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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 and actress to reprise their roles from the Star Wars film franchise. 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.
Hayden Christensen was interested in reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker. He, however, was not asked to return.
In 2014, the series, alongside its sequel series Star Wars: Rebels (2014) were made official Star Wars canon.
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).
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 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.
Guest voices George Takei and Simon Pegg are, of course, also veterans of the rival space franchise, Star Trek.
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).
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 television 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.
Plo Koon is Director Dave Filoni's favorite character.
Though the series has revisited several characters and plot points from the entire saga, season six, titled "The Lost Missions", returned to 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, Qui Gon's visitation to Yoda and the mystery of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas.
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.
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.
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, R2-D2, 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 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 three years.
When Matt Lanter auditioned for the part of Anakin Skywalker, he was told he was up for the part of "Deak Starkiller". Dave Filoni and Producer Catherine Winder then told him to play a combination of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
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.
Ahsoka was originally supposed to have an Icelandic accent, but it was cut when the actress voicing the role, Ashley Eckstein, stated that she was not good at accents.
The look of the character Pre Vizla was based on Max von Sydow, who later played Lor San Tekka in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
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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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) .
The feature film Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), from which the series continues, was originally planned to be four separate episodes of the first season, titled "The New Padawan", "Castle of Deception", "Castle of Doom", and "Castle of Salvation".
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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 spin-off film Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985) was identified as a Nightsister as well.
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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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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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Obi-Wan Kenobi has a somewhat "secret" relationship with the character Satine Kryze. Obi-Wan was played by Ewan McGregor in the prequel trilogy. Ewan McGregor also starred in Moulin Rouge! (2001), 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.
Disney Infinity 3.0, the latest installment in the very popular video game series, features a playset based on the television series.
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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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The series was devised to detail the events of The Clone Wars that happened between Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
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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 franchise, played Sabé, Queen Amidala's handmaiden in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
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The planet Iego in Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Mystery of a Thousand Moons (2009) is a reference to Lego and a nod to the constructions toys. In 1999, The Lego Company acquired the rights and released Lego play-sets of the Star Wars saga. Incidentally, the character of Jaybo Hood (a mechanic) whom lives on Iego, reprogrammed Battle Droids to serve him.
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James Arnold Taylor and Terrence 'T.C.' Carson return from Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003) to voice Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu (respectively) in this sequel series.
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Katee Sackhoff played a hard-nosed fighter in two science fiction television series: as Duchess Satine Kryze's rebellious sister Bo-Katan in this series, and also as Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace in Battlestar Galactica (2004).
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Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Frank Oz and Temuera Morrison were not asked to return to provide the voices of their characters from the prequels. The only actors from the prequels whom return to provide the voices of their characters are Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Lee.
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Instead of a feature length pilot for the small screen, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) was released as a feature film for the big screen and Star Wars: The Clones Wars: Ambush (2008) was the first episode broadcast.
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In this series, Obi-Wan, Anakin Skywalker, and other Jedi knights lead the Clone troopers against Count Dooku and his army of Battle Droids. In the classic science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica (1978), Count Baltar (John Colicos) betrays humanity when he sides with the evil Cylon race. The Cylons are robots.
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The series depicts what on during the Clone Wars that occurred between Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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, however they were heavily abridged due to length issues, and only being given one issue per episode, so fights such as Darth Maul vs. Mace Windu and Aayla Secura, Count Dooku vs Obi-Wan and Tiplar, and Darth Maul vs. General Grievous were all heavily cut down and abridged.
  • 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, however a scene in which Boba Fett and other bounty hunters would fight Count Dooku was cut for unknown reasons but an unfinished clip was shown at Celebration Anaheim and can be found online.
  • Boba Fett, Cad Bane, Bossk, Embo, and more in a new bounty hunter arc inspired by The Searchers, with Bane observing Boba to finally resolve whether he or Jango was the better hunter. At Celebration Orlando in 2017 a clip from the arc was played, showing Boba, Bane, Bossk, Embo, Seripas, and Marrok in an empty town, Bane seems to be working for someone, holding an entire town hostage but Boba, Sugi, Seripas, and a new, unnamed Bounty Hunter, turned on them and tried to take them down. Sugi is hinted to have been killed by Embo and Bossk who in turn allow Boba to have a chance to shoot Bane, leading to a dramatic, western shoot out in which both Boba and Bane are shot, creating the dent in Boba's helmet and possibly killing Bane off. Boba also may have reclaimed the Slave 1 from Hondo.

