I’ve recently gone on a Star Wars: The Clone Wars re-watch marathon. Well…perhaps “marathon” is the wrong word to use here, because I’ve been watching two or three episodes, here and there, when I find the time. I just finished Episode 13 of Season 6, you know the one – where Master Yoda goes on his journey to find the secret to life after death in the Force.
After the credits rolled on the final episode, I found myself unfulfilled and wanting more…I was frustrated that the series was ended before such important story-arcs like Anakin’s final days leading up to becoming Darth Vader, the members of the 501st who decided to have their chips removed and therefore did not take part in Order 66, and of course what exactly happened to Ahsoka Tano, once she left the Jedi Order.
So of course, I scoured the internet for any and all information regarding what has become my favorite Star Wars story-line, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I found the Bad Batch episodes, I found detailed information on Wookiepedia about other characters, and of course I watched Star Wars Rebels and found out that Ahsoka Tano was alive and well as the Rebel contact Fulcrum…I wanted to know more.
Just yesterday, StarWars.com ran a piece on the voice actors from Clone Wars, who voiced multiple characters, and I’ve got to say, as I read it, I was pleasantly surprised. Here’s a list of just a few of the actors listed, and who they played.
Without a doubt, Lanter may be forever known to Star Wars: The Clone Wars fans as the voice of Anakin Skywalker. However, how many of those fans know that he voiced more than 25 characters? To name a few, Lanter voiced:
- A Bivall named Okalin.
- A Weequay pirate named Jiro.
- A Rodian named Pablo.
- A Togruta named Tuktee.
- The spice dealer and leader of the Pyke Syndicate – Lom Pyke.
- Hondo Ohnaka’s monkey-lizard – Pikk Mukmuk.
He also played a Mon Cala, a Gungan, a Trandoshan, a Nemoidian, and a plethora of different droids. I had no idea that the voice behind my absolute favorite character in Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker, also played Lom Pyke…Matt Lanter was a busy fellow.
Ashley Eckstein, of course, voiced fan favorite – Ahsoka Tano. Ahsoka represented the younger generation of Star Wars fans, and many of them grew up with her as she navigated the turbulent waters of The Clone Wars. Ahsoka united adult and adolescent fans, and both rejoiced when she and returned in Star Wars Rebels as Fulcrum. Here is a list of some other characters Eckstein voiced on The Clone Wars:
- Separatist tactical droid, K2-B4.
- The Weequay pirate, Kiera Swan.
- The Twi’lek – Aleena
I’ve got to say, it’s pretty awesome to see Ahsoka in Star Wars Rebels, and I just cannot wait to see how she mentors Ezra and Kanan, as well as how she will deal with finding out that Darth Vader is what is left of her former Jedi Master, Anakin.
James Arnold Taylor:
As the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Taylor’s is perhaps the most iconic and most recognizable voice of the entire animated cast. That being said, you will be surprised to know who else he voiced, in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- Jedi Master Plo Koon (yes really).
- Bounty hunter Rako Hardeen.
- Citadel prison warden – Osi Obeck.
Taylor also voiced many (and I do mean many), other characters which totals around 35 in all.
These minor characters include Techno Union scientists, Nelvaan warriors, Weequay pirates, a Pantoran, numerous droids, Twi’leks, a pick-pocketing Patrolian, a Snivvian, a Trandoshan, several Aleenas, Patitites, Zygerrians, a Muun, a Dagoyan…James Arnold Taylor was an even busier fellow than Matt Lanter.
The article goes on to list five other actors from the animated series who voiced multiple characters, including the man who lent his voice to every clone in the clone army, Dee Bradley Baker. You can read the article in its entirety HERE. I highly recommend you go give a good read through, and you will probably end-up as shocked as I was to find out just how many characters were voiced by the same actor.