Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Common Sense Media says

Some decent messages wrapped up in the Force.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The Jedi are constantly battling against the dark side to help justice and peace prevail. Yoda tries to suggest that violence isn't the best way to solve problems -- but at one point also forces the bad guys to shoot themselves. That said, he does also emphasize the value of a person's individual gifts. Some characters (like Jabba the Hutt) are unapologetic criminals.

Violence & scariness

There's a fair amount of shooting and things exploding, just like in the movies. But most of the things being shot are robots, and it's all animated. Characters are frequently in peril and often use weapons, mostly blasters and lightsabers.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The whole Star Wars franchise comes with a vast merchandising program and lots of toys and other products -- and this show is no exception.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids -- and Star Wars fans of all ages -- will be eager to check out this extension of the mega-hit franchise. It's much tamer and more age-appropriate for kids than the most recent live-action films, but there's still a fair amount of violence, from lightsaber battles to the typical shooting and explosions. And for all that Yoda preaches avoiding aggression, he can certainly do some intense damage when he's attacked. The whole galaxy is at war, so conflict and peril are frequent.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

The galaxy far, far away is under attack yet again. Or still. STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS tells additional stories from the earlier part of the Star Wars saga, before Anakin Skywalker (voiced by Matt Lanter) turns to the dark side. As the galaxy reels under the onslaught of the clone wars, bad guys Palpatine (Ian Abercrombie) and Count Dooku (Corey Burton) continue to wreak havoc, while heroes Anakin, Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor), Yoda (Tom Kane), padawan Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), and others do their best to thwart their plans.

Is it any good?

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While there's nothing particularly surprising about this show, it's fun overall, and the animation is beautiful. And kids even get some decent messages wrapped up in the Star Wars philosophy of the Force and staying focused on the right things: Yoda advises some clones (still good guys at the point he addresses them) that even if they all look alike, they each have individual gifts ... none of which involve blowing the bad guys to smithereens, even though that's the eventual result.

Bottom line? If you love Star Wars or are an animation aficionado, you'll love the show. If you aren't, you won't.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this series fits into the overall Star Wars story. Does it matter that you know Anakin's eventual fate? Does watching this show help fill in anything that you didn't know about in the movies? Families can also discuss whether watching this show makes kids want to buy tie-in toys and other products. Kids: Are pretend games more fun if you're playing with a toy figure or if you pretend to be the characters yourselves?

TV details

Cast:Ashley Eckstein, Ian Abercrombie, Matt Lanter
Networks:Cartoon Network, TNT
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written byclone4-55 January 2, 2010
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13
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awesome series!!!

i love this series, it's so awesome and finally a star wars with a lot of violence and action.
the people that think this series is for kids of age 6 ,7,8 or 10 or 11 are so wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the rating is TV-PG-V, the v stands for moderate violence
and georg lucas or dave filoni said him self that it's gonna be in the PG-13 style!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
for example in the episode hostage of crisis,
you see how a lot of people get a head shot from a sniper and a bounty hunter breaks somebody's neck, or in a other episode you see how somebody cuts the head off from a clone(human) and you see how the head is falling on the ground and rolling around with smoke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IT IS SO NOT RIGHT THAT MOST OF THE TIME ONLY ROBOTS GET SHOT, A LOT OF CLONES GET SHOT TOO!!!!!! AND YOU CAN ALWAYS HEAR THEIR DEATH CRIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i think the guys of this website didn't really see a lot of star wars the clone wars the series bacause their rating is so not right !!!
i think so.
take the PG rating serious , you really should.

thanks for reading my review

What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written bygiggity goo guy March 18, 2011
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12
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NOT FOR KIDS ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

look , i love this series i really do , but really people , do you really think children at the age of 8 could watch this , are you totally serious ?! think over again , just think .....................
season 1 of star wars the clone wars had some episodes that children could watch , i agree , but it also so had very dark and brutal moments , for example the episode "hostage crises" that episode was pretty intense in terms of VIOLENCE !!!!
and then on star wars the clone wars got more brutal !!!
(which i liked for sure ) season two has some really violent scenes like stabbings and characters were pierced by lightsabers from behind (including a human character).
now....SEASON 3 is the most violent season so far ......
some episodes should've actually been rated TV-14 , seriously ,just THINK about what you have seen so far !!!!
the violence gets pretty dark, ugly , hard and very,very intense .
this is a series FOR TEENS at the of age 13 and mostly 14 and up, it may have been not like this in some earlier episodes ,but now , i think , NO GO FOR KIDS !!!!!!
here in germany they've shown the series on a kids channel , but i mean really a KIDS channel , they've taken it of after the zombie episodes in season 2 , it was too INTENSE. it's showing on the german cartoon network channel at the moment but pretty late!!!

now i'd like to say something to the people that run the website and rated this series for kid of the age 8 and up.

i think you haven't seen a lot of star wars the clone wars , maybe just the first episode from season one !!!!
it's about time to CHANGE it !!!!!!!! dammit !!!
what the heck seriously ?!
well thanks for reading my review .

What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 7 year old Written bywennie May 8, 2010
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Too much adult stuff and violence for 12 and under.

Tthe show is entertaining but for older kids.There is too much vilolent killing for younger than probably even teens. I have always liked Star Wars but find this is getting boring The adult stuff like drinking , bar room or night club activity, and the sexy stuff are not approrpiate for ages less than 12. This season has dark characters that I do not want my kid thinking are normal or cool. Once you are a teen you have to know how to make good decisions on that stuff everyday. Parents need to really watch this for ages less than 12.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models

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