‘Star Wars Rebels’ Extended Trailer; Preview Screening at Comic-Con 2014

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J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII won’t have a presence at the 2014 International Comic-Con in San Diego this week; Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm are instead bringing the first canonical installment in the new Star Wars order, the animated series Star Wars Rebels, and will host a preview screening during the ‘Con. Ahead of then, however, an extended trailer for the Rebels TV show has dropped online (watch it above) – one that does the best job of selling this series out of the promos released to date, in this writer’s opinion.

Rebels, as the extended trailer breaks down, takes place between Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope – with Emperor Palpatine’s Galactic Empire having only begun to tighten its iron grip on the Star Wars galaxy. The timeline of the series will allow for certain familiar characters to pop up during the show’s run (see: Obi-Wan Kenobi in the new trailer), but the vast majority of Rebels‘ players – members of the Rebellion and Imperials alike - are going to newcomers to the franchise.

The focus in the latest Rebels trailer (and, without a doubt, the show itself) is Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray), a young man from humble beginnings, who falls in with a ragtag team of characters – including Jedi-in-disguise Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) and Mandalorian (and… um, part-time hipster street artist) Sabine (Tiya Sircar) – who, together, help to form a larger, more organized resistance against the Empire.

Basically, in terms of its story components, Rebels appears to derive certain elements from A New Hope (Ezra as the Luke Skywalker-esque protagonist on a hero’s journey), but marries them with “family on a spaceship” tropes (see: Star Trek, Firefly, etc.). Indeed, just as The Operative relentlessly pursues the Firefly clan in the film Serenity, the Rebels crew find themselves being pursued by both Imperial Agent Kallus (David Oyelowo) and the mysterious Inquisitor (Jason Isaacs). Rebels‘ extended trailer also nicely lays out why both of these villains end up being called upon to hunt down the show’s heroes.

star wars rebels pilot comic con Star Wars Rebels Extended Trailer; Preview Screening at Comic Con 2014

As detailed in the above poster, a select number of the people who make the journey to San Diego for the International Comic-Con this year will get to preview Rebels before everyone else does – as the show’s one-hour pilot won’t air until later this year. As mentioned before, though, the TV series will also have a panel at the 2014 International Comic-Con, where additional material from the series will be shown – as detailed in the official description below.

The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Room 6BCF

The Empire. The Rebellion. The Beginning. Star Wars Rebels, Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated animated series detailing the start of the fight against the evil Empire, is coming this fall — but fans can get a big sneak peek at San Diego Comic-Con.

Lucasfilm’s special panel, The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels, will feature executive producer Dave Filoni, as well as the first panel appearance by executive producer Simon Kinberg and stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Gray. They’ll discuss making the show and will reveal exclusive content from the upcoming series for fans in attendance.

star wars rebels trailer Star Wars Rebels Extended Trailer; Preview Screening at Comic Con 2014

Based on the latest trailer, it seems as though Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni – working alongside writer/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and producer Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Young Justice) – may now have a stronger hold on how to create a Star Wars series that works as both kids’ entertainment and an exploration of more complex stories set within the sci-fi/fantasy universe of Star Wars – similar to the later seasons on the animated Clone Wars TV series, which Filoni oversaw.

No doubt, there will still be some sticking points for certain Star Wars fans (see: mixed reactions thus far to the show’s Ralph McQuarrie artwork-inspired aesthetic); not to mention, the possibility that the newest preview might ultimately not prove to be an accurate reflection of the show’s general tone and style. However, for the time being, what’s been show has got us interested in taking this return trip to an animated galaxy far, far away. Of course, feel free to let us know how you feel, in the comments section of this article.

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More: Possible Episode VII & Rebels Villain Connections

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San Diego Comic-Con 2014 takes place from July 24-27th this week, so stay tuned for our coverage (which shall include the Rebels panel).

Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney XD in Fall 2014.

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  1. Greg Weisman, creator of the cartoons ‘Gargoyles’ and ‘Young Justice’ is a part of the creative team for this show. His presence alone gives it a good chance to be awesome.

    Cartoons with the depth and humor to appeal to adults and kids alike are in short supply these days. Here’s hoping this turns out to be worthy of the Star Wars mantle…and that it gets enough time to tell a proper story.

    (Unlike Young Justice, Tron:Uprising, Avengers:EMH, etc)

  2. watching this trailer and the music made want to play that old Nintendo 64 star wars game

    • That’s funny, considering that the visuals of this show look like a video game cutscene from 1996, which would be fine if it wasn’t 2014. Today I except a bit more quality, to be honest.

      Also, the voice mixing/editing completely disregards the environment, small room, big room. No difference. No echo, nothing. That all seems a bit “amateur hour” to me. ;)

      • As someone that has played Shadows of the Empire recently… The graphics for this show are much better (as in there’s no point in even drawing a comparison). That game is way more polygony than you may remember…

        Also, considering it premiers in October, I wouldn’t be surprised if the audio work isn’t done. The Clone Wars was VERY well produced (especially the later seasons) and this production crew is very similar. Definitely not amateurs. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.

        Other than that, I think it looks awesome. Not nearly as kiddie as I was anticipating.

  3. Oh…..Guardians of the galaxy far far away. Its just missing a tree.

  4. Lookin’ good. Star Wars lives on with Dave Filoni, regardless of what Abrams gets up to. This trailer may work better than the previous one because they didn’t show Sabine “tagging” anything. That’s the one element I wonder about – too present-day-Earth-ish? Also, using Obi-Wan as a Greek Chorus works well too, but didn’t the Republic and Jedi fall a long time before this? Or is that a flashback and he went grey overnight?

    • I got the impression that was an old recording. Check that scene again, Ezra is just seeing it. That likely means Kanan has been carrying it around for a few years. It’s like his last ties to the Jedi order since they’re scattered.

  5. Forget all that you know… you must unlearn what you have learned…

  6. Forgive me…but with a Title like “Rebels” and the story arc between eps III and IV I as a fan wanna see some Vader action…he’s like the real Bad Ass that hunts Jedi’s…and just as I was comment with some other SW fans is that it hasn’t been any movie or series that shows a real scary, bad and really imponent Darth Vader…I don´t wanna get into the expanded universe or sort..but..I think that Darth Vader deserves to be shown ans the real BADASS that he is….

    • I’ve got a strong feeling he’ll be around. It’s just not a show explicitly about him.

  7. With both Greg Wiseman and Dave Filoni at the helm, I’m super excited for this show. I just hope it gets a chance to fully tell its story and doesn’t get cancelled early like with The Clone Wars.

    • I agree. I gave up on The Clone Wars during Season 2, but have since caught up on all the shows. It really hit its stride during season 3, and I would have loved to see more. I think one of the best things about the prequels is it led to The Clone Wars.

      • That’s exactly why I’m looking forward to this. The Clone Wars was wrapped up so that they could make this movie. The Clone Wars was a holdover of the Star Wars Prequels, but there’s a new Star Wars now. They need to wrap up and tie together the OT and the PT (Clone Wars Season 6 started that) so they can fill the cracks in the foundation for Episode VII and spinoffs.

        That’s what excites me.

  8. I never did like The Clone Wars that much. But From what I have seen of this I am really looking forward to it.