Western Animation: Star Wars Rebels
"We have been called criminals, but we are not. We are rebels, fighting for the people. Fighting for you... I see what the Empire has done to your lives, your family, and your freedom. It's only gonna get worse. Unless we stand up and fight back. It won't be easy; there'll be loss, and sacrifice, but we can't back down just because we're afraid — that's when we need to stand the tallest. That's what my parents taught me. That's what my new family helped me remember. Stand up together, because that's when we're strongest: as one!"Star Wars Rebels
is a CGI Western Animation
series in the Star Wars
franchise, produced by Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm Animation with the distinction of being the first Star Wars
project released following Disney's acquisition of the franchise in their takeover of Lucasfilm.
Set between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hopenote
, as the Galactic Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights, a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking form. The series premiered on October 3, 2014 as a one-hour special on Disney Channel and aired regularly on Disney XD starting October 13. Dave Filoni
, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman
have all been announced as executive producers, though Weisman will be leaving the show after the first season.
The show is also notable for being greenlit for a second season before
the premiere of the television movie, which aired a little over a week before the series itself did, based on positive fan reception at private screenings alone. Freddy Prinze Jr., who plays Kanan on the show, has stated that this season will be "nearly twice as long" as the first.
While the show primarily focuses on an entirely new case of characters, it has also brought back talent from the movies into the series itself
. James Earl Jones
reprises his role as Darth Vader for "Spark of Rebellion" and "Fire Across The Galaxy", Anthony Daniels lends his voice to C-3PO in "Droids in Distress", Frank Oz
returns as the voice of Yoda for "Path of the Jedi", and Billy Dee Williams reprises his role as Lando Calrissian for "Idiot's Array". Interestingly, while neither Ewan McGregor
(Obi-Wan Kenobi) nor Jimmy Smits (Bail Organa) reprise their roles, their voice actors from Star Wars: The Clone Wars
(James Arnold Taylor
and Phil La Marr
, respectively) came back for cameos. Stephen Stanton, who played Wilhuff Tarkin in The Clone Wars
, also returned to reprise his role here.
A prequel novel released about a month before the start of the series, A New Dawn
, provides backstory about two of the show's major characters: Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla. A prequel comic further detailing the past of Kanan Jarrus is slated to come out in April 2015, set at the very end of the Clone Wars and the beginning of the Dark Times; the first five issues (collectively known as "The Last Padawan") will be written by former showrunner Greg Weisman. There are also a number of other supplementary books to the series, including The Rebellion Begins
, a novelization of the premiere film Spark of Rebellion
and Servants of the Empire
, a four-book series focused on Zare Leonis, an Imperial cadet who ends up serving as a spy for the rebels.
The show provides examples of: