Star Wars’ 2D Clone Wars on Disney Plus makes General Grievous cool again

Prior To there was 2008’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars, there was … well, 2003’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Produced and directed by veteran animator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Lab, Samurai Jack), the Daytime Emmy Acclaimed animated “micro-series” of shorts holds an unique location in the hearts of numerous Star Wars fans who enjoyed it when it initially aired on which aired on Animation Network, and for great factor. And after years of being difficult to view in a legal way, the collection has actually appeared on Disney Plus under a “Star Wars Vintage” banner.

From Obi-Wan Kenobi’s intense fight with the never-ceasing Gen’Dai fugitive hunter Rise (total with an Akira bike slide recommendation) to Anakin Skywalker’s tense lightsaber battle versus the Sith wannabe-apprentice Asajj Ventress on the jungle moon of Yavin 4 and Mace Windu solitarily beating a whole android army like an invincible Jedi warrior, Tartakovsky’s take boasted a few of the most outstanding and remarkable minutes to ever be put to the screen in the legend’s history. However one episode in specific stands apart for its intro of among the most scary bad guys seen in Star Wars prior to his live-action theatrical launching: the Confederate android leader General Grievous.

General Grievous preparing to strike.

Photo: Lucasfilm/Cartoon Network Studios

In “Chapter 20” of the Clone Wars series, which comprises the last four minutes of the first of two hour-or-so-long compilations released on Disney Plus, we see a group of five Jedi knights cornered inside a wrecked starship by an army of droids. Just as the forces encircle the wreckage, a clawed hand is seen held up, halting the droids to a standstill. The short has all the energy of a hopeless last stand, with the Jedi stating that the droid’s unexpected victory is owed to the strategy of their confederacy’s mysterious new general. Grievous is heard prior to he’s ever fully seen, announcing to the Jedi that there is no hope of rescue, and that he will grant them a warrior’s death. After a few moments of tension, the ambidextrous four-armed Jedi hunting assassin cyborg makes his appearance; a towering skeletal figure in a white flowing cape, brandishing a pair of lightsabers presumably stolen from a pair of Jedi he had previously murdered and collected as trophies. The short ends with the frightening pace of a horror-movie climax, as Grievous proceeds to mercilessly kill and incapacitate the Jedi until only one is left.

Designed by concept artist Warren Fu, General Grievous was developed by George Lucas as a new antagonist for the final installment in the theatrical Star Wars prequel series. Lucas’ initial requests to the artists at LucasFilm were simply for the new villain to simply be “a droid commander,” while later specifying that he wanted the character to be seen as the deadliest hand to hand fighter the galaxy— someone, or something, that could strike fear even in the heart of the Jedi. Grievous’ launching in Tarkavosky’s Clone Wars certainly leaves that impression, a predator hanging from darkened ceilings and skulking like a Xenomorph from Alien, stalking prey silently before pouncing in for the kill. More impressive than even Grievous’ design is his fighting style that, according to the DVD audio commentary for the second volume of the series, was inspired by the Brazillian martial art of Capoeira.

General Grevious’ chest cavity is crushed by Mace Windu

Photo: Lucasfilm/Cartoon Network Studios

Grievous would go on to serve as a formidable and recurring unstoppable threat for the rest of the series until the final moments of “Chapter 25” when, while abducting Chancellor Palpatine in the wake of defeating the trio of Jedi charged with protecting him, Grievous’ chest was force crushed by Mace Windu as the general made his escape. The android leader would make his next on-screen appearance in 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith; a wheezing, hunched over shadow of his former intimidating self. Severe would nonetheless hold his own in his battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi on the planet of Utapau, though his final minutes fade in contrast to the relentless force of death and damage seen in Tarkovsky’s series.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.