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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (CGI), Cartoon Network (seasons 1-5) / Netflix (season 6)
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In 2003, there was an animated microseries called Star Wars: Clone Wars. In 2008, there was a CGI movie called Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which serves as a lead-in to this new, full-length CGI series, which will apparently supercede the previous microseries. Like the microseries, this series covers the events between episodes 2 and 3 of the live-action movie series. Also, the 3-D character designs in this series are more or less based on the 2-D designs from the previous series.

The show may focus on different characters from week to week. Sometimes the focus is on Anakin Skywalker and his new padawan, Ahsoka Tano, who was introduced in the Clone Wars movie. We also get to know clone troopers better, including Captain Rex and Commander Cody. And we get to see familiar characters like Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, Padmé Amidala, R2-D2 and C-3PO, Count Dooku, Chancellor Palpatine, etc. And of course Asajj Ventress and General Grievous (both of whom were first introduced in the Clone Wars microseries). There are also plenty of battle droids, which tend to be pretty stupid, mostly serving as comic relief. (That gets a bit annoying at times.) Jar Jar Binks will even make an appearance, and I'm sure we'll also see lots of other characters who are familiar, as well as new ones. So, it's kind of nice to be able to have a variety of different stories...

Not sure what else to say right now, but I do like the animation, and it can be both funny and serious, and can have pretty cool action and whatnot. Sometimes it can even feel more like the original trilogy than the prequels (in whose time frame the show is set) ever did. And, I just look forward to seeing more of the series. Unfortunately, I lost access to Cartoon Network in June 2011, so I didn't see seasons 4 and 5. After that it was cancelled by Cartoon Network, but a sixth season aired on Netflix, which I also don't have. So I'll have to get those seasons on DVD, eventually. Meanwhile, there's a new series, "Star Wars Rebels" on Disney XD... which I don't have, so I have no idea when I'll be able to watch that series, either.


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