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The chest piece that Anakin wears is the same design as the one he would later wear as Darth Vader.
Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks), Matthew Wood (General Grievous / Battle droids), Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn), Pernilla August (Shmi Skywalker) and Daniel Logan (Boba Fett) are the only actors to reprise their roles from the "Star Wars" film series. Peter Mayhew was also consulted concerning Chewbacca's body movement when the Wookiee made an appearance, but did not provide the voice.
In order to make the Clone Troopers sound like individuals, Dee Bradley Baker recorded every voice separately and gave each one a different inflection. He liked to write down a particular adjective for each one. For instance some sound a bit younger, others a bit more proper whereas another may sound like a bully or a grunt. During later seasons, he was able to record all the voices in the same take.
Clone Captain Rex has a scar on his chin modeled after Harrison Ford's.
Dave Filoni based the character of Ahsoka Tano on the mannerisms Carrie Fisher displayed as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Further more, she combines Anakin's brashness with Obi-Wan's measured judgment, reflecting the shift between the Republic and the oncoming Empire.
The first two and a half seasons were presented as an anthology, meaning the stories were not shown in chronological order but would jump around in the time-line. This was much like George Lucas previous television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992).
There were many unfinished episodes or 'story arcs' for the show, among them are:
  • A Four Part arc about Obi-Wan and Anakin on Utapau finding out about a secret weapons deal between the Sumi Weapons dealers and General Grevious, the weapon turns out to be a giant crystal, ones like it later go on to power the Death Star. The Episode titles are "A Death on Utapau", "In Search of the Crystal", "Crystal Crisis", and "The Big Bang". These episodes were uploaded to Star Wars.Com in September of 2014 and are free to watch on the website. The animation, however, is not finished.


  • A Four Episode story about Captain Rex teaming up with a group of mutant super soldier clones known as The Bad Batch, to go to Skako Minor and save a fallen comrade. The episodes are "The Bad Batch", "A Distant Echo", "On the Wings of Keeridaks" and "Unfinished Business". The premiered at a Star Wars convention in early 2015 and were released online soon afterward. Like the above arc, they are unfinished.


  • Another four episode story in which Darth Maul's followers free him from prison and a war breaks out between the masters of the dark side. These episodes are "The Enemy of my Enemy", "A Tale of Two Apprentices", "Proxy War", and "Showdown on Dathomir", all four episodes were released in comic book form as Darth Maul" Son of Dathomir


  • An Eight Episode arc about Quinlan Vos teaming up with Asajj Ventress to assassinate Count Dooku, only to fall in love with her and become dangerously close to the dark side. The eight Episodes were ""Lethal Alliance", "The Mission", "Conspirators", Dark Disciple", "Saving Vos Part I", "Saving Vos Part II", "Traitor", and "The Path". These eight episodes were released in the novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple.


  • A "Top Gun Clone" arc that has Rex learn how to fly.


  • An arc that would have had Yoda and the Bad Batch team up with Wookiees to defend Kashyyyk. This Arc would have explored the friendship between Yoda and the Wookiees as well as exploring the Wookiee's connection and religious ties with the forest.


  • An arc about Padmé Amidala.


  • A 'creepy, disturbing episode arc inspired by The X-Files' arc was planned, possibly featuring the EU race The Yuuzhan Vong.


  • An arc about Ahsoka's life after leaving the Jedi, may have had her getting involved with the Pyke Spice trade to stop their criminal activities as well as being swindled by a crooked speeder salesman.


  • Another giant crystal arc that may have featured Depa Billaba.


  • A bounty hunter arc in which Boba Fett teams up with Cad Bane to save a girl from Sand People. This arc would have revealed that Cad Bane and Jango Fett knew each other.


  • An arc that would have had an injured Rex and R2 stranded behind enemy lines, working with a reprogrammed Super Battle Droid.


  • A return to Mon Cala arc that featured the return of Prince Lee-Char and the Separatist Quarren leader Tikkes as the antagonist. A sub-plot in the arc may have been Lee-Char not being very trusting towards the Republic anymore because of Ahsoka's trial.


  • Ahsoka teaming up with Anakin one more time to capture an escaped Barriss Ofee, although this is not confirmed.


  • An arc in which giant creatures from a hidden Sith Temple beneath the Jedi Temple surface and attack Coruscant. The Zillo Beast may have returned here.


  • Another Bounty Hunter story that may have been a jailbreak story, in which the bounty hunters free the Separatist leaders and generals. Boba may have reclaimed the Slave 1 from Hondo.


  • An Arc in which Bo-Katan calls Ahsoka for help and she and those loyal to Mandalore team up against Darth Maul.


  • An episode arc that retells the events of the Battle of Coruscant.


  • An arc that would have told the events of Revenge of the Sith through Rex and Ahsoka's point of views.


