Doge Animations has recreated two iconic scenes of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker’s “surrenders” from The Clone Wars in the 2003 animated style.
The first Clone Wars animated series launched in 2003 on Cartoon Network; it only consisted of 3 seasons and was canceled in 2005. Three years later, Star Wars: The Clone Wars launched to critical acclaim, with an updated art style from its 2003 run. While the 2003 Clone Wars animated series is often forgotten in favor of its successor, the former has been praised for its pensive tone, gorgeous score, and chronological storytelling of Anakin Skywalker’s rise.
Doge Animations has released a two-minute video on YouTube where the creator has recreated two scenes from Star Wars: The Clone Wars in the 2D animation style from the 2003 series. More specifically, Doge Animations re-imagines two particularly poignant scenes from the 2008 The Clone Wars series: Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker’s supposed surrenders. Although Doge Animations doesn’t include a side-by-side comparison of the scenes in the two styles, the description links the 2008 scenes, so viewers can see easily juxtapose the videos if interested. You can catch Doge Animations’ fantastic work below:
The scenes Doge Animations selected have been heralded as some of the most memorable of The Clone Wars. The first consists of Obi-Wan’s falsified surrender to Whorm Loathsom, where the former is, in fact, merely stalling for time. The second follows Anakin Skywalker as he pretends to surrender to a group of droids, before using the force to pull the commanding droid towards him and decapitating it using his lightsaber. Fans have praised both scenes for their respective cleverness, wit, and action; thus, it’s most definitely a treat to see Obi-Wan and Anakin take on their enemies again, albeit in a different animated style.
While both Clone Wars animated series are masterpieces in their own right, it’s somewhat unfortunate the 2008 The Clone Wars typically overshadows the 2003 one. Although the 2003 series certainly takes a darker tone than its 2008 counterpart, both provide a look at beloved Star Wars characters in a way the main films did not. Regardless of which ones viewers today prefer, it’s evident that both series will continue to have a loyal fanbase, including talented creators such as Doge Animation who are willing to produce a product that’s the very definition of the best of both worlds.