Form Letter

Here’s a quick, pithy template you can use in your letter to save Clone Wars. Let me preface this by saying that your own letters are far more effective than a form letter. However, I know many people aren’t exactly confident of their writing skills and otherwise wouldn’t bother having their voices heard. So, as a public service, here is a handy dandy form letter you can paste, print, and send or tailor to whatever you want.

Date

Your name
Your address
City/state/Zip

Mr. Bob Iger
Disney Studios
500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521

Dear Mr. Iger:

I am writing in today to voice my support for the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” The show is not only the best animated program on television today, it is probably among the best of any program on the air. I watch every week and I own past seasons on DVD/Blu-Ray. It is a program that has become very important to millions of Star Wars fans, especially since it has kept the fire of fandom alive for the past five years. It has introduced Star Wars to a new generation of fans; it’s very popular with kids. The show’s cast are among the very best ambassadors for the brand, as those who attend Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World and other events can attest. The mythology and characters have become part of the tapestry of the saga.

It is my understanding that the show’s status for its sixth season is still undetermined. I urge you to ensure that the show continues whether it remains on Cartoon Network, transfers to a new network, or is exhibited in some other way. As it stands, The Clone Wars has yet to seal the fates of several characters and it would be heartbreaking if those fates are forever unresolved. Please do not get off on the wrong foot with millions of devoted Star Wars fans by abruptly pulling the plug before it’s time. Do not disappoint us. Keep “The Clone Wars” alive.

Sincerely,

Your Name

There’s a pretty good sample here.

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19 Responses to “Form Letter”

  1. Hunk a Junk Says:

    I attended a Star Trek convention back in 1991 shortly after Gene Roddenberry’s death. I spoke with a guy who had been part of Robbenberry’s inner circle and had served as Trek’s chief publicist (I can’t remember his name). Within weeks of Gene’s death, this guy was canned along with all of Gene’s closest associates. Plans were made to end “The Next Generation” (Gene’s baby) and create new spinoffs created by other people. When I asked why he’d been fired when he was clearly a great ambassador for the franchise, he just looked at me and said, “When Kings die, the first thing the new King does is get rid of anyone loyal to the old King.” Sure enough, Gene wasn’t even cold before Paramount put Rick Berman in charge of the franchise and we all know what happened next.

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but fans should start accepting this now: Clone Wars is going away. Disney likely won’t say “cancelled” but that’s what is happening.

    Enjoy these last episodes because that will be it.

    There are many MANY logical reasons why this is a stupid move by Disney, but think with your head, not your heart. It’s a business decision (likely involving the desire to end all entangling contracts with other distributors) and an ego driven one. Igor, Kennedy and Abrams want to start fresh and put their own stamp on the franchise going forward (ironically, most likely, by looting the iconography of the AMH and TESB as their template — Episode VII will be a love fest to those two films). They will be willing to take the hit from fans of the series. It’s not like Star Wars fans haven’t been upset before. Clone Wars is George’s baby and, while they’re happy to exploit its assets as part of the saga’s history, they are NOT going to keep producing George’s show. Period. That’s just not how it works in L.A.

    Learn from history. Back at CVI, there was speculation about what it meant that CN was moving Clone Wars’ time slot to Saturday mornings. Fans were assured that it wasn’t an indication of CN’s commitment to the show. Clearly that was BS. The suits knew at that point what was coming and didn’t want to waste a valuable prime time time slot on a show that wasn’t going to be on the network in a year. The fact that there has been no announcement about the series’ future is a crystal clear indication that there isn’t one. The interviews with Lucas and Kennedy about the transfer of power made no mention of the fate of the TV series — and that was by design. If they were intending to keep the series rolling, they’d have assured fans right away.

    They didn’t.

    All that’s being decided right now is how to spin the announcement that the series has ended. They’ll say they have to put resources into Episode VII or they’ll vaguely promise that there will be awesome new Star Wars content now with even more OT magicalness so you won’t even miss Clone Wars. They may simply say they’re taking time to re-evaluate how to continue the series in other forms (i.e. stalling for time until it becomes obvious to everyone they’ve cancelled it). The fans will howl, Disney and Lucasfilm will say nothing, Dave Filoni and crew will move on silently to other projects (honoring their NDAs), and then Episode VII will usher in a new wave of new Disney-originated content created by LOST alum and that will be it. And fans in ten years will look back on the Clone Wars as that awesome series from their childhoods that ended sadly and too soon.