It is an unwritten rule in films to have the good guys move from left to right and the bad guys right to left during battle scenes. The Clone Wars series, like Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) before it, shows the Republic Forces (the good guys) moving from right to left. This foreshadows the Clone Army becoming the Imperial army (the bad guys).
Hayden Christensen was interested in reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker. He, however, was not asked to return.
Guest voices George Takei and Simon Pegg are, of course, also veterans of the "rival" space series, Star Trek.
The series started the same year that the video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008) was released. Both this series and the game introduced an apprentice (Ashoka in the series and Starkiller in the game) to Anakin/Darth Vader. Both apprentices hold their lightsabers in the Shien reverse grip. The year Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (2010) was released both Starkiller's clone and Ashoka began dual wielding lightsabers. Sam Witwer voiced both Darth Maul on this series and Starkiller in the games, who also share several similarities.
Plo Koon is Director Dave Filoni's favorite character.
In 2014, the series alongside its sequel series Star Wars Rebels (2014) were made official Star Wars canon.
Dave Filoni and first season head writer Henry Gilroy had originally assumed that Obi-Wan and Anakin would only make occasional appearances on the show because most of their Clone Wars activities had already been told in printed work and in Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003). Instead, the main characters were to be a Twi'lek Jedi called Sendak and his Togruta apprentice Ashla (later to become Ahsoka) who fought piracy and mercenaries around the galaxy. They would team up with a Han Solo like smuggler called Cad, his mistress Lupé and their Gungan strongman Lunker. Another idea was to stick to a couple of recurring locations, not unlike the TV show Firefly (2002) and keep landscapes to a minimum for rendering and conceptualization reasons. However, they soon found out that George Lucas didn't intend to keep The Clone Wars small.
Captain Rex is based on Dark Horse comics ARC Trooper Alpha. But on realizing there were already three other characters who's name started with A (Anakin, Artoo and Ahsoka), George Lucas proposed the name 'Rex' instead.
Dave Filoni and George Lucas have both stated that the look of the characters is inspired by those from Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds (1965).
The series was done in a 2.4:1 aspect ratio, however it is cropped to 16:9 when it airs on Cartoon Network, so as to fill the entirety of a widescreen television set.
When Matt Lanter auditioned for the part of Anakin Skywalker, he was told he was up for the part of "Deak Starkiller". Director Dave Filoni and producer Catherine Winder then told him to play a combination of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
Asajj Ventress's mouth tattoos are identical to the mouth tattoos worn by Jerec in Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II (1997)
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Though the series has revisited several characters and plot points from the entire saga, Season 6 titled "The Lost Missions" used unresolved story elements from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) mainly order 66, the force ghost, and the mystery of Jedi Master Sifo Dyas.
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According to James Arnold Taylor, the producers encouraged him not to do a straightforward impression of Ewan McGregor. Instead, the voice he uses for Obi-Wan Kenobi is a mixture of McGregor and Alec Guinness.
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Season six was already in production when Lucasfilm's intellectual properties were purchased by Disney, who then cancelled the show. Thirteen episodes were planned, and four were partially completed (rendered in animatic form, along with with pre-recordings from the voice actors). These episodes eventually resumed and aired on Netflix in 2014. Unresolved storylines will continue in a project called The Clone Wars Legacy, which is comprised of novels and comic books.
The series was devised and set up to bridge the gap between "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)" and "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)" and details what went on during the Clone Wars during that 3 years.
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Ahsoka was originally supposed to have an Icelandic accent, but it was cut when the actor voicing the role, Ashley Eckstein, stated that she was not good at accents.
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The series is the follow up to the movie of the same name and acts as a sequel to Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003) but takes place within the series, specifically in between Star Wars: Clone Wars: Chapter 21 (2005) and Star Wars: Clone Wars: Chapter 22 (2005) .
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Nightsisters (#3.12), Monsters (#3.13) and Witches of the Mist (#3.14) was not the first appearances of the Nightsister Sith witches in the Star Wars universe. Their culture was first developed for in the 1994 novel "The Courtship of Leia" by Dave Wolverton. Subsequently the character of Charal from the 1985 spin-off film "Ewoks: The Battle for Endor" was identified as a Nightsister as well.
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The look of the character Pre Vizla was based on Max von Sydow, who later played Lor San Tekka in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
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The feature film Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), which the series continues on from, was originally planned to be four separate episodes of the first season entitled "The New Padawan", "Castle of Deception", "Castle of Doom" and "Castle of Salvation".
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According to Corey Burton, the voice he uses for Cad Bane is based on Lance Henriksen (who was originally considered for the role) and Peter Lorre.
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Disney Infinity 3.0, the latest installment in the very popular video game series, features a playset based on the tv series.
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Obi-Wan Kenobi has a somewhat "secret" relationship with the character Satine Kryze. Obi-Wan was originally played by Ewan McGregor in the prequel trilogy. Ewan McGregor also starred in Moulin Rouge in which he played a writer that has a "secret" relationship with a dancer (played by Nicole Kidman). That dancer's name is also Satine.
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The role of Palpatine was originally played by Ian Abercrombie until his death in 2012. Before Ian McDiarmid played the part in the films, the part was voiced by Clive Revill in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Revill and Abercrombie both appeared in a Star Trek series as well. They have also both played Alfred Pennyworth in a Batman adaptation.
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Hondo Ohnaka was described as "Han Solo, Captain Jack Sparrow and Boba Fett rolled into one". Keira Knightley, who played Elizabeth Swan in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, played Sabe, Queen Amidala's handmaiden in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace".
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Blue Shadow Virus (2009) reflected on the swine flu pandemic that occurred at that time.
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Katee Sackoff played a hard-nosed fighter in two science fiction television series: as Duchess Satine Kryze's rebellious sister Bo-Katan and also as Lt Kara "Starbuck" Thrace in the new Battlestar Galactica series.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Phil LaMarr (Senator Bail Organa), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Dee Bradley Baker (Rex, Wolffe and Gregor), Jim Cummings (Hondo Ohnaka), Sam Witwer (Darth Maul) and Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker) all reprise their Clone Wars characters on Star Wars Rebels (2014).
Though most of the unfinished story lines created for the seventh season was released online or made into novels and comic books, there was still a lot of unfinished story lines that was written down. Such stories included Ahsoka's journey in the criminal underworld of Coruscant, a Boba Fett and Cad Bane team up, Yoda helping the Wookies on the planet Kashyyyk and a showdown between Boba Fett and his bounty hunters against Count Dooku. This last scene turned out to be part of one of the two unfinished arcs starring Asajj Ventress that were adapted into the novel 'Dark Disciple'.
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Several characters from the movies guest star on the show such as Chewbacca, Greedo, Sy Snootles, and much more.
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