Special 7 minute preview of Star Wars Rebels

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Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. The clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost is amongst a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.

7 minute special preview below:

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Meet Star Wars newest villain, Agent Kallus

Star-Wars-Rebels-Image-4Set between Episodes III and IV (that’s Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope to you and me), Star Wars: Rebels is the latest animated series carrying on the legacy started way back in 1977 when my eyes first opened to witness the brilliance of blaster fire. The animated series will build on the success of The Clone Wars (currently screening its sixth season exclusively on Netflix), Rebels will take up the mantle of the Star Wars legacy.

Here’s another teaser…

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Official Press Release:

Agent Kallus, one of the Empire’s leading enforcers in the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series, is a major threat for the Ghostcrew’s small band of heroes.

 Revealed here in this special behind-the-scenes video, Kallus is an Imperial Security Bureau (ISB) agent. According to David Oyelowo, who plays Agent Kallus, he’s ruthless, unforgiving, and an example of the Empire’s tyranny. “His job,” says Oyelowo, “is to basically make sure everyone stays loyal. And anyone who gives a whiff of disloyalty has to be cut out. So, I guess you could safely say he’s a bad guy.”

 Lucasfilm’s Carrie Beck, director of creative content strategy, thinks Oyelowo is more than convincing as Kallus. “David brings a voice that is very authoritative and very commanding and very cool,” she says, “without betraying any sense of insecurity or weakness.” As seen in the video’s concept art and animation, Kallus wears classic gray Imperial military attire along with a threatening helmet for field missions, and has distinct angled facial hair.

 According to art director Kilian Plunkett, “He’s pretty literally a rebel hunter. His whole task is to investigate any sort of instance of local insurgency and see if it’s the beginnings of what could become a rebellion.” Moreover, he’s ambitious, and sees any victory over rebels as something he can use to climb the ranks of the Empire. Kallus is not in the position to command a fleet of Star Destroyers, adds executive producer Dave Filoni. Kallus is on the ground, leading stormtroopers in face-to-face battles against anti-Imperial groups — and his combat skills are impressive, including the use of a modified version of Zeb’s honor guard staff.

 “I don’t know that Kallus would think that what he’s doing is really evil,” Filoni says. “He’s just doing his job for the Empire, and he believes in the Empire…So, Kallus — definitely an interesting character and one to watch out for. Especially if you’re a rebel.”

Star Wars Rebels coming soon

Just after I wrote about the sixth series of Clone Wars, I started to find material on Rebels, a cartoon that failed to set my sock on fire when I first read of it. However, the videos which recently hit the web have changed my mind for the better.

Set between Episodes III and IV (Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope to you and me), the latest animated Star Wars series takes a very different approach to its predecessor and follows the rebellion. With Dave Filoni (Clone Wars), Greg Weismann (Young Justice) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class and the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII spin-off) on hand as executive producers, this should be an outstanding cartoon worth checking out. Details have been slowly coming through (toys have debuted giving fans an idea of what they will see) but now we have three character-centric videos that offer up much more information.

Meet Kanan

Meet Chopper

Meet Ezra

Teaser

The series will premiere in the Fall with a special one hour showing on Disney XD.

Star Wars The Clone Wars is back for a sixth season!

star wars clone wars logoA universe at war, the future of the Republic hangs in the balance as the Separatist Army seeks nothing short of total domination. Filling in the space between episodes and 4, the Clone Wars cartoon has been a tour de force for the Star Wars mythology. Each season grew more ambitious and expansive than what came before. After five years, the program came to an end… until today.
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Via GeeksOfDoom:

Almost a year ago it was announced that the popular Cartoon Network animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars was being cancelled, and that a new animated series was being planned. The new series was later revealed as Star Wars Rebels, which will begin airing on Disney XD in the fall of this year (watch the teaser trailer here).

