Why did Disney cancel The Clone Wars

Why did Disney cancel the TV series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"?

Because they felt it was time and the studio decided to go in a different direction.

From their press release

As we enter an exciting new era focused on the next Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm decided to take a new direction in animated programming. We're exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in an era previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programs. You can expect more details in the coming months.


After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, it's time to end the series. While the studio no longer produces new episodes for Cartoon Network, we continue to produce new Clone Wars storylines that promise to be some of the most exciting adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can find this bonus content soon. In the video below, Supervising Director Dave Filoni offers a glimpse into the future of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Disney felt it appropriate to take a "new direction" in animated programming and arguably focus on a slightly younger population group (I need to attract these kids).

It sounds like the mature topics of The Clone Wars would have been a bit much for what Disney would have been willing to broadcast on its own networks but not want to continue creating content to be broadcast on a competing network (Cartoon Network is owned by Time Warner).

This is backed up by a quote from Netflix's VP of Content Acquisition:

"The series has really aged over the years," said Sean Carey, Netflix vice president, content acquisition. “It went to a darker place and no longer suited the Cartoon Network brand. So it was a hidden gem that Disney brought our attention to, and we jumped over it. "

LucasFilm's animation studio isn't huge.You can't work on too many things at the same time especially since many of the production staff (from producers, writers to Down) are now with Star Wars: Rebels were commissioned .

The show had lasted five full seasons and started production on the sixth. The Clone Wars themselves lasted only three years in the universe. There were of course more stories to be told, but as time went on, they would likely run into a timeframe issue at some point.

According to Lucas (take it any way you like, given his story where he changed his mind about everything) originally only 100 episodes were planned.

TV Guide: And you will do a hundred episodes?

Lucas: We're going to do a hundred episodes. I think we're on [No.] 40 right now. We'll probably have 50 to 60 episodes before we start putting it on the air. We'd like to have it set up next fall in about a year, but we'll see what happens.

This was supported by another quote from an interview a few months later:

CS: Have you seen the show for a long time? Computer animation obviously takes a long time to create.

Lucas: We have been doing this for three years. We have a year behind us, we are in the middle of the second year. I wrote the third year. We assume this will take at least five or six years.

So it sounds like they're either over or pretty close to their original plans for Clone Wars stories.


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"It was time" is a good reason to quit a TV show. So many good shows have deteriorated over the years because studios dragged them back and forth until they were no longer profitable enough, even after they ran out of good stories years ago.