    I hope I’m wrong.

    But I’m not.

    • Eduardo Vargas Says:

      George Lucas is not dead, and they will not try to kill the show while he is still in the production of the show. Or else, why the hell did he sell his company in the first place?

    • M. Marshall Says:

      I remember setting up a flea market stall once and one of the things I was selling was Star Trek trading cards. I told a customer that I liked TOS and TNG. He asked me if I liked “Deep Space Nine” and I simply replied: “it’s just not the same without Gene Roddenberry”.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Well, TNG went on another three years and it got to end on its own terms. Other than that I see your point in the analogy. I have said before that if Disney is hellbent on ignoring the evidence right in front of its face of how much Clone Wars means to Star Wars, then I don’t know what will change the suits’ minds. But the impression I got is that there’s some hope if we show support for the program. So we’ve got to at least give it a go. I’m just concerned that the effort thus far is disjointed, partially because many fans just don’t believe it (I didn’t just a few days ago) and partially because I think some fan sites don’t want to anger Our New Overlords and lose access.

      By the way, Cartoon Network’s numbers with kids have gone up on Saturday mornings thanks to Clone Wars in that time slot. I think now that the move was to help with ad revenue; most of the commercials are aimed at kids and if more kids are watching, the more CN can charge for those spots.

      • Eddie Says:

        Better safe than sorry–what harm can be done by enthusiastic and respectful advocacy? If one of the fan sites I *think* you’re talking about is worried that they’ll lose their access, they haven’t had any worthwhile “access” since they kowtowed to LFL in the early 2000’s, anyways! Besides, I suspect that This possible FaN site isn’t getting on board with this because of a more petty reason–like, a recent divorce(cast), where the depaRting Faction has Really made “saving the Clone Wars” a priority.

        I wonder if a good way to get this letter-writing campaign into higher gear would be to hit some hipster parenting sites or boards (anybody have any suggestions?), and let the helicopter parents of today know that little Zack or Emma’s favorite show is in danger of cancellation. It seems like Disney would be more receptive to parents than just us plain old fans, since they’ve got that whole “wholesome family entertainment” schtick going on.

        I saw what you did there, LOL. Alerting parenting sites is a pretty good idea. If any of you out there have kids, it would be a nice touch if your younglings wrote a note too…heck, get their buddies and their classmates involved.

      • Hunk a Junk Says:

        I think people, especially parents and kids, should write letters and let Disney know how they feel. That’s a good point about TNG going an addition three years, although TNG was Emmy nominated and a ratings juggernaut. It went seven years because that was the length of the actors’ contracts. The show was about to get too expensive to produce without turning over the cast. I’m not sure LFL has the same considerations, but any show reaching 100+ episodes must be approaching contract renegotiating times with its principle players (Filoni, the voice actors, etc.). At CVI, Filoni said he had “recently” turned in a storyline that covers “what happens to Ahsoka and Rex.” He then said George “rejected” the ideas. Now we know this Disney sale was all but a done deal when those comments were made, meaning as of sale time a decision about closing out the series and the character arcs still hadn’t been resolved, at least from Filoni’s perspective (maybe George had his own ideas). As much as I love George, I think its entirely possible he’s walked away without securing a fate for the show or the storyline. I know that sounds heretical, but I think by the end, especially after the whining online response to the blu-rays and the gleeful critical drubbing of Red Tails, George had simply had enough and was ready to just walk away. The deal was rushed to be completed by the end of 2012 mainly for tax reasons and loose ends, like the Fox distribution contracts, were just left unresolved. I think Clone Wars is something Lucas just felt he had to let go of (which isn’t philosophically inconsistent). As far as the new regime goes, so far all the signals about the future of the franchise have been about returning it to the broad popularity of the OT. I think Disney and Kennedy think of Star Wars as a cinematic franchise, not a TV one, and they want the new movies to pull Harry Potter, Avengers and Twilight-sized numbers. I really think that means, for them, sweeping away all remnants of the prequels (and their controversies) and starting with a clean slate. I think, for them, its a psychological signal they’re sending to the fans that Star Wars is going to once again be that thing EVERYone loved from their childhoods — and that means getting the haters back on board — and that means moving beyond the PT storyline as quickly as possible. For them, ending Clone Wars is like ripping off a band-aid. It will hurt, but better to do it quickly and get on to other things.

