StarWars.com’s Dan Brooks recently spoke with supervising director Dave Filoni about the return of the fan-favorite animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and how he, like everyone else who followed the show, didn’t think it was going to happen.
Thankfully, the enthusiasm of the fans and the Lucasfilm crew helped make it happen.
“Their love of these characters and stories hasn’t diminished,” he said during the interview. “I actually think their voice has gotten louder as the years have gone by. It’s been very humbling to have their support and to have people continue to hashtag me, ‘#SaveTheCloneWars.'”
The much-beloved show is also the perfect way to bring an established audience over to Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, which is scheduled to begin in 2019.
“I think the variety of stories was a big part of [why the show resonated so much with people],” he continued. “You also can’t underestimate how important it was that so many people grew up with the show. Clone Wars was a piece of Star Wars that older fans might have, initially, not taken seriously because it was animated, but that wasn’t a barrier for kids. They loved the clones and identified with them. Ahsoka gave kids a character that was like them — someone their age that was experiencing life’s challenges and learning along the way. Plus, having a new episode each week really allowed us to explore what was going on with the new and legacy characters in a dynamic way, including Anakin and Obi-Wan.”
Ahsoka’s story is what pulled me in all those years ago and it’s been quite the experience following her journey from The Clone Wars to Star Wars Rebels. It’ll be exciting to watch the unfinished stories fleshed out as they were meant to be seen once 2019 comes around.
Until then, read the rest of the interview with Dave Filoni over at StarWars.com.