Credit Chris Amorim for Rebel Force Radio
Today came the news everyone hoped not to hear. Production of Clone Wars has stopped and Dave Filoni posted this video on starwars.com today as Lucasfilm Animation decides to “go in a new direction.”
Yes, we’ve been promised we will see the remaining episodes in some form or fashion but until they give us solid info, you have to remember that in Hollywood it really means “maybe.” It’s entirely feasible we’ll see this shown on t.v. as movies or in DVD/Blu-Ray sets. It’s also entirely feasible they will sit on the shelf forever and we’ll never see them except as bootlegs. I hope there will be an organized effort at some point to ensure those remaining episodes are seen the way they were meant to be seen. Because right now I don’t trust the suits at all.
My guess is that Disney is doing here what it did when it bought Marvel, canceling “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” so it could produce its own show in-house. The presser hints at new programs. If you ask me, the writing is on the wall that Lucasfilm Animation’s days are numbered; “Detours” got the boot too (I doubt it will ever see the light of day). Why keep a small, largely foreign based animation studio when you already employ scores of animators?
Props go to Rebel Force Radio and to Bryan Young at Big Shiny Robot for sounding the alarm and trying to save the show. I went from skeptic to backer real fast when I realized these people know folks who worked on the show and they were not kidding or overreacting. I think many fans simply believed it wasn’t going to happen and it was too late to make much of a concerted effort. We gave it a shot and perhaps it was our letters that might have influenced a vague promise to wrap up the show instead of pulling the plug outright.
Of course, we have to thank the whole Clone Wars crew and cast for doing a great show and for being great ambassadors to the fans. Not every episode was genius and sometimes they’ve let me down (let this be a lesson to you: Simon Pegg = bad karma). But at its best, Clone Wars was as good as anything in the films.
Believe me, I don’t want to bum people out. I am not writing this out of bitterness or cynicism. I’m upset because I care and I have cared about Star Wars almost my entire life. I can’t put on a fake smile and write something phony about keeping my eyes on the glorious future before us. Star Wars to me isn’t something that just makes money. I’m always open to new things but they also have to respect the house George built. As I just noted on the FB page, Disney has to earn my trust. Your trust too. They’re not owed trust because they hold the keys to the castle now. Canceling the 3D re-releases and deciding to shut down Clone Wars is not the way to go about inspiring trust, at least not from me.
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