        Until I see more evidence, I disagree with those who think this is part of an anti-PT jihad by Disney. If Episode VII features a cast full of bashers and string and glue are used as visual effects, I’ll start to worry. While I freely accept that once Eppy VII comes out, much of the focus is going to be on new movies, Disney’s legal team has to know trademark law really well. Let’s just say that Disney cannot consign 1/3 of the saga along with Clone Wars to the memory hole and hope to maintain ownership of the trademarks associated with them.

  2. Hunk a Junk Says:

    George Lucas retired. He’s getting married. He’s done in the trenches of Star Wars. Yes, he’s a “consultant” on the new films, which in Hollywood-speak means he collects a big check for having his name attached. In terms of creative decision-making, however, in the words of the hateboys, George is “out of the way.” Whether the show is in production or has episodes in the can is irrelevant. AOTC and ROTS 3D are also in the can and they’re now sitting on a shelf because Disney won’t allow Fox to profit from their property. Don’t get me wrong. I HOPE I’m wrong, but Disney is taking Star Wars into a post-prequels era and continuing a prequel show isn’t on the agenda of anyone STILL in control at the company (and George isn’t).

    • Eduardo Vargas Says:

      George Lucas is not out of the way. That is the biggest piece of BS I have heard in a long time. George may not be in control of the company, but I honestly don’t think he sold while knowing that his show would be pulled out of the way. Nobody is stupid enough to do that, much less Lucas who has known Iger for god knows how many years. Scaring the crap out of everyone isn’t helping and your starting to get me angry

      • Hunk a Junk Says:

        I’m not trying to anger or scare anyone. I’m just being a realist. Fans need to stop thinking of Star Wars as an artistic endeavor. It was but it’s not anymore. It’s now a corporate asset. It’s a chess piece. These people have no emotional attachment to it, at least when it comes to business. It is a product to exploit or move in a business strategy where fan involvement is as much of a hindrance as it is a plus.

        Again, I hope I’m wrong. But if George Lucas had any say, why am I no longer going to see AOTC and ROTS 3D this fall?

      • lazypadawan Says:

        Lucas has retired, period. I also hope that as a Disney stockholder he will not allow the Mouse House to railroad Clone Wars out of existence. But if people connected to the show are worried, then *I’m* worried.

  3. oxward321 Says:

    I wish they’d just address this and put our minds at ease. If they do go through with this, this is one mother F’er that will let them have it.

  4. oxward321 Says:

    I really hope they treat the saga as a whole and dis the CW and PT. I hope we’re just being paranoid. If this dose go down the dark path, as I said before, ill be done with Star Wars! At least everything out side of the six films and the CW.

    • PrinceOfNaboo Says:

      Didn’t Lucas always talk about 100 episodes of TCW?
      It could be a coincidence, but they reach 100 episodes after Season 5.

      However, since there is no closure to be expected for the series after Season 5, it would be the the most disrespectful move towards a large portion of the fanbase that Disney could dare to make.

      This and/or an (rumoured) involvement of Simon Pig errr Pegg in any future Star wars and I’m done with the Disney’s Star Wars too.

      • lazypadawan Says:

        Clone Wars passed the 100 episode mark this season (#100 was the one with Gregor the clone commando).

        Ugh, I read that Pegg rumor. It sounds quite unsubstantiated but it was still enough to make me nauseated. By the way, where is Pegg on all of this? Doesn’t he want to save the show that ever so nicely let him do a guest spot?

  5. Hunk a Junk Says:

    That fact that they haven’t addressed it is a tell. They would put people’s minds at ease, but they haven’t. And I think the calculation is that whatever blowback there would be from the fans they simply have to weather until Episode VII. Fan complaints would also be muted thanks to Bad Robot’s internet skills. Ever notice how the bigger players in the geek media totally supported Abrams changes to the Trek franchise? That wasn’t an accident. There will be a huge push in articles and on forums like Force.net to convince upset fans to simmer down and give the new regime a chance to dazzle us with their brilliance. It’s already starting. Already there are rumors about Simon Pegg being involved in the new films and already there are “fans” (plants) arguing that it’s no big deal that Pegg crapped all over the prequels and the fans who liked them. Just simmer down… It will all be fine… Move along… move along…

  6. oxward321 Says:

    My letter is away. I also expressed my concern on how they’re handle episodes I-III. And the 3D releases.

  7. steven Says:

    as long as the prequels arent remade its all fine because superman returns was a dud because of the whole partial continuity thing

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