The last main character for Disney XD‘s Star Wars: Rebels has been officially revealed. Hera is a Twi’lek pilot and owner of Ghost, the show’s primary spaceship and the traveling home of our motley band of rebel heroes. (more…)
Recently, Disney and Lucasfilm have been slowly revealing the characters of their new animated series, Star Wars Rebels. Set during the rise of Empire, Star Wars Rebels will focus on the early days of the rebellion and specifically on the crew of the Ghost. We’ve already met Chopper, the cantankerous mechanic droid, Kanan, the “cowboy Jedi” and the young con artist, Ezra, with a mysterious connectiong to the force. Two more characters have been revealed, Zeb and Sabine, who you’ll meet below. But first, has Star Trek‘s Brent Spiner snagged a role on Rebels? (more…)
There are two new promo teasers making the rounds for Disney‘s new animated Star Wars series, Star Wars: Rebels. It’s our first chance to see the lead character Ezra in action and hear Taylor Gray‘s voice work. (more…)
For the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series – Disney‘s first Star Wars project – we’ve met the bad guy and the requisite astro droid. Today, Lucasfilm unveiled the cartoon’s first human character, Kanan, a Jedi survivor who swapped his lightsaber for a blaster in order to keep up appearances. (more…)
What’s that you hear? Only the collective groan of every Star Wars: The Clone Wars fan who applauded that series’ willingness to explore darker, and often more mature story lines. Its Disney-approved replacement, Star Wars Rebels, will focus on the period between Episodes III and IV during a time when the Empire was struggling to control the galaxy and rid it of the last surviving Jedi. A fascinating time period to be sure, and one I think fans are excited to see explored. Just, not through the eyes of a bunch of teenagers.
Bleeding Cool has the scoop on the casting breakdown for the new animated series – what is with them and scoring Star Wars casting lists, huh? – and it appears to feature a group of teenagers, rebellious teenagers it seems. So the Rebels of the title refers not only to beginnings of the Rebel Alliance, but the experience of rebellious teenagers living in this tumultuous time.
But before we freak out about Disney making Star Wars too kid friendly, Bleeding Cool’s Brendon Connelly reminds us, “It’s really the norm for Star Wars to be about youth.” Luke, Anakin, and Ahsoka were all young, rebellious teenagers, and as they grew up and went on wild adventures of discovery the stories would take on more mature themes. I’m not making a ruling on Rebels until I see it, though I’d be lying if I’m not a little disappointed to hear our protagonists are a group of kids.
Star Wars Rebels is expected to air on Disney XD next year.
What do you think about Rebels, not unlike Episode VII, focusing on a group of younglings?
Hot off the announcement of their new Star Wars animated series, Disney has made the pilot episode for their new Marvel cartoon, Avengers Assemble, available early and for free. The series is set to premiere on May 26th with a two-parter on Disney XD, but only the first part has been made available early. All part of move to build some buzz for the series before its premiere, you can download it for free from iTunes.
Not gonna lie, I’m still holding a grudge about the cancellation of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, which only happened because they wanted an animated series more in line with the big screen version of the team. Something they couldn’t possibly have integrated into their already established show. Uh-huh. Yep. No way, they could have managed that.
Anyway, give it a watch and let us now what you think!
Though I’m still grieving the unfair cancellation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this announcement of a new Disney/Lucasfilm animated series, Star Wars Rebels may be a damn good appeasement. Coming from many of the same talented folks who brought us The Clone Wars, like supervising director Dave Filoni, and new faces screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class,Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) and executive producer Greg Weisman (Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Gargoyles), this series will be exploring the time period between Episodes III and IV. And while it’s not exactly what I asked for – personally, I’m dying for a series set between IV and V – it will involve much of the aesthetic of the original trilogy and that makes me giddy.
The most we know about Star Wars Rebels is it will focus on, “in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.” Other details are being kept completely under wraps. But, that bit about “hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights” gives me hope we may see the return of Anakin’s former padawan, Clone Wars breakout star, and general, all around ass kicker, Ahsoka Tano. She didn’t die at the end of Clone Wars like many of us thought she would so there’s a good chance she’d be one of those surviving Jedi. Hey, it’s something for them to think about, and I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only Clone Wars fan who’d like to see some connection between the two series.
Hit the jump for the full press release, but before that, check out this video of Filoni discussing what he can – very little – of Rebels,
Okay, how cool is it to hear they’re looking at Ralph McQuarrie‘s work for inspiration!? I hope we see some designs real soon. What are you thinking of Rebels? It’s schedule to premiere with a one hour special on Disney in the fall of 2014, with a full series to follow on Disney XD.
Perhaps it’s a sign of the times, but TRON just isn’t as cool as it used to be. Or maybe it wasn’t ever. To wit, the ratings for the animated series prequel/sequel TRON: Uprising have kind of tanked sine the show premiered, and if there’s any hope at all for a season two, then it lies with you, the viewer, says producer Edward Kitsis.
Let’s go to the begging, already in progress:
“I don’t know what the future [of Tron: Uprising] is now. I know at the present, I can say we need more viewers. I’m so proud of that show and I love that show and anyone who watches it loves that show. The problem is, not enough people are watching it. And so I would love to sound the alarm, because I love the characters and the world and it’s really… It’s a shame that more people aren’t watching it, because I think they’re missing out.
At this point, I don’t believe its fate has been decided. So if people keep watching, then there’s still a chance. Please watch. Tell your friends!”
TRON: Uprising follows a young(?) program voiced by Elijah Wood who’s being trained by TRON to lead a rebellion. The story takes place between the original TRON and TRON Legacy. I haven’t seen the show, but even if it sucks only half as hard as TRON Legacy, that’s still twice as much suckage as I’m willing to tolerate.
How about you, Bastards. Are you going to let Kitsis’ begging persuade you to watch the show?