Star Wars: The Clone Wars – 5 Ways The TV Show Changed After The Movie’s Debut (& 5 Ways It Stayed The Same) – Screen Rant

There is no doubt that over the years, amongst the divisiveness and controversyStar Warshas created with the prequel and sequel trilogy, thatThe Clone Warsseries acted as a universal success and beloved entity of the fantastic franchise. However, to say it had a rocky start is an understatement.

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While the series itself was gold, the movie that came just before it, acting as an introduction, was critically panned and criticized far and wide by audiences. A lot aboutThe Clone Warschanged after the release of the movie in 2008, but just because the film was a quality flop, does not mean everything changed.

George Lucas had initially attempted to get a lot of the big movie actors to reprise their role for the movie, only a few did.

Those were Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu) Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) Christopher Lee (Count Dooku) and Matthew Wood (General Grievous). After the movie, neither Samuel L. Jackson or Christopher Lee reprised their role for the series.

The majority of the cast, however, did keep their voice roles in both the movie and in the series.

The magnificent mainstays of the cast James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi,) Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker,) Dee Bradley Baker (the clones,) and Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) all kept their roles throughout the series. So too did regulars Catherine Taber (Padm Amidala,) Ian Abercrombie (Palpatine,) Tom Kane (Yoda,) and Nika Futterman (Asajj Ventress.)

InThe Clone Warsmovie, we get introduced to Rex and the clones, but not really on a deep level. This very much changes.

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The clones and their characters get very much explored on a deep level as individuals, as all different beings who matter, not just copy and pasted soldiers.

The movie kicks off some of the best friendships inStar Warsin the form of Anakin and Ahsoka, and Ahsoka and Rex, as well as Anakin and Rex.

These relationships are kept in place and grow throughout the series. On top of that, we get more Obi-Wan and Anakin, which, again, grows as the series progresses.

One of the bigClone Warsstaples missing from the movie is the classic morals, which can be seen at the start of each episode before the Siege of Mandalore.

The morals are fantastic, and more often than not, always line up perfectly with what goes on in the movie itself in terms of theme and nuance, and even sometimes much more on the nose.

Alongside the morals, a mainstay of the series is the classic voice of Admiral Yularen, giving an introduction to the episodes - except for the last three of the Siege of Mandalore.

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Unlike the morals, though, Yularen's introductions started in the movie as Tom Kane's voice guides us through what is going on when we jump into the movie.

When the movie was released, there were many unanimous criticisms such as dialogue and its very childlike nature, but another was the character of Ahsoka Tano.

She was labeled as bratty, whiny, annoying, and was very unpopular, but that all changed with the series. Since then, Ahsoka has become one of the bestStar Warscharacters of all time, as well as one of the most beloved.

One of the best things aboutThe Clone Warsas a whole is the music, which so often, and so wonderfully pays homage to John Williams, and incorporates those iconic themes with the show'sdistinctflavor and personality.

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This is all down to Kevin Kiner, who not only composed the music for the movie, but also for the series, and then later,Star Wars: Rebels. Fans hope he will get his own feature live-action project soon and will be brought back for the future animated series.

This is something that just changed drastically from film to series, to the point where the two feel detached from each other.

The series is far from perfect with every single episode, but even those episodes that suck, that are filler, that is unpopular, they are likely better and more fondly thought of than the utterly forgettable movie. The writing, animation, action, emotion, everything improved from a qualitative standpoint.

The heir apparent to the throne ofStar Wars, George Lucas' mentee Dave Filoni acted as director for the film, and since that point has become a deity in the minds of fans with his work on the series and inRebels.

His writing, direction, and supervision helped guide the series to its famed nature, and Filoni's work as a whole on his two series have led many to lobby for him to get a live-action movieand a far more prominent position in Lucasfilm.

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Rhys McGinley is a simple man just trying to make his way in the universe as a cinephile, and all-round nerd from Glasgow, Scotland, who has been writing his whole life. Now writing for Screen Rant, CBR, and TheGamer, Rhys has a deep passion for all things Star Wars and various comic-based properties, sitcoms, as well as an affection for all genres of film.

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