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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 and General Grievous--are poised to rule the galaxy. Stakes are high, and the fate of the Star Wars universe rests in the hands of the daring Jedi Knights. Their exploits lead to the action-packed battles and astonishing new revelations that fill "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."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


Matt Lanter
as Anakin Skywalker
Ashley Drane
as Ahsoka Tano
James Arnold Taylor
as Obi-Wan Kenobi
Catherine Taber
as Padme Amidala
Christopher Lee
as Count Dooku
Nika Futterman
as Asajj Ventress
Ian Abercrombie
as Palpatine
Matthew Wood
as General Grievous
Corey Burton
as Ziro the Hutt
David Acord
as Rotta the Huttlet
Ashley Eckstein
as Ahsoka Tano
Mark Hamill
as Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford
as Han Solo
Carrie Fisher
as Princess Leia
Peter Cushing
as Grand Moff Tarkin
Alec Guinness
as Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi
Peter Mayhew
as Chewbacca
David Prowse
as Darth Vader
Phil Brown
as Uncle Owen Lars
Shelagh Fraser
as Aunt Beru Lars
Jack Purvis
as Chief Jawa
Eddie Byrne
as Gen. Willard
Don Henderson
as Gen. Taggi
Jack Klaff
as Red Four (John "D")
Drewe Henley
as Red Leader
Jeremy Sinden
as Gold Two
Graham Ashley
as Gold Five
Garick Hagon
as Red Three (Biggs)
William Hootkins
as Red Six (Porkins)
James Earl Jones
as Darth Vader
Denis Lawson
as Red Two (Wedge)
Angus MacInnes
as Gold Leader
Alex McCrindle
as Gen. Dodonna
Leslie Schofield
as Commander No. 1, Com...
Malcolm Tierney
as Officer in Detention...
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: The Clone Wars

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (34)

Despite some absolutely gorgeous animation and adjusting expectations for what Clone Wars is meant to be, the Force is not strong with this one.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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

With Clone Wars, Lucas continues to plunder the past of his own imagination at a great cost: the integrity and magic of his original Star Wars trilogy.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
Chicago Daily Herald

Star Wars fans will want to see this, if only to discuss its failings, but I can't see it having a wide appeal at the cinema.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
Birmingham Mail

I cannot accept that this is a Star Wars movie.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

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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