rating of any Star Wars film.

Metacritic scores the film a 35/100 indicating "generally unfavorable reviews", while IMDB scores a film a 5.9/10 rating.

Trivia

  • This was the first Star Wars film not to be distributed by 20th Century Fox.
  • This was the shortest Star Wars film, at only 98 minutes long instead of the usual 2 hours.
  • It is also the only theatrical Star Wars film to not be in live-action.
  • Lucas himself said he was inspired to make the movie while reviewing footage from the show.

Comments


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Master Chief

21 months ago
Score 3
Why did this need to be a theatrical movie? It would have been way better off as a TV movie or a straight to DVD feature!
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Maxkatzur

20 months ago
Score 2

The bad news are: I enjoyed it. Heck, not gonna lie, despite the film being bad, it spawned the wildly popular TV show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Speaking of the TV shows itself, it was my favorite more than this film. I even watched it as a kid, back then in my Cartoon Network years (2010-2012 CE), along with Angelo Rules!, Amazing Misadventures of Flapjack, Ben 10 (plus the Alien Force), Bakugan, and even Inazuma Eleven.
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K20000306

17 months ago
Score 0
Point 3... That movie ain’t family film. I recalled there are a lot of body counts in that movie.
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TheMediaLover

15 months ago
Score 0
We need to add the TV show this spawned to Best TV Shows Wiki.
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ItMeansNothing

15 months ago
Score -6
I disagree.
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Trevor807

15 months ago
Score 6
Well, Wage, I'd say it's your opinion.
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ItMeansNothing

15 months ago
Score 0
I made a sandbox on TTVS, but declared it unofficial.
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TheMediaLover

15 months ago
Score 0
In fact, I started making a sandbox on BTVSW, and I stand by Trevor on this one.
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Dino-Mario

15 months ago
Score 0
Indeed. I mean, TCW got a rocky start with this movie but it got better as it advanced and is now fondly remembered as the project that redeemed the Prequel films in the eyes of many people. Definitely deserves a spot.
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Master Chief

11 months ago
Score 0
Yeah, it should.
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Hiatt Grey

11 months ago
Score 2
I love the Prequel trilogy and I kinda love this movie in fact, because it spawned one of the greatest shows in history.
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Peter Parker

5 months ago
Score 0
This makes the sequel trilogy look like The Godfather Trilogy!
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LordOfSpaghetti

2 months ago
Score 0

The Logo looks like you should read it like this:

"Star The Clone Wars Wars"
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MinecraftDogCats

one month ago
Score 0
It's still better than the Sequel Trilogy
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Splinter

18 days ago
Score 0
The movie is lucky the TV show it spawned is actually great.

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