Star Wars: The Clone Wars

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Some decent messages wrapped up in the Force.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 45 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 98 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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
Language
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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 year old Written bywennie May 8, 2010

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 th... Continue reading
Adult Written byGregory Nelson January 29, 2016

The Best Star Wars TV Spinoff of All Time, but got cancelled due to Disney putting up mediocre Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars: The Clone Wars was and still is the greatest TV spinoff of Star Wars ever to be made, it had so many awesome components. The graphics were outstandin... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bygiggity goo guy March 18, 2011

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 ove... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byclone4-55 January 2, 2010

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... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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