When Padmé Amidala and Ahsoka Tano travel in secret to Raxus to forge a peace agreement with the Separatists, Ahsoka must confront her own prejudices and preconceptions when she comes face to face with the enemy. She will learn that there are “Heroes on Both Sides” in an all-new episode of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS – airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT Friday, November 19 on Cartoon Network.

In addition to exploring some of the complexities of the war itself, the episode is notable because it introduces all-new character models for some of The Clone Wars’ heroes – including Obi-Wan, Anakin and Ahsoka.

“Over the course of the series so far, our characters have been affected by the conflict, so the changes we are seeing are a reflection of what they’ve gone through and how they’ve changed,” says Supervising Director Dave Filoni. “We’re getting closer to the events of Episode III, and the look of the series is moving toward that look and those designs. We don’t have a live-action point of comparison for Ahsoka, but her development is definitely as pronounced as anyone’s. When the war began, she was just a kid; she was strong and capable, but she had a lot to learn – and she’s been through a lot. She’s been changed by the things she’s seen and done, and now we’re seeing that reflected in her look. She’s older, more mature. In this episode, we see a significant step for her emotional development, in addition to her aesthetic development. Coming face to face with the enemy is going to be an eye-opening experience for her.”

In addition to showcasing the series’ character development and its progression toward the Episode III aesthetics, the new CG models also reflect a change in the way that The Clone Wars is produced.

“Our production keeps getting better; as we move forward, we’re able to incorporate new techniques and improved animation,” says Filoni. “As a weekly series, we’ve been pushing ourselves to do things that haven’t been done in TV animation, and it’s always a struggle just to get it done at all. But we are learning tricks that help to streamline the process, and we continue to build our asset library. We’re at a place where we can explore and develop new and improved character assets for some of our primary players. In addition to the look change, these new models are so much more expressive.”

via LucasFilm

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  1. November 18, 2010 at 8:59 am — Reply

    It’s about time. Don’t get me wrong (or do). I’m grateful for the expanded universe of Clone Wars, but wow it felt so outdated with the polygon-look. I’m glad to see that the Clone Wars saga is really branching out. It looks like they got a good feel for the story and character interaction. Now that they are focusing on the graphics – I’m all game! Man I love this generation. We have TONS of Star Wars content, available to us!

  2. Alisha Mynx
    November 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm — Reply

    I like how Ahsoka looks in this image a lot better than she’s looked up until now. Anakin also looks a step closer to how Anakin of Ep. III looked as well.

    I’m not a big Clone Wars fan, but I can’t deny it’s looking a bit better at least.

  3. duckface
    November 19, 2010 at 5:34 am — Reply

    A much better look for Ahsoka than that lazy, completely unfunctional red band she had tied around her before. Anakin looks a bit more life-like, but how will that gel with other characters like Padme if only select characters are getting a less angular redesign?

  4. Scott Gavin
    November 19, 2010 at 7:43 am — Reply

    I like the look of the Clone Wars series, though I still think Ahsoka is the biggest Mary Sue that ever was. Who’d have thought that George Lucas would resort to swimming around in the Mary Sewer? You’d think that after Jar Jar Binks and the Ewoks, he would have learned to quit trying to pander to a younger audience and stick to telling a good story instead. I wonder how long LucasFilm intends to drag out the Clone Wars, too. After all, like the movie Titanic, we all know how the story is going to end.

    • Alisha Mynx
      November 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm — Reply

      I kind of like how Clone Wars (and the EU novels set in the timelines of pre-established events) fleshes out the stories of other characters. Yes, we know how it “ends”, but only for a small percentage of the characters. While I’m not a huge fan of the show, I actually love the episodes that focus less on the well-known characters and more on others like the various Clone Troopers (moreso when they explore the “uniqueness” of the individual clones or units) and “new” or lesser-known Jedi characters and so on.

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