-An arc about Ahsoka living after the Wrong Jedi Arc, including her getting swindled by a crooked salesman who sells her a broken used speeder. Filoni also hinted that Barriss Offee may have returned in this arc and the Pykes would have been heavily featured, but it's unknown how they would have been portrayed given their sympathetic portrayal in Dark Disciple. The arc would have revolved around her trying to learn how to survive out in the world outside the Jedi Temple, where she would have had a romantic relationship with a smuggler named Nix Okami and Kyle Newman , the director of Fanboys, would have appeared, voicing a Toong (one of Ben Quadrinaros' species).
  • There would've been an arc revolving around Yoda and the Bad Batch working with the Wookies, to fend off Separatists and Trandosian invaders. There would've been much more mysticism involved including exploring the Wookiee's religious ties to the forests and the Wookiee elders summoning tree gods to help them fight the invaders and a conflict between the Bad Batch and the Wookies. Also the Kinrath from Knights of the Old Republic would have appeared only to be slaughtered by the Wookiees, because Dave Filoni always found them annoying.
  • An arc that would have featured Anakin and Padme returning to Mon Cala and meeting up with Lee-Char, who no longer trusts the Republic after what happened to Ahsoka. The Separatist Quarren leader Tikkes would have been a major antagonist, having Nossor Ri assassinated. Padme would have also ridden a speeder bike at some point in the arc and would have focused on Padme losing her faith in the Republic, leading to the deleted sub-plot about the birth of the Rebellion in Revenge of the Sith. It's possible that the various traitorous senators such as Lott Dod would have been found out here.
  • The 2016 Celebration Europe reveals that this would involve Ahsoka joining forces with Anakin and Obi-Wan while attempting to rescue/protect Yoda from factions in the Coruscant underworld attempting to assassinate him. This arc would have revealed the existence of a Sith Temple buried beneath the Jedi Temple (a detail confirmed by the novel Tarkin) which contained giant creatures that nearly attacked the surface, and a pseudo-duel between Ahsoka and Darth Sidious. Granted, the duel mainly consisted of Ahsoka attempting to lock down a holocron vault using her lightsaber as a makeshift welding torch while Palpatine uses the lightsaber as a conduit through which to blast her with force lightning, but awesome nevertheless. And the fact that, per the word of Lucasfilm, is that all of the unreleased episode scripts are still canon.
  • Captain Rex had a story arc that was described as a 'Top Gun Clone Troopers' arc, which would involve him learning to fly an ARC-170, only to crash and become injured behind enemy lines with R2. It also would have focused on he and R2 working with a reprogrammed Super Battle Droid, which would be destroyed by the end of the arc and its death would effect Rex.
  • An arc that would've been an arc that was to be a creepy and disturbing story using Alien Abduction tropes, similar to the ones used in The X-Files, possibly a Halloween special arc. Only the abducting alien would be the now non-canon race, the Yuuzhan Vong. They would have been slightly different from the old EU, however, as they wouldn't have been immune to the Force, as George Lucas disliked that aspect of them.
  • The major one, the true series finale would have been "the Siege of Mandalore", continuously oft-referenced in Rebels. Ahsoka teams up with Bo-Katan and whatever Mandalorian loyalists remain of Death Watch, along with Korki and his friends, to retake Mandalore from Darth Maul once he returns after the events of Son of Dathomir. The Republic sends Anakin, Obi-Wan, and their respective clone units to lead the invasion to throw Maul off of Mandalore, this would have revealed that some Clone Troopers were fiercely loyal to Ahsoka, even painting her likeness on their helmets. But after the first episode of the arc, Yoda would have called them back to Coruscant to rescue Palpatine., as in Rebels state that she last saw Anakin running to save the Chancellor. Before they leave, Anakin has one last conversation with Ahsoka where he tells her how proud he is of her before giving her command of Rex and half of the 501st troopers under her command, all of whom bar Rex have painted their armor orange and white to match her facial markings in honor of her. Ahsoka would have dueled Darth Maul, and in some capacity, wins. When Order 66 goes down, the Clone Troopers pursuing her (except for Rex, who removed his control chip earlier on) are devoured by a "forest" of giant wolves. And the best part is that all of this (except maybe the wolves) is still canon.
  • Other ideas included a jailbreak story, in which Boba Fett and other bounty hunters free the imprisoned Separatist leaders and a retelling of the Battle of Coruscant.
Savage Opress, introduced in season three, is the only character in the Star Wars canon to have battled all four Lords of the Sith, having fought Count Dooku (Darth Tyranus) alongside Asajj Ventress, briefly sparred with Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) shortly after, momentarily challenged his brother, Darth Maul, and eventually being killed by Darth Sidious.
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 Original Trilogy guest star on the show, such as Chewbacca, Bossk, Dengar, Greedo, and Sy Snootles. There are also characters, such as Chancellor Valorum from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
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