Is Star Wars the Clone Wars Movie Before the Show?

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an animated movie that was released in 2008. It is a part of the Star Wars franchise and features characters from the prequel trilogy.

There has been some confusion among fans about whether the movie came before or after the TV show with the same name. In this article, we will explore this topic and clear up any misconceptions.

The Chronological Order

Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie is not the first piece of media released in this series. The events depicted in the movie take place between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. However, in terms of release, it came before the TV show.

The TV show follows a chronological order, with each episode building on previous events. The first season of the show begins with an episode that takes place just after the events of Attack of the Clones. From there, it follows various story arcs that take place during the Clone Wars until its conclusion in Revenge of the Sith.

The Release Schedule

When Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie was released in theaters on August 15th, 2008, it was considered a standalone film. It was not until later when George Lucas and Dave Filoni developed a TV series based on it. The TV series premiered on October 3rd, 2008 – just weeks after the release of its predecessor film.

The first season of The Clone Wars TV show includes several episodes that were released before and after the movie’s release date – these episodes take place before and after events depicted in the movie.


In conclusion, while technically speaking, Star Was: The Clone War’s chronologically happens between Episodes II and III but regarding release order, it is seen as coming before its namesake television series which follows a chronological order across seven seasons. Fans of the series can enjoy both the movie and TV show to get a full understanding of all the events that took place during this epic conflict.

So, if you’re planning on watching this franchise for the first time, start with Attack of the Clones followed by The Clone Wars movie and then continue with the TV show, beginning with season one.

  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 film)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV series)

By following this order, you will be able to experience all the stories in chronological order and appreciate the events leading up to Revenge of the Sith. May the Force be with you!