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According to wiki on Wikipedia about Star Wars canon:

The official Star Wars canon consists of the seven released Star Wars theatrical feature films, the Star Wars animated film and television series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, and any other material released after April 25, 2014, unless otherwise stated.

I watched The Clone Wars television series and always thought that it happens between Episode II and Episode III, but when whatching Episodes II and III again, I became confused...

What about Grievous in the 3rd episode movie not recognizing Anakin? Was The Clone Wars "forced" to become canonical or are there some arguments to explain it?

*Note, The Clone Wars is not in continuity or canon with Clone Wars it's spiritual predecessor cartoon series.

  • it wasn't "forced" to become canonical, but the show was created after the movie, so all of grievous and anakin's actions during the clone wars are technically a retcon. – phantom42 Dec 23 '15 at 13:46
  • Ok, but if Disney consider the Clone Wars cartoon canonical, they would have some arguments to maintain their decision, I think so, or they would explain later... – kokbira Dec 23 '15 at 14:23
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    Looking at Grievous' bio on Wookieepedia, I'm actually not seeing any instances where Anakin and Grievous actually met during the Clone Wars series. There are instances where they were in the same location, but Obi-Wan was always the one to fight Grievous while Anakin completed other tasks. – phantom42 Dec 23 '15 at 15:12
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I'm not entirely sure what your question is here, but to confirm: The Clone Wars takes place between Epsiodes II and Episodes III. Lucas has confirmed this himself in interviews:

Q: Why is it important for you to tell the story of The Clone Wars?

A: The interesting thing about the Clone Wars is that in the films, in the normal course of the Skywalker saga, it’s skipped over. You hear about it, but you only see the very beginning and the very end of the wars. But this was a turning point for the Republic. Star Wars: The Clone Wars connects Episodes II and III. As a TV series, it gives more depth and understanding about how Republic fell, and what a fantastic hero Anakin Skywalker was. We got focused on him turning into Darth Vader, that it’s easy to forget that he was one of the biggest heroes of the entire Clone War. I think seeing him as a great Jedi Knight reminds you that before it gets dark and tragic, Star Wars is a fun adventure story, too.

With regards to the General Grievous / Anakin Skywalker continuity errors (i.e. them not knowing each other), I'm not aware of any time in the prequels they actually met. They may have been aware of each other, but that doesn't mean they'd recognise each other.

Of course, that doesn't mean there aren't other discrepancies in the series. Our friends over at the Sci Fi Stack have had a question on major continuity problems created by the series and responded with a few. To lift and shift them from the posted link:

From: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Retcon

"Since Episode IV, the Republic was known to have fought the Clone Wars, and the EU added several other conflicts, such as the Great Sith War; but in Episode II, it was stated that "there hasn't been a full-scale war since the formation of the Republic." The above-mentioned Ruusan Reformation also handled this discrepancy."

"Timothy Zahn, in his Thrawn trilogy, cast the Clone Masters as the opponent of the Galactic Republic in the Clone Wars, as several authors of the '90s considered that the cloners and their clones were the "villains." However, after Attack of the Clones revealed the clones were on the Republic's side, the Clone Masters were retconned into being renegades who did not attack until after the formation of the Empire."

From: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Clone_Wars_(TV_series)

"One example of a direct contradiction between The Clone Wars and Clone Wars is the use of Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptors at the same point in the timeline Anakin is knighted, whereas in The Clone Wars Delta-7B Aethersprite-class light interceptors are used, which were ostensibly used before the later Eta-2s. "

"For example, in the novelization, Anakin remarks that he has only read about Grievous' Magnaguards in an intel report, despite having fought them in the show."

"Another very noticeable continuity error is the fact that Anakin has his scar which he received shortly after the Battle of Rendili from Asajj Ventress. He then injured Ventress so severely she was forced to recuperate until the Battle of Boz Pity, after which she deserts the CIS and the war for good. However, as he was originally shown to receive his scar in 19 BBY, yet the series takes place in 21 BBY, this is a glaring continuity error."

Thanks to @Sam for these.

I think that ultimately, in a universe of this size, discrepancies are bound to occur. The largest, most noticeable ones were retconned. The others were likely not.

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