New ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Character Videos: The Original Chewbacca & Female Boba Fett

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Disney will be relaunching the animated branch of the Star Wars universe in 2014 with Star Wars Rebels, a series set during the twenty-year interim between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, exploring how the rise of the Galactic Empire and first beginnings of The Rebellion, with some central characters caught in the middle.

A carefully-orchestrated promotional rollout has been steadily introducing us to the characters and villains of Rebels. So far, we met former Jedi-turned-space cowboy, Kanan ( voice of Freddie Prinze Jr.); Ezra, a street rogue with mysterious Force powers (voice Taylor Gray); the grumpy droid Chopper and the cunning and evil Sith Lord known as The Inquisitor. Today, we add more names to the Rebels character roster.

In the video above you can find out all about Zeb (voice Steve Blum), the alien warrior whose design is inspired by the original Chewbacca concept by Original Trilogy conceptual designer, Ralph McQuarrie. In the video below, meet Sabine (voice Tiya Sircar), a female Mandalorian who sports a familiar-looking style of armor… (franchise icon Boba Fett is also Mandalorian).

Both Zeb and Sabine were teased at the 2014 Toy Fair, and became instant fan-fixations. Zeb seems like an interesting contradiction; an alien brute with the intelligent mind of a sophisticated warrior. The distinction of personality and intellect instantly makes him more than a “knock-off Chewbacca” to Kanan’s Luke/Han mashup personality.

Then there’s Sabine… When the Mandalorian armor is on and she’s infiltrating and/or sabotaging Imperial sites, she’s a pretty cool character. However, when that helmet comes off, and the ‘spunky, hipster street artist’ persona starts, Sabine (at least for me) becomes one of those obnoxious animated characters that looks like it was cooked up in a focus group. It was almost painful listening to the cast and crew of the show try and sell Sabine’s persona (from 1:20 on in the video).

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So far, Star Wars fans haven’t been all that quick to accept Rebels as a suitable replacement for Clone Wars. Whether it’s the premise, or the animation style, or what they are slowly-but-surely learning from each of these character featurettes, the new Disney era still doesn’t seem to be clicking into place with the core fanbase. And that’s a problem which could plague J.J. Abrams’s upcoming Episode VII movie, if the trend holds.

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Star Wars Rebels is expected to kick-off with an extended animated feature, airing on Disney XD sometime in 2014. Stay tuned for the premiere date.

Source: THR and Star Wars YouTube

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  1. Meh… I’d still rather have a live action Star Wars TV show from ABC. At least their not using pre existing Star Wars characters but I don’t like how there making a new race with Zebb. Because then you have a new planet or a new location that you’ll have to know about.

    • I’d agree with that, except I don’t want a Star Wars version of Agents Of Shield.

    • Huh??? You don’t like them using a new race because then you’ll have to know about it? Sorry, but that makes no sense. It’s not like you have study a textbook on his race. No one is testing you on this stuff. The fact that Zeb is based on the original design for Chewbecca is pretty freaking cool.

  2. ehhhhh

  3. Only thing that would make this series interesting to me is if Sam Witwer reprised the secret apprentice from Force Unleashed and he was a central part of the show

  4. why is it so hard to just have a wookie in a animated show? don’t the creators realize we love wookies? this would of been the perfect opportunity to reintroduce a new wookie character. was it that starwars christmas special that ruined it for the wookies?

    • Zeb is based on the original Chewbecca design. So he’s more of a nod to Chewbecca than any random Wookie would be.

  5. The animation style seems really goofy to me. Not really sure its something I would like but I’m not the demo they going for either.

  6. I’m not going to bash this until I watch the entire first season. I thought Clone Wars was crap for most of the first season, and I REALLY wanted to like it. Now I am trying to catch up with seasons 4 and 5 before 6 is on Netflix.

    That being said, it is obvious they are going to templates from the original trilogy, even using original Ralph McQuarrie drawings as inspiration. I don’t think this is a bad thing at all, and considering how much the prequels pulled away from the original design and feel of the classic trilogy, I’m all for going back to the original idea. Will they do it well? I’ll discuss it after the series has started.

    • Haven’t seen the new Clone Wars but I’m still looking to find Volume Two of the original Clone Wars animation that led directly into Episode 3. That was great, especially showing how Anakin got the scar and Grievous got the breathing problems.

      Total shame most people seem to forget that show’s existence.

      • I couldn’t find the entire series so I ended up getting it by other means. I remember watching it on Cartoon Network and it brought back some memories

        • Yeah, my brother paid a lot on ebay for Volume 2 on DVD but it’s a shame the store I bought Volume 1 from years and years ago went out of business because they had the DVD at the time but I didn’t pick it up when I had the chance.

  7. Totally ignorant to cancel Clone Wars. Could easily have had 2 shows. At keast end out Clone Wars with a full season that wraps everything up.

    • Thanks and amen to that brother !
      The feel here seems to be much more Disney kids aimed,sad !
      Clone Wars was pretty mature at times and throwback to old B Movies !!
      Sadly missed ! Disney Sucks !

    • i guess you didnt hear that the last season will be released on netflix!

  8. I think back to pre-Phantom Menace, when George was all excited about this great character, “Jar Jar Binks”. He couldn’t tell you anything about him other than he was completely CGI. Seemed he focused more on the CGI than the actual character. The rest is history.

    What I’m trying to say is, I’m going to give Rebels a chance. At least they’re genuinely trying to create diverse, complex characters that fit into the Star Wars Universe. I’m not saying it’s going to be the best thing ever, but I’m not going to kick it until I see it.

  9. The annoying thing was that it took Clone Wars 3 years to really find its feet and then after 2 strong seasons the Mouse gets it chopped.

    I’ll watch Rebels but I’ll be thinking of Clone Wars.

  10. The television show is meant to target the Disney XD audience, as well as the existing fan base. The films are meant to please THE MAJORITY of the fanbase and attract the general audience. It’s going to be interesting to see how Star Wars stacks up in a post prequel world. In 2015 kids born when Phantom Menace came out will be 16 and kids old enough to remember seeing it in theaters will be in their 20s. I’m 20 and the majority of my classmates have said they haven’t seen any Star Wars films because they didn’t like Episode I. It will be interesting to see if the interest is still there.

  11. Really excited 4 this, hopefully its a hit and not a total waste.
    But 1st clone wars on netflix catch up.
    Hope rebels is gonna be as great as clone wars.
    +I like what disney’s done with marvel so hope that they will do a good job of star wars!!!

  12. Star Wars fans are generally the biggest group of complainers of any group on Earth. They will complain about everything related to Star Wars and still spend their entire paycheck on Star Wars stuff. Like all other TV shows, the success of this show will be based on actual ratings, DVD/Blu Ray sales, etc. and not on message board comments speculating whether someone will like a show that they barely know anything about. The Clone Wars movie was not well-received and the first season of the TV show took awhile to get some real traction going. I think this show will be fine. They have basically the entire production and design team from the Clone Wars show plus Greg Weisman and no George Lucas to screw things up and direct them to the show into weird story arc directions. If you liked the Clone Wars show, I don’t know why you wouldn’t trust that group to do the same quality job with this show.

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