Reasons To Be Excited for Star Wars Rebels
by Johnamarie Macias (@BlueJaigEyes)
After five amazing and critically-acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a new animated series has been announced by Lucasfilm, Star Wars Rebels. Set to premiere in Fall 2014, this new action-adventure series will take place between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. According to the Star Wars press release, “Star Wars Rebels takes place 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.”
Color me excited! As a big fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, I was highly disappointed when the cancellation was announced back in March 2013. Since then, fans have gathered together to write letters, sign petitions, and show their undying support and love for the series. Although this truly seems like the end for The Clone Wars, fans should remember that the show was instrumental in bridging the gap between Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, inspiring a whole new generation of Star Wars fans, and rekindling the love for Star Wars within older fans.
So why should you be excited for Star Wars Rebels? Let’s start off with the production team. The creative minds behind the new series include supervising director from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and now as an executive producer Dave Filoni, screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg as an executive producer, and executive producer Greg Weisman. Also returning are key collaborators from The Clone Wars, including art director Kilian Plunkett and CG supervisor Joel Aron. Needless to say, the show is definitely in good hands.
What else should you be excited to see? In a video interview, Dave Filoni and Joel Aron confirmed that the series will visually encompass the color palette and essence from the much beloved concept art of the late Ralph McQuarrie, who designed the original Star Wars trilogy. Star Wars: The Clone Wars also drew inspiration from McQuarrie’s work as seen in the fifteenth episode of season one, “Trespass,” when the design process turned to McQuarrie’s concept paintings of Hoth. The incorporation of those elements will surely attract old trilogy fans and introduce younger fans to the phenomenal artwork of a legendary artist.
Could it also be possible that fans of The Clone Wars might see characters from the 2008 series? At the end of the fifth season, there are various characters left roaming through the galaxy: Hondo Ohnaka, Cad Bane, Asajj Ventress, Darth Maul, Boba Fett, and fan favorite Ahsoka Tano. Although there are some bonus content arcs that fans are still waiting to see, we really do not know what adventures these characters have taken up after the end of the series. The possibilities are endless and nothing is better than an unexpected appearance of a character from a different era.
Lastly, although there are no details yet about casting, this fan of The Clone Wars hopes that some talent from the 2008 series returns for Star Wars Rebels. James Arnold Taylor did an amazing Obi-Wan Kenobi for the past five years and we all know Dee Bradley Baker is a man of immeasurable talent. So many wonderful voice actors to choose from and here’s hoping we hear some familiar voices.
Fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe this July in Messe Essen, Germany, will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. If you are a new fan looking to get into the Star Wars fun, this is your chance to jump in and become part of a world-wide family full of Jedi, Sith, Wookiees, Padawans, scoundrels, pirates, bounty hunters, and more! Current fans already know the deal: tune in and may the Force be with you.
Star Wars Rebels will premiere in Fall 2014 as a one-hour special on the Disney Channel, followed by a series on Disney XD.