It seemed as if we had heard the last of The Clone Wars, but not so fast. Out of nowhere, it has been announced that a sixth and final season of the series is still on the way.

Season six of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will not air on Cartoon Network, however. Instead, the entire 13-episode final season will be released on Netflix on March 7th.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos had this to say about the announcement:

“Stars Wars is one of the most iconic franchises of all time and this series joins a long line of Disney content that Netflix members are and will continue to enjoy for years to come. The Clone Wars marks an important moment as Netflix welcomes more and more first-run content from The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries.”

In addition to the new season, previous seasons of the show will also be added, as well as multiple director’s cut episodes that have never been aired before.

Get ready for Star Wars Rebels

Official press release below:

star-wars-rebel-allianceNEW ANIMATED SERIES STAR WARS REBELS COMING FALL 2014

May 20, 2013

Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class,Sherlock HolmesMr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young JusticeThe Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we’re thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD’s viewers.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”

The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen.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. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.

Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. Casting will be announced at a later date. More information about this developing project will be found on StarWars.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/starwarsrebels.

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Star Wars : The Clone Wars and the future of Lucasfilm animation

Official press release:

clonewarslogoA NEW DIRECTION FOR LUCASFILM ANIMATION

March 11, 2013

As we enter into an exciting new era focused on the next Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm has decided to pursue a new direction in animated programming. We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming. You can expect more details in the months to come.

As part of this shift, we have also made some key decisions affecting Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Detours.

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. In the video below, Supervising Director Dave Filoni offers a peek of what is to come in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

At Star Wars Celebration VI last year, George Lucas gave fans a glimpse at the animated comedy series Star Wars Detours from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes. Detours was conceived and produced before we decided to move forward with the new Star Wars trilogy, and in the wake of that decision, Lucasfilm has reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense. As a result, we’ve decided to postpone the release of Detours until a later date.

We are incredibly proud of the teams at Lucasfilm Animation for creating some of the most amazing animation ever produced for TV. Keep checking StarWars.com for new developments on these and future projects.

Ahsoka Faces Her Greatest Challenge in final Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Drama mounts as Star Wars: The Clone Wars nears completion…

Official press release below:

ashoka_WrongJediThe shocking finale to Season 5 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars has arrived, with major revelations that will leave characters forever changed. Ahsoka is wrongly accused for sedition and murder, and is to be prosecuted in the High Courts of the Galactic Republic by a zealous Admiral Tarkin. Seemingly abandoned, Ahsoka’s last hope lies in Anakin Skywalker, who hunts the Coruscant underworld for the real murderer in “The Wrong Jedi,” Saturday, March 2nd at 9:30am ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

This episode – the culmination of five years of development of Ahsoka Tano’s character and her relationship with Anakin – is personally helmed by Dave Filoni, who serves as episodic director in addition to being the supervising director for the series. Underscoring the significance of the finale, composer Kevin Kiner arranged an orchestral score for this episode to better resemble the full, classical score found in the Star Wars feature films.

Ahsoka Escapes to the Criminal Depths of Coruscant in Star Wars: The Clone Wars!

Ashoka descends to the legendary level 1313 in the latest installment of the Clone Wars series finale!

Official press release below:

The Fugitive Ahsoka Escapes to the Criminal Depths of Coruscant

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Ahsoka is on the run from the Republic in the deepest levels of the Coruscant underworld. Her search for answers leads to a surprising alliance, as she needs all the help she can get to unravel the conspiracy and stay ahead of the law in “To Catch a Jedi,” Saturday, February 23rd at 9:30am ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

Episode Trivia:

· First appearance of level 1313

· Among the in-joke stops on the subtram map are “Burbank,” “LAAC,” “Valley Village,” “Sunset,” “Beverly Blvd,” “North Hollywood,” “Laurel Canyon,” “Big Rock Ranch,” “RGC,” “Letterman,” “Skywalker Ranch,” “Lucasville,” “Coach House,” and “Filoniville.”