Netflix Engages in 'The Clone Wars'13 Feb, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Former Cartoon Network series comes to SVOD with sixth, and final, season
Netflix Feb. 13 announced it has signed a deal with Disney/ABC Television Group and Lucasfilm to exclusively stream in the U.S. and Canada the sixth and final season of the Emmy-winning animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” beginning March 7. Accompanying the 13-episode new season, dubbed “The Lost Missions,” will be the entire “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” saga, which includes several director’s cut episodes never seen on TV.
Netflix said the agreement marks the first time any "Star Wars" content has been available for streaming on the service. “The Clone Wars” was originally broadcast on Time Warner’s Cartoon Network, but was canceled after five seasons last March, not long after Lucasfilm was sold to Disney. At the time, Lucasfilm announced it would complete several story arcs that were already in development, with the intent of eventually releasing them through an alternate means of distribution.
In the "Star Wars" timeline, "The Clone Wars" covers the period between the films Star Wars: Episode II and Episode III. “The Lost Missions” reveals deeper mysteries of the conflict between the light and the dark sides of the Force, as an intrepid clone trooper discovers a shocking secret, Anakin Skywalker’s closest relationship is tested to its limits, and Master Yoda discovers investigates the disappearance of a Jedi that could forever change the balance of power in the galaxy.
“'Star Wars' is one of the most iconic franchises of all time and this series joins a long line of Disney content that Netflix members are and will continue to enjoy for years to come,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, said in a statement. “’The Clone Wars’ marks an important moment as Netflix welcomes more and more first-run content from The Walt Disney Co. and its subsidiaries.”
The deal follows a recent announcement from Netflix and The Walt Disney Co. to bring multiple original series based on Marvel characters to the service in 2015. Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm, beginning in 2016.
A new "Star Wars" animated series, "Star Wars: Rebels," will debut on the Disney XD channel later this year, and takes place between Episode III and Episode IV. Disney begins filming Star Wars: Episode VII this spring for theatrical release in 2015.