TFN reports that a Clone Wars preview special, hosted by Ashley Eckstein and featuring behind-the-scenes content, will be airing on Cartoon Network tomorrow at 8pm. It’ll repeat at 10pm and again Saturday at 2 and 10:30pm.
Cartoon Network has expanded their Clone Wars mini-site. It’s still sparsely populated, but there are character bios (including a new one for Grievous that’s been mildly controversial) and a new commercial/bumper spot. And most important of all, the button to turn off the music actually works!
Also, TFN has some good news for fans in Canada: The series will premiere on the Space Channel on October 10th, at 4pm.
UPDATE: There is probably a Clone Wars trailer tonight on Cartoon Network at 8:00pm: The channel is teasing something very big for that time, and TCW fits that bill a lot more than TFU. (Big thanks to Mike and Tagne!)
Both TFN and Yoda’s News have reports from Dragon*Con on Steve Sansweet’s presentation. He showed the first episode of The Clone Wars and said that the premiere date should be announced early next week with a “month long promotional series for the launch of the show.” Could said date be October 3rd?
Sansweet also mentioned Celebration 5, but without solid specifics: 2010 is a likely date, with a location in the midwest or eastern U.S, consistent with what we’ve been seeing.
He also showed some new The Force Unleashed clips. Tune into Cartoon Network for a game trailer tonight at 8:00pm. (Or… something else? Whatever: Tune in.)
We heard Friday back in April (and Rebelscum rumored it not too long ago as well) but now Sci-Fi Wire is saying that the Cartoon Network will be airing their action-adventure block on Saturday. Real change or error? (Thanks, Stooge!)
Here’s what Lucas had to say about the new series, from USA Today:
“We wanted something more in the realm of anime, design-wise, than was currently on TV or movies outside Japan,” Lucas says. But “we wanted to give the look and feel of something that was past,” adding that Gerry Anderson’s 1960s British Thunderbirds series, featuring talking marionettes, “was an inspiration. We didn’t want it to look like Beowulf or The Incredibles.”
Lucas says that while the show can appeal to viewers ages 8 to 80, it’s primarily targeted at 12-year-olds. As a result, he’s added a new 11-year-old girl, Ahsoka, as a “padawan learner” for Anakin Skywalker to mentor, now that he and Obi-Wan Kenobi are “equal partners.”
The series will air again on TNT, but no specific dates or time yet. (TNT upfronts will be on May 15th.)