The Clone Wars

TFK gets a behind-the-scenes look at a recording session for Season 4 of the popular Cartoon Network series

Sep 28, 2011 | By TFK Kid Reporter Veronica Louise Mendoza
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It's time to return to a galaxy far, far away! Star Wars: The Clone Wars kicked off its fourth season on Cartoon Network earlier this month. Fans can expect a lot of nail-biting action as the series continues to follow Anakin Skywalker through his younger years—before he turns to the dark side.

In August, TFK had a chance to go behind the scenes during a special voice-recording session with the Clone Wars cast at LA Studios, in Hollywood, California. (Watch the video below.) That day, the show celebrated the recording of its 100th episode with a decadent chocolate cake. 

Taking the Tour

First up on TFK’s schedule for the day was a tour of the studio. Then, it was time to watch voice actors Kevin Michael Richardson (Jabba the Hutt) and James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) record their sessions for a new episode. It was captivating to see how the process works, and to see the actors switch back and forth from their characters to their true selves.

Actor Matt Lanter is the voice of conflicted Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker. He says he enjoys being in the recording studio. “W­ith voice acting, it’s much more laid back,” Lanter told TFK. “You get to be in a booth [recording] with people that you know well, and you get to interact with them. Here, we actually read our scripts like a radio play.”

Looking Ahead

In Season 4, Clone Wars fans can look forward to the arrival of Savage Opress, voiced by Clancy Brown. “He’s one of those characters that gets introduced in Clone Wars in order to connect all of the [Star Wars] movies together with the rest of the [Star Wars] universe,” Brown told TFK. So, is he a good guy or a bad guy? “Savage is a very simple character,” Brown says. “He’s like a big dog that has been trained to be mean, tough and awful.”

For kids who want to go into voice acting—or any profession, really—T.C. Carson has some advice to share. Carson plays wise Jedi Master Mace Windu on the show. “Be whatever you can be, and do whatever you want to do,” advises Carson. “But you have to study it. You have to learn it.”

VIDEOGRAPHY BY JEREMIAH YSIP / EDITING BY VICTOR BOGNOT