‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Rockets to Netflix

/ Feb 13, 2014


In a move that’s reminiscent of what Netflix did with “Arrested Development,” the streaming service is resurrecting the Emmy-winning animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” for a sixth and final season.

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” takes place in the years between “Episode II” and “Episode III” of the prequel trilogy — during the titular Clone Wars, which serve as a backdrop for the constant struggle between the dark side and the light side of the force.

It’s not a complete rerun of the “Arrested Development” story, though. The first five seasons of “Clone Wars” had aired on Cartoon Network, before the show was canceled by Lucasfilm around the time the studio was acquired by Disney in late 2012. Back then, Lucasfilm promised more “Clone Wars” content in the future. “While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network,” Lucasfilm had said in a statement, “we’re continuing production on new ‘Clone Wars’ story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen.”

Those will be now coming in the form of 13-episode final season, titled “The Lost Missions,” on Netflix, which has been building a nice content partnership with Disney.

Netflix and Disney are already partnering to produce several new original series tied to the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. On top of that, Netflix has exclusive first-run rights to live-action and animated films from Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature, and Lucasfilm) beginning in 2016.

“The Lost Missions” final season of “Clone Wars” will debut to all Netflix members in the US and Canada on March 7. In addition to the final crop of episodes, the multi-year deal gives Netflix exclusive access to the entire Clone Wars saga. This includes all previous seasons of the animated series, as well as the feature film and several director’s cut episodes that have never aired on TV.

This is the first time any piece of “Stars Wars” content is being made available on Netflix. Watch responsibly.

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