By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
4:02 PM CST, January 2, 2013
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" returns Saturday with its 100th episode--a story befitting the show's title about the clone troopers tasked to defend the Republic from darkness.
"Missing in Action," airing at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 5 on Cartoon Network, focuses on Gregor, an elite but missing Republic clone commando suffering from amnesia who has seemingly forgotten his true nature.
Check out the sneak peek video above. In honor of the 100th episode--"The Clone Wars" launched in 2008 and is currently in its fifth and final season--the folks at Lucasfilm collected a series of quotes from members of the creative team behind the show. You can read those after this new preview for "Missing in Action."
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" supervising director
"From the start, the idea was to show that there were many more 'Star Wars' stories left to tell after the six movies. We all love the 'Star Wars' universe, and we wanted to keep it alive on-screen in a way that had never been done before. We looked at everything that had been created before us, going back to the original film in 1977, and we mined concept art, behind-the-scenes footage, comics, games, novels and brought it together with George's guidance to make a series that jumps to every corner of his galaxy. I'm very proud of my crew, and all of Lucasfilm for being part of this series. I'm looking forward to what comes next. Seven years after 'Revenge of the Sith' was in theaters, it's never been a better time to be a 'Star Wars' fan, as the best is yet to come!"
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" producer
"To produce 100 episodes of an animated series is a major milestone. But to produce them at the high level of quality of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' is an incredible achievement. And it's a testament to our amazing crew. They are some of the most talented, dedicated, hard-working and passionate people I've ever had the pleasure to work with and know. Being a part of making 'Star Wars' and working closely with George Lucas has been an incredible experience and blessing. I truly feel this work will live on forever. Here's to another 100 episodes! "
voice of Savage Opress
"'Star Wars'--the movie I saw 12 times as a 17-year-old. The movie that began a cultural and creative universe that now spans generations. For me to be a part of this in 'The Clone Wars' is a dream come true."
voice of Anakin Skywalker
"It's a high honor to be a part of the 'Star Wars' universe and such a long running show. Our talented writers, animators and cast of voice actors have made 'The Clone Wars' truly unique. And of course we wouldn't have hit 100 episodes had it not been for our incredibly dedicated fans that make this possible!"
voice of Darth Maul
"Having grown up with 'Star Wars,' I cannot describe the thrill of working with Dave and George in pushing this beloved modern myth into challenging and often risky areas. It's an opportunity I wanted, but surely never thought I'd have. And more than that? Everyone is doing such great work! A barn full of wildly talented maniacs!"
voice of Aurra Sing
"It is an honor being a part of the phenomenon that is the 'Star Wars' universe. A series that has changed so many people's lives all across the globe. 'The Clone Wars' has brought me great joy, playing female roles with great strength and creativity. I am so proud knowing that every week families have an action packed and inspiring show to enjoy together. May the Force be with us, always."
James Arnold Taylor
voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi
"'The Clone Wars' is 'Star Wars' for a whole new generation. To be a part of it, let alone to be Obi-Wan Kenobi, is beyond awesome."
voice of Ahsoka Tano
"The milestone of 100 episodes is a reflection of the amazing work and dedication of the entire 'Clone Wars' cast and crew. Being a part of this production has been an honor and privilege that has changed my life forever."
Dee Bradley Baker
voice of the clones
"'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' is like nothing else on television. It makes me remember how much I loved 'Star Wars' as a boy, and inspires me to love 'Star Wars' all the more for the thrill, the fun, the heart and sheer inventive awesomeness. 'The Clone Wars' is 'Star Wars,' better than ever."
voice of General Grievous and supervising sound editor
"Back in 2005, when David Acord and I met Dave Filoni, he showed us a hand drawn video storyboard sequence of Anakin and his new apprentice leapfrogging battle droids and scaling a cliff with an AT-TE walker. Even from that humble sequence we could tell that this show was special. In between our geeking out over our love of 'Star Wars' that day, Filoni asked, 'I wonder if you guys wouldn't mind adding some sound effects.' Well, 100 episodes later we still share that bond, and we have all been able to put that love back into the show. We proudly hold this series in our hearts like we do the film saga."
voice of Padme Amidala
"From the beginning, I think we all felt there was something truly special about 'The Clone Wars.' I will be forever proud and grateful to have had the chance to be a part of this show. It has been an obscene amount of fun, I have met the most amazing fans and made friends for life in my 'Clone Wars' family. Congratulations to the whole 'Clone Wars' team on 100 beautiful episodes!"
voice of Yoda
"I was a 'Star Wars' fan long before I was a 'Star Wars' actor, and to now be part of something that has completely re-energized the franchise, and to be entrusted to voice a character as beloved as Yoda--well, the word 'humbled' doesn't do what I feel justice. Thank you to George, Dave, our stellar cast, everyone at Lucasfilm and the fans, for making this show matter."
guest voice actor
"'The Clone Wars' looks amazing and has incredibly dramatic performances from all of the characters. It's really incredible to have this seamless expansion of the 'Star Wars' universe."
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