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Parents' Guide to

Star Wars: Clone Wars

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Frantic, noisy 'toon shorts from Skywalker saga.

Movie NR 2003 69 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+

Is this a kid show?

I'm personally not a Star Wars fan, but I cannot believe this is a kid show. Yes, it's animated, but just all the gore and violence like electrocuting people or shooting them makes me say it's 10 and up. My kids have seen all the Star Wars movie and I think they're pretty mature, but if they were like 5 or 6, it would scare the crap out of them! Watching this is like continuously watching Order 66 in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Just why Lucasfilm, why?
age 8+

Gendy Tartakovsky At His Best

This show was done around the same time that Gendy Tartakovsky was doing work on Dexter’s Lab and the original Powerpuff Girls series. The animation style was so good that it’s the obvious inspiration for the eventual (and now finally getting it’s conclusion thanks to Disney+) Clone Wars series. There were a lot of holes filled in between Episodes 2 and 3 of the movies between these and the next Clone Wars series. All in all, definitely a watch for any true fan even if they’re not considered canonical anymore (at least I’m thinking they’re not).

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Star Wars: Clone Wars is animated with simplistic, clean-line art (it avoids looking like cheaply Xeroxed Saturday-morning stuff of yesteryear). It seems to have been made for viewers who thought the Star Wars series didn't deliver enough on the "wars" part of the title. The first set of adventures is practically nonstop combat and explosions. Boom! Whoosh! Whew! Titanic battles unfold between high-tech armies and space pilots, while good and evil knights duel one-on-one with light-sabers. Many of these setpieces are spectacular in concept and scope -- but pretty deadening in large doses.

The voiceover actors (nearly none of whom carried over from the movies) speak so infrequently you wonder if they were being paid by the word. Not until Vol. 2 do we get some actual dialog and relatively meaningful dramatic plotlines, with hints of ill-fated Annakin Skywalker's emotional turmoil as he ascends prematurely to the rank of Jedi, gives in to fits of violence and vengeance, and hides his taboo romance with Princess Padme Amidala. Viewers unfamiliar with the Star Wars universe (unlikely they'll even be watching) may be hopelessly confused about the reason for the wars, the clones, etc. But the young and the hardcore LucasFans will enjoy cameo appearances by many of the non-human creatures who flickered through the past features. Yes, there are wookiees. No, there is no Jar-Jar Binks.

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