Monday, March 11, 2013

Disney is ending the Clone Wars cartoon, and "postponing" Detours

Lucasfilm Animation:

After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we feel the time has come to wind down the series. While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we're continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content. In the video below, Supervising Director Dave Filoni offers a peek of what is to come in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. 
At Star Wars Celebration VI last year, George Lucas gave fans a glimpse at the animated comedy series Star Wars Detours from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes. Detours was conceived and produced before we decided to move forward with the new Star Wars trilogy, and in the wake of that decision, Lucasfilm has reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense. As a result, we've decided to postpone the release of Detours until a later date.
I know Disney says Lucas will have a major role in plotting and overseeing the new Star Wars movies, but the reality is that they're swiftly killing off his projects one by one.


  1. I like the series. It's not always the greatest, but the lightsaber battles are fun. And it's cool to see some of the tactics used for space battles. I agree that the series hasn't created any memorable vehicles, but the depth of storytelling and intrigue keeps me interested. But as a fan of Karen Traviss's books I am still completely clueless as to how the depiction of Mandalore is congruent with both the series and her novels. I'll be sad to see it go but look forward to NEW Star Wars series'. Also, that "Detours" project sounded awful.

    1. I loved her books in the legacy of the force series

  2. I suspect Disney is winding down Clone Wars for a couple of reasons--1) they don't want any new SW properties airing leading up to the first new movie (because it might confuse younger/new fans), and 2) they want to bring animated in-house and get something developed to come right on the heels of the new movie. They will almost certainly do a new animated series based on whatever characters/settings are found in the new movie--that's money in the bank for them.

    But yes, they're killing Lucas's projects, and I'm actually ok with that for the moment. Detours was a dreadful idea. Clone Wars seemed at its best when he let the production crew do their own plot lines.

  3. Don't forget that Clone Wars airs on Cartoon Network, Disney XD's biggest competitor for kids' eyeballs on cable TV. Killing it now means no more freeride for CN and the Mouse can can launch whatever the next animated Star Wars show will be on its own network.