‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ to Return on Disney Streaming Service

The popular “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated series will return with 12 new episodes to debut on Disney’s upcoming steaming service.

The announcement came July 19 during a 10th anniversary panel celebrating the show at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Set during an intergalactic conflict taking place between the “Star Wars” films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, “The Clone Wars” followed the adventures of young Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and their allies as they defended the Galactic Republic against the evil droid armies of Count Dooku.

Beginning with a theatrically released film in 2008 (distributed by Warner Bros.), the series originally ran for five seasons from 2008 to 2013 on Warner’s Cartoon Network, but was canceled not long after the Walt Disney Co. purchased Lucasfilm. A sixth season was released in 2014 on Netflix. All the seasons were also released on DVD and Blu-ray. However, several episodes remained unfinished despite the dialogue having already been recorded; assembled storyboards and rough animation from these unfinished episodes have released over the years online and shown to fans at conventions.

In addition, some story arcs were not completed, although the fates of certain characters were alluded to in other media, such as novels, comic books and the “Star Wars: Rebels” TV series, as if the episodes existed.

Supervising director Dave Filoni will continue in that role on the new episodes.

“I honestly didn’t think we would ever have the opportunity to return to The Clone Wars,” says Filoni. “Thanks to the relentless fan support and the team behind Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, we will now get to tell more of those stories. We feel a tremendous responsibility to make something that lives up to the legacy that George Lucas created with the original series and I think our team, many of whom worked on the show from the beginning, has risen to the challenge.”

Fox, Vudu Show Off ‘Deadpool’s Dream Suite’ at Comic-Con

Fox and Walmart’s Vudu showed off “Deadpool’s Dream Suite” before awarding a lucky fan of the July 18-22 San Diego Comic-Con International a chance to stay there on the Saturday evening of the convention.

The location was converted from the most-expensive suite at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego across the street from the convention center, and decorated to look like the apartment shared by Deadpool and Blind Al in the “Deadpool” movies. The design team loaded the room with special artwork, Deadpool 2 posters and many subtle nods to the films (but, alas, there was nothing buried under the floorboards).

After Comic-Con, Vudu will host a giveaway of select loot from the suite, with signups at the sweepstakes site beginning July 20.

Deadpool 2 will be available through digital retailers Aug. 7 and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 21 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Laika Animation Studio Exhibits During Comic-Con

Celebrating the film’s 10th anniversary, Teri Hatcher, voice star of Coraline, stopped by July 18 at “Laika Live,” the stop-animation studio’s exhibit running July 13-22 in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter and coinciding with Comic-Con. Laika also created ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and the upcoming Missing Link, due April 19. The free exhibit features props, puppets and sets from Laika’s films; merchandise for purchase; and technology demos, among other attractions.

Fox Planning Major ‘Deadpool 2’ Blu-ray Push at Comic-Con

This year’s San Diego Comic-Con will feature a huge Deadpool 2 presence to promote the home video release of the superhero comedy — which will be available through digital retailers Aug. 7 and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 21 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Fox, which is releasing an extended “Super Duper $@%!#& Cut” of the film, will promote Deadpool 2 with a Hall H panel at 5:15 p.m. June 21, and a world premiere screening of the”Super Duper Cut” at 9:30 p.m. June 21 at the Horton Grand Theatre in San Diego.

In addition, Fox will set up Booth 3529 for the July 18-22 run of the show as “Deadpool’s Super Dance Party,” featuring an animatronic band and a different Comic-Con exclusive T-shirt given to the first 1,200 attendees each day Thursday through Sunday.

Booths 4229 and 3529 will also be giving out trucker hats with preorders for the Deadpool 2 Blu-ray, and fans can win a set of 18 Fox catalog Blu-rays with limited edition box art photobombed by Deadpool. The special covers will be available to purchase at Walmart stores begenning Aug. 7.

Finally, Fox and Walmart’s Vudu have decorated a suite at the San Diego Hard Rock Hotel to look like Deadpool’s apartment and is holding a sweepstakes for one Comic-Con attendee to stay in “Deadpool’s Dream Suite” on the Saturday evening of the convention. Those planning to be at Comic-Con can enter to win at watchvudu.com/deadpooldreamsuite from July 11-19, and the winner will be announced at Comic-Con July 20. An additional 15 winners will be allowed to tour the attraction.

After Comic-Con, Vudu will host a giveaway of select loot from the suite, with signups at the sweepstakes site beginning July 20.