Video: Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars

Not sure how long this is going to last, but it looks like you can now watch the entire run of Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars on Youtube. It’s unofficial, but with the DVDs out of print this may be your best chance to catch up.

The series of shorts, produced by Cartoon Network Studios, originally aired in three chunks between the releases of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith from 2003-2005. They have received little attention from Lucasfilm since the more traditional The Clone Wars started in 2008.

Let’s hope they make the cut for the Digital Library

Tartakovsky on the boxing of his 2D Clone Wars

As many readers may know or have noticed, I’m not big on The Clone Wars. It’s nothing personal, really: Just another facet of my apathy to the prequel era.

But one thing I do have surprisingly strong opinions on? The original Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars shorts. They aired on Cartoon Network (and online, via Hyperspace) in 2003-2005 between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, and they were amazing. Little bite-sized bits of gorgeous, mostly dialogue-free animation that played up all the strengths of Star Wars… And it’s a damn, damn shame that they’ve been so buried, as Tartakovsky discuses in this HuffPo interview.

What would The Clone Wars be with his hand at the wheel? Did Lucas decide his take was too arty, too inaccessible? Was it less likely to sell toys? Did he want too much independence in storytelling? (Probably safe to say that the fanboy nitpicking was not a factor.) I’d have loved to seen a full-length series from him and his team, but I guess it’s just another one for the might-have-been file.

Tartakovsky – How to make friends and influence people

Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of the Clone Wars cartoon (not that one, the first one), spoke at Rhode Island School of Design this past weekend.

Club Jader (and some-day-Pulitzer Prize winner), Caroline Sedano, attended and wrote up this great summary of the event for The Brown Daily Herald.

Club Jade wishes to note that we aren’t the least bit biased about the shining examples of Star Wars reporting done by its members.