George Lucas gets a lot of guff for the prequel films in the Star Wars saga. A fair potion of the criticism is spot-on in terms of his directorial choices, especially in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, but one thing that can't be criticized is Lucas's enormous vision. He imagined a rich galaxy that spans from worlds from the Outer Rim to the Inner Core. Up until 2008, most of the galaxy was gated behind novels and video games that weren't easily accessible to the casual fan, let alone children. And then, thanks to the talents of the fantastic Dave Filloni, The Clone Wars animated film hit theaters in a limited run with a companion television show by the same name.
To many, the film didn't resonate through their original trilogy nostalgia glasses, and the show followed suit. Well, for the first two-and-a-half seasons, at least. Now, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is regarded by fans as one of the best installments in the ever-expanding Star Wars post-buyout canon. It's plain to see, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the best Star Wars anything since The Empire Strikes Back.