Tartakovsky Talks About The State Of His SW: Clone Wars Micro-Series
Posted By Mike on September 15, 2012
Before Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as we now know it, entered the galaxy far, far away starting with the 2008 theatrical release, we had Genndy Tartakovsky's Emmy-winning Star Wars: Clone Wars micro-series to bridge the gap between Episodes II & III. You might have noticed that DVD's and references to the series are no longer available due to Dave Filoni's new series taking priority in terms of Star Wars canon. While providing an interview to the Huffington Post about his recent directing gig on Hotel Transylvania, interviewer Mike Ryan asked Genndy about his current thoughts on the state of his previous Clone Wars series...
"Speaking of your version of "Clone Wars," does it bother you that there's another one and that the one you did seems to no longer be canon? Yeah. I mean, you know, of course it bothers me. But, you know, it's George's characters. It's his world and he has to do what he has to do. And the new ones are totally inspired by what we did: A lot of the same character designs and stuff.
Does that part bother you, too? No, again, it's not my characters, so he can do whatever he wants. And the story was also that I was going to do it. I was going to go to Lucas and be their John Lasseter-type of person and do a feature and supervise the "Star Wars" television show. And things kind of fell apart, blah blah blah. But, yeah, I'm super proud of what we did. And I felt like we did a justice to "Star Wars" and as a fan.
I mean, people haven't forgotten them, even though we are supposed to. That's the one thing that is kind of weird that he just wants to wipe it off. Because we used to be in the encyclopedias, some of the characters that we created. And now they're gone. And you can't get the DVD and all of this other stuff. And it's like, whatever. What are you going to do, right? It existed.
But it feels like its been thrown on the scrapheap with the Holiday Special. I think George is brilliant. And I think he just wants to ... I don't know the reasoning, exactly. But from any sense that I can make out of it, he just wants it to be clean. But there's so much fiction that's out with "Star Wars," I don't think it would matter."
Classy answers from a guy who, in my humble opinion, created a fantastic series that my sons and I continue to re-watch on a semi-regular basis. As has been discussed on the ForceCast, just because a new TCW series exists, doesn't mean that we have to look at the older animated series as not having happened. Filoni's TCW series is canon and stories come down from George Lucas himself. Genndy's series can be considered tall tales from the same time period. Think of them as stories that have been retold from outside observers who looked at the Jedi as super-heroes. Good storytelling and fantastic visuals can be appreciated regardless as to how they fit into the Star Wars timeline. The Clone Wars negated a lot that was in Karen Traviss' Republic Commando novels, but that sure didn't take away from my personal enjoyment reading those books. If you can still get your hands on Tartakovsky's series, and if you have yet to see it, make sure to give it a try. It won't take away from your enjoyment of TCW in any way. It's as creative as it is fun. Heck, if you've also read James Luceno's Labyrinth of Evil, you might remember some sweet tie-in's to that which Genndy originally set forth during the Battle of Coruscant.
Click here to read the full Huffington Post interview as it also includes some details on a Star Wars reference in Hotel Transylvania.