From the Homing Beacon: Picking up where Episode II left off, the saga of the Clone Wars will continue through animated shorts premiering this year from the Cartoon Network and Lucasfilm Ltd. Star Wars: Clone Wars will be a series of 20 animated shorts that will air on the Cartoon Network in 2003-2004 between other programming. Helming this new series is Genndy Tartakovsky, the acclaimed creator of "Samurai Jack" and "Dexter's Laboratory." The episodic shorts will be two- to three-minutes in length and will air exclusively on Cartoon Network at regularly scheduled times beginning this fall. For full details, plus the first-ever glimpse of artwork from Star Wars: Clone Wars, click here. Tartakovsky took some time from his busy production schedule to speak with starwars.com. "I was contacted because I've always been very vocal that I'm a Star Wars fan and would love to work on it," he said. "So, the Cartoon Network came up to me and asked me to put a little pitch together. We came up with this idea of doing a Clone Wars-style story with a Band of Brothers-feel to it -- where it's episodes of different battles and strategies during the Clone Wars. We went up to Lucasfilm and pitched it, and everyone enjoyed it, and it just came together." Click here for the full two-page interview with the creative force behind this exciting Star Wars chapter. Is anyone excited by this?