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Western Animation: Star Wars: Rebels

Star Wars: Rebels is an upcoming 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 as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking form. The series is scheduled to premiere in Fall 2014 as a one-hour special on Disney Channel before airing regularly on Disney XD. Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman have all been announced as executive producers. Billy Dee Williams is slated