After watching the gripping season finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars I had a sneaky suspicion I was watching the final moments of Lucasfilm‘s hit animated series. Seems I was right. Today on the official Star Wars page in a post titled, A New Direction for Lucasfilm Animation, it was announced, “the time has come to wind down the series.” The Disney/Lucasfilm acquisition made it clear the series would no longer continue on Cartoon Network, and they’ve confirmed no more episodes have been made for the network, but where any new Clone Wars will be airing isn’t totally clear.
The announcement continues with, “we’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen.” Fans are asked to stay tuned for more info about where they’ll be able to see this “bonus content.” Bonus content? That sure doesn’t sound like another season to me.
Included is this video message – which for some reason won’t embed, please follow the link – from series producer, Dave Filoni, as well as a clip of some new Clone Wars content.
Hmm. So we have a tease of new stories to come, a promise from Lucasfilm they are planning more Clone Wars, but then this vague reference to releasing the series’ conclusion as bonus content? Hopeful, this makes me not.
There’s also this sad news: the release of Seth Green and Matthew Senreich‘s Star Wars Detours has been postponed until a later date. I’m guessing post Episode VII’s release. Which is another significant bummer.
A new direction, indeed, Lucasfilm. This is almost no direction. Other than the vague mention pursuing another animated series set, “in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming,” there’s little evidence for where the future of Lucasfilm animation is heading.
What do you guys think of The Clone Wars ending? Detours‘ delay?