Animated Star Wars spin-off The Clone Wars has been cancelled after five seasons.

As news about the upcoming Star Wars Vii movie circulates, the franchise's Tv hit for kids is ending.

A statement from officials at LucasFilm reads: "After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we feel the time has come to wind down the series.

"While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we're continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content."

The show debuted in 2008 and was a critical and audience hit.