‘Star Wars Rebels’ 7-Minute Preview; Premieres in October

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The upcoming Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels is the next canonical installment in the Star Wars franchise – not to mention, the start of the Disney-backed Star Wars universe. A seven minute excerpt from the show’s premiere episode (see above) has been released online; said clip takes place on the planet Lothal and introduces four of the show’s main characters, including the young street urchin Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray) and Jedi-in-disguise Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze, Jr.).

Rebels‘ animation style was inspired by Ralph McQuarrie’s conceptual artwork for the original Star Wars movie trilogy, which accounts for elements such as the more figurative (or, rather, “cartoony”) design of the stormtrooper’s helmets, as well as the soft feel of the world’s design in general. The Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series, which is also part of the Star Wars canon, has a harder look than Rebels – so certain longtime fans will have to adjust to the renovated visual template of the Star Wars cartoon universe.

Clone Wars began as more of a kid-friendly space adventure series, before (during its later season) it shifted to exploring more adult subject matter and digging deeper into the complicated psychology of such familiar characters as Yoda and Anakin Skywalker. Rebels executive producer Simon Kinberg, whose fellow EP on this new Star Wars show is Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni, has said the series – which takes place between Episode III and Episode IV – will likewise eventually begin to examine darker narrative material that concerns “the impact of the Empire.”

star wars rebels preview Star Wars Rebels 7 Minute Preview; Premieres in October

At the same time, however, Rebels will (according to Kinberg) have a sense of “fun and adventure and swashbuckling” that harkens back to the first Star Wars movie trilogy. That’s very much the vibe that’s given off by the seven-minute excerpt from the series’ premiere episode.

Previously-released clips from the series have also teased a mix of whiz-bang action and playfulness, but the full-length Rebels trailer arguably does the best job out of the previews unveiled thus far – when it comes to teasing both the show’s light-hearted elements and the darker story material that Kinberg mentioned. Director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII may well share tonal qualities with Rebels in those respects (as well as larger story and character connections according to the rumor mill).

Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney XD with a one-hour special in October 2014.

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  1. Looks like fun, but I’m still not liking the overly clean and soft graphics too much.

    Having said that: I’ve started watching Clone Wars and it’s growing on me. I liked the space battle stuff with the Malevolence cruiser. The Y-Wings were a surpise. I didn’t expect them to mix prequel and original trilogy designs.

    • And it only gets better from there, wait till you see the opening arc of season 4, one of my favourites. I agree on Rebels, looks like they are making it more child friendly than Clone Wars.

  2. The dialogue was terrible…and the lack of music made this a huge bore. I think I’ll pass.

    • They are still working on the scoring and sound mix. That aspect is still far from complete.

      • I hope that’s true, I want to enjoy it, as a semi Star Wars fan, but just this, maybe if it was owned by Cartoon Network it’d be a little more my taste.

      • What they do have for music and sound is great, though. The speeder bike and TIE fighter effects sound awesome.

        Also, some really nostalgic musical hints.

  3. Yeah, i don’t like the kid friendly vibe it’s giving off…

    • Well, they still blow up people in cold blood. It’s not THAT kid friendly. 😉

      • Hopefully it’s pretty violent… Still no blood… I wish they would put this on HBO and make it awesome…

        • If you are watching a Star Wars anything and expecting blood than you will be disappointed.

  4. For an initial sneak peek, I can give it a watch. For now, it doesn’t appear to be a great shift from the great Avengers EMH, to the unwatchable Avengers Assemble.

  5. It really feels like something taken out of the original trilogy. And Im totally fine with that

  6. That was great! Really looking forward to this. It just seems that people are hating on this just for the sake of hating, what with being blinded by their love of The Clone Wars and all (look I love that show too but it’s time to move on).

  7. Yup. The same people that hated on the Clone Wars at the start. Look at them now. They’ll come around

  8. Aladdin from a galaxy far far away. I can dig it though. Loved the Clone Wars.

  9. I don’t get Disney XD, but if i did I would watch this. Looks like a fun show.

  10. Not bad. I like the overall art style and generally prefer it over the clone wars. Feels likes your in a Ralph McQuarrie art work, though I feel the character models could still be improved in terms of detail and texture.

  11. Too kid-friendly. Why are the characters constantly talking to themselves? It’s annoying and pointless. A sign of filler-writing = bad writing. Unless this series improves quickly, I will pass.

  12. Hate to say it but I was disappointed and bored to the point of zoning out while watching it. Hope they beef up the music in the final cut. But like others said above, not a fan of the look and tone. Felt like watching a video game cut scene.

    • Do you EVER have anything nice to say or do you just revel in being a cynic?

      • Flushman, I presume?

        I have high standards. I’ve never said a cynical word about Game of Thrones or any Christopher Nolan movie for example.

        When shows/movies I’m looking forward to and that I want to succeed fall short, I have something to say about it.

        Stinks when someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t it? Bet you wish you could censor everyone. Too bad.

  13. Saw the 7 minute preview last night. It looks vaguely Macquarie inspired, but not completely. His paintings were much more detailed. It’s nice to see some of his empire designs though. Sadly, the writing is not good. The dialogue was bad and the characters talk to themselves. That is called unnecessary exposition. Star Wars should have better writers by now. It’s embarrassing. I hope this gets better quick or I will not watch. I will give it a chance because the Clone Wars movie was terrible too, but the series improved. It’s just that having gone through the clone wars already, the rebels team should be starting from a better. Than this.

  14. Also it was kind of weird to see stormtroopers, which are human beings, mowed down with less resistance or thought then battle droids were. They are cannon fodder. They are no real threat, even to a kid.. I thought these were the dark times?

    • Stormtroopers have always been cannon fodder and this doesn’t look like an important work, seems like some backwater planet; so, maybe these aren’t A-Team stormtroopers. Also, kids show.

  15. “Rebels” is too “Star Wars” cliche’.