The Clone Wars Panel Discussions

The first two panel discussions with The Clone Wars producer Catherine Winder and supervising director Dave Filoni have finished, and here’s a brief listing of what fans just witnessed:

First, an introduction to Winder and Filoni, with a great video short showing director Filoni wearing his scratch-built Plo Koon costume to the premiere of Episode III (before getting hired on at Lucasfilm).

Interview details:

  • When Filoni initially got the call from Winder to direct The Clone Wars, he thought it was a joke staged by his friends. Winder assured him it was not, and proved it by letting him call her back on her Lucasfilm line.
  • Filoni got the job moments after his initial interview with Lucas. As a fan, he was just glad to meet Lucas and visit Skywalker Ranch just before the opening of Episode III.
  • Lucas is very involved with production – he is mostly focused on the story. He and Winder both work on the scripts with the writers.
  • The episodes will be 22 minutes long, so as a result, there is opportunity for a lot of character development. The tone of the series is based on that of Episode IV – in addition to action, there are also light moments and comedy.
  • In the new series, there will not be a “Justice League of Jedi” as Filoni puts it – the Jedi can’t do anything more than Luke, Mace, Qui-Gon, and Obi-Wan from the films. They can be vulnerable but are intelligent – they need to think themselves out of situations. It will show how war was a challenge for the Jedi to fight, and how the moral principles they clung to began to disintegrate.
  • According to Winder, it’s not being directed as an animated series, but more like live action in terms of its story and cinematography.

Clone Wars Panel

(Photo by Scott Ruether)

Filoni then walks the audience through a series of slides which showcase some of the sculpture designs for characters such as the clone trooper, Anakin, Obi-Wan, Count Dooku, and General Grievous. They will share some of the stylization from the 2-D animated series but also some of the reality from the filmed saga. Filoni describes the style as “leaner and more elegant.”


A video is shown which introduces much of the team at Lucasfilm Animation housed at Skywalker Ranch.

Q&A questions revealed:

  • Lucasfilm Animation had nothing to do with some 3-D animated stills recently “leaked” on the internet. They were fan-produced.
  • While continuity is being taken very seriously by the creators of the series, Lucas retains the right to make slight adjustments for the sake of the story. Filoni is extremely well-versed in Star Wars mythology and Expanded Universe, so rest assured it is in very good hands.
  • General Grievous will have a cough. When asked whether any of Grievous’ past will be revealed, the only response is, “You’ll be happy.” Filoni also says that when it comes to big legacy characters like Grievous, Lucas is consulted directly.
  • The series will debut in Fall 2008.
  • A lot of background characters – from the films and otherwise — will get to do a lot more.
  • The series is being produced in high-definition.

The audience was then treated to a preview trailer of The Clone Wars, which is currently available to view by all fans at the new! Click here to see the new Clone Wars trailer.

Stay tuned for a more comprehensive rundown of the The Clone Wars panels at Celebration IV!

13 Responses to The Clone Wars Panel Discussions

  1. General Tarfful says:

    Cool! Thanks, Pete.

    It’ll be interesting to see how it works within all the stuff that’s been established already in that era. While I absolutely understand that the writers want to be free to take it in new directions, and while I’m actually glad it’s a chance for Lucas to sort of put his definitive stamp of approval on the era, it’d still be great to at least see a couple scenes from the books and comics making the jump to TV.

  2. Thrawn says:

    Very good news. It’s nice to see that the EU taken seriously for this project.

  3. Tagne says:

    Is it possible to have the series of slides and the video that introduces the team at Lucasfilm Animation at the official site please?

    Thanks 🙂

  4. pvilmur says:

    Tarfful — My impression was that the EU will be taken very seriously and that there will only be occassional and minor variations from the EU canon. Filoni is unbelievably well-versed in EU lore — this truly could not be in better hands. I am sincerely excited about this animated series, and I’m not just saying that as a company man — I’ve seen two episodes now and I can say with certaintly that fans will NOT be disappointed!

    Tagne — I’d love to post those as well and will see about getting them up. I imagine the tour video will be easier to get clearance for than the actual slideshow, which reveals sculptures, etc.

  5. Darth Duster says:

    pvilmur, are there any plans to release the trailer in better quality, say as a hi-res QuickTime movie, on It really is a shame that this great video is only available in such a poor quality as it is right now.

    Thanks! 🙂

  6. Pete–thanks for the reply. You’re quite lucky to have gotten a look at the first couple episodes! Judging by what’s in the trailer, I’m quite sure I won’t be disappointed at all. 🙂

  7. Mark says:

    It’s probably been dealt with already, but does the new Clone Wars series conflict with the previous Cartoon Network series? I also thought that Revenge of the Sith closed the book on the Clone Wars.

  8. Rimma says:

    I’m interested in how this series will tie in with the previous one?

  9. Grey Jedi says:

    Nice costume, Dave. Now I can be smug about making the robes for the guy who is in charge of the Clone Wars series. LOL.

  10. freeman says:

    Curious if this will be a “do-over” of the previous Clone Wars animated series (which was brilliant) or something additional that tips its hat to the existing material. For example…if Grievous got his cough from Mace Windu, only moments before Anakin and Obi-Wan’s rescue attempt, why does he have a cough in this series.

    Obviously, continuity is a fluid thing and material needs to have a life of its own. Still, though, it seemed that the previous Clone Wars animation was pretty canonical stuff. Does this replace the previous series?

  11. Jeff Frost says:

    i just wanted to give Dave and Catherine a BIG THANK YOU! For signing my photos of you guy’s! Also, for video taping myself as well! Will I be on Or the Clone Wars DVD? Just wondering!

    Thanks, again!

    Jeff Frost

  12. LeOgAhEr says:

    I Love you girls


  13. naisioxerloro says:

    Good design, who make it?

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