'Star Wars Rebels' 3-Minute Short: Chopper Saves the Day

While all eyes may currently be on Star Wars: Episode VII, which doesn't release in theaters until late next year, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's first trip into canon together is actually the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels. Set between Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, Rebels will chronicle the creation of the Rebel Alliance, whose mission is to take down the tyrannical Galactic Empire and restore the Republic.

In a series of character videos, fans were introduced to the series' leads, Jedi Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Twi’lek pilot Hera (Vanessa Marshall), alien warrior Zeb (Steven Blum) and Mandalorian Sabine (Tiya Sircar). These four along with new recruit Ezra (Taylor Gray) are instrumental in getting the Rebel Alliance up and running, but of course, they must also contend with Rebel hunters like Agent Kallus (David Oyelowo) and The Inquisitor (Jason Isaacs).

An extended trailer released just before Comic-Con and a few subsequent previews have teased that Rebels will for the most part be a fun action adventure story. For now that seems to hold true, judging by Disney XD's newly released short above, titled 'The Machine in the Ghost.' Three more shorts are scheduled to premiere over the next few weeks.

In the short, the Ghost crew handles an attack by TIE fighters. Hera pilots the ship while Kanan shoots down the Imperials, but it's up to astromech droid Chopper to save the day. Not only does the short take viewers through what appears to be a typical Star Wars space battle, it also surprisingly hints at a possible relationship brewing between Kanan and Hera when the two squabble during the fight and then make up.

As a taste of what to expect from Star Wars Rebels, the short seems to be a step in the right direction. It showcases a similar vibe and energy to A New Hope, even employing the classic music that fans love so much along with very similar cinematography. Let's just say that fans nostalgic for the Original Trilogy could find a lot to love in the new series if this short is any indication.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Does the new short make you excited for Star Wars Rebels? Do you like the nods to A New Hope or do you think it's a bit too much? Let us know in the comments.

Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney XD in October 2014.

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