Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)



Critic Consensus: Mechanical animation and a less-than stellar script make The Clone Wars a pale shadow of George Lucas' once great franchise.

Movie Info

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" showcases an entirely new look and feel to the galaxy far, far away--combining the expansive scope of the "Star Wars" Saga with state-of-the-art computer-generated animation. On the front lines of an intergalactic struggle between good and evil, fans young and old will join such favorite characters as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, along with brand-new heroes like Anakin's padawan learner, Ahsoka. Sinister villains--led by Palpatine, Count Dooku … More

Rating: PG (for sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary smoking)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, Scott Murphy, Steve Melching
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 11, 2008
Box Office: $35.1M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Anakin Skywalker

as Ahsoka Tano

as Obi-Wan Kenobi

as Padme Amidala

as Yoda

as Count Dooku

as Asajj Ventress

as Palpatine

as General Grievous

as Ziro the Hutt

as Jabba the Hut

as Rotta the Huttlet

as Ahsoka Tano

as Luke Skywalker

as Han Solo

as Princess Leia

as Grand Moff Tarkin

as Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi

as R2-D2

as Chewbacca

as Darth Vader

as Uncle Owen Lars

as Aunt Beru Lars

as Chief Jawa

as Gen. Willard

as Gen. Taggi

as Red Four (John "D")

as Red Leader

as Gold Two

as Gold Five

as Red Three (Biggs)

as Red Six (Porkins)

as Darth Vader

as Red Two (Wedge)

as Gold Leader

as Gen. Dodonna

as Commander No. 1, Com...

as Officer in Detention...
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: The Clone Wars

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (34)

It moves fast, conquers armies, kicks into hyperspace and spits out idiotic quips with unapologetic cartoon brio.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

The visuals are worthy, but the big screen brings the movie's script shortcomings and pacing problems into sharper relief.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

I cannot accept that this is a Star Wars movie.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

It's a film of many firsts, but few of them positive: for the first time in history, we have a Star Wars film that you won't love or hate, but one about which you just won't care less either way.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

A complete gas to more open-minded fans, and assured catnip to children. The occasional sexually-ambiguous Hutt or sassmouthed, premenstrual Jedi aside, it's an exciting picture and a tempting commencement for the TV series.

Full Review… | June 2, 2010

70 percent action, 5 percent exposition and 24 percent forced banter ... that's just 1 percent left over for committee meetings and C-Span-worthy parliamentary maneuvering -- proceedings that have so fascinated George Lucas in the past.

Full Review… | December 24, 2009
Florida Times-Union

Audience Reviews for Star Wars: The Clone Wars

This movie made my daughter laugh and giggle and had a great time watching it. far more than some disney flicks. They targeted this for kids and they hit their mark. As a huge star wars fan I enjoyed the fact they reached out to my 7 year old.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Well, it looks as if George Lucas really has sold Star Wars for the sake of making money off as merchandising. This movie shouldn't have even been released for theaters, it should have just been a special on Cartoon Network. (I'm pretty sure that channel has been declining ever since they got rid of Dexter's Laboratory and Ed, Edd n Eddy.) I couldn't even follow the plot. It had something to do with Jabba the Hutt and his little bastard of a son. That thread even relates to trade routes in the galaxy. So in other words, Jabba the Hutt, the evil and vile space crime lord, needs his son in order to access trade routes for the Jedi. Doesn't that sound like a fun plot?

Tyler Robertson
Tyler Robertson

Super Reviewer

Star Wars is one of the most well revered Sci-fi films of all time and one of the most well known film series of all time. So the idea of another film seemed like a good idea to expand more on Star Wars history and marketing, but how does this animated pre-prequel hold up.

Star Wars Clone Wars takes place in between after Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones and before Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith, when Anakin is a new Jedi Knight and has been given a new Padawan named Ahsoka Tano by Master Yoda. While this happens, Jabba the hutts son was kidnapped and the Jedi are being framed by Dooku and his assassin Ventress for the kidnap.

To think they got rid of Hayden Christensen, Ewan Mcgregor, and Frank Oz was a bit of a disappointment to me in this film, but overall, these new actors did decent jobs, Tom Kane did a surprisingly good Yoda and Nika Futterman did a creepily good Ventress, and is hands down one of the creepiest star wars characters. Also the return of Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Daniels, and Christopher Lee were good surprises especially having Lee return as Dooku who is still just as good as he was in Episode II. But other than that, theres nothing really left to talk about about the voice actors except for they were decent renditions.

Now the animation is surprisingly decent for a film like this but the problem is that the animation does look stiff at times, but the animation looks incredible in the action scenes and they're close to being just as good as the prequels action, including the lightsaber battles and blaster fights, especially the beginning fight on Christophsis, and the music is very well done and sounds close to John Williams music and makes the battles feel just as grand and big.

I will admit doing an animated Star Wars film is a strange idea and only having a couple of the actors from the past films, I find kind of strange, and even now, I still find it kind of strange, but it is somewhat enjoyable, its a guilty pleasure to me. but it does drag on at a somewhat slow and boring pace. The film may not be fantastic and is definitely the worst of the Star Wars Saga, it did lead to something awesome.

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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