Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) Poster


First Star Wars movie since Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi (1983) to feature an in-cockpit view of the jump to Hyperspace. George Lucas purposely did not use this iconic shot in any of the prequels so as not to lessen the impact of seeing it for the first time in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) (assuming one watches the films in chronological order).
The first "Star Wars" film without Frank Oz providing the voice of Yoda. Tom Kane provides the voice.
Christopher Lee (Count Dooku), Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) are the only actors to reprise their roles from the live action "Star Wars" film series.
When Ahsoka is addressing the clones in the hanger bay a pink droid is standing next to R2-D2. This droid's name is R2-KT and was included as a way to honor the work of the 501st Legion (an international group of Star Wars costumers who perform countless hours of volunteer work for many charities). The droid was created in the memory of Katie Johnson (daughter of the 501st Legion's founder Albin Johnson) who died of cancer at the young age of 7. Some of the costumer's built a pink R2 (dubbed R2-KT) for Katie to provide her comfort in the last days of her life. This was to reflect the scene in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) when R2-D2 watches over Padme while she slept at night.
This film is comprised of 4 episodes that were originally produced for the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008). Had they been shown as separate episodes, they would have had the following titles:
  • 'The New Padawan', directed by Brian O'Connell, production number 118, Jedi fortune cookie: "To teach is to learn twice";

  • 'Castle of Deception', directed by Dave Filoni, production number 101, Jedi fortune cookie: "The wise Jedi does not trust appearances....";

  • 'Castle of Doom', directed by George Samilski, production number 103, Jedi fortune cookie: "Nothing worth having is easily gained....";

  • 'Castle of Salvation', directed by Dave Bullock, production number 104, Jedi fortune cookie: "The confidence we have in ourselves can easily give birth to confidence in others."

The first animated 'Star Wars' feature film in theaters.
This is the first 'Star Wars' film not to open in the month of May.
Corey Burton had already recorded Count Dooku's lines before Christopher Lee joined the voice cast. Lee dubbed in the dialog to the already finished animation.
The animated version of Anakin Skywalker wears the same kind of neck and shoulder armor as Darth Vader.
At only 98 minutes run time, this is the shortest Star Wars film.
Shipped to some theaters under the name "Joan of Arc".
The DVD release date was set before the film was released theatrically.
Ziro the Hutt is based on Truman Capote. Designer Kilian Plunkett gave Ziro a symmetrical face, unlike Jabba, who has a droopy nostril. According to Plunkett, 'Ziro must have had work done'.
The ship Anakin takes from the landing platform on Teth is called The Twilight. It is an old Corellian G9 Rigger Freighter. Skywalker continues using the ship during the Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) series. Dave Filoni has stated that this finally gives some credit to Uncle Owen's claim that 'Luke's father was a navigator on a spice freighter' from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
The white headdress and traveling cloak Padme wears while visiting Ziro the Hutt was originally designed for Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) but never used on screen. Several behind the scenes pictures from the production in which Natalie Portman is seen wearing the headgear were released at the time.
Clone Captain Rex has a scar on his chin modeled after Harrison Ford's. The 'Jaig Eyes' symbol on his helmet was originally conceived by Joe Johnston as decoration for Boba Fett's helmet.
Dave Filoni originally proposed for Ahsoka Tano to be Obi-Wan Kenobi's new Padawan, but George Lucas insisted that she would be Anakin's apprentice.
In early story treatments, the kidnapped Huttlet Rotta was Ziro the Hutt's son instead of Jabba's, and none of the action took place on Tatooine.
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 opted for the name 'Rex' instead.
The first Star Wars movie to not be distributed by 20th Century Fox.
A clone gunship seen first in this movie and later in the TV series, called The Lucky Lekku, sports nose art paying homage to a series of pin up art on World War II bombers. The art most closely resembles the B-24M Bomber 'Night Mission' of the 30th Bomb Group, 819th Squadron.
WILHELM SCREAM: During the opening battle on Christophsis a Clone Trooper punches a droid and is then shot by another. He lets out the Wilhelm scream but it is cut short. The full scream is heard when another Clone Trooper gets shot by a Super Battle Droid at the B'Omarr monastery on Teth.
This is the first 'Star Wars' movie not to open number one at the box office opening weekend.
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This was the first Star Wars film to not have an introductory text-scroll during the title sequence. Instead the premise of the story is set up by an announcer's voice-over describing background scenes.
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James Arnold Taylor based the voice of the Twilight's Medical Droid on Jeff Goldblum.
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In original concept art, Ahsoka Tano was named Ashla, which is the name of the Youngling of the same species (Togruta) seen in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002). However, the link between these two characters was soon dropped.
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Ziro the Hutt's Coruscant palace is meant to look like 'Jabba's Palace slapped right onto the side of a Coruscant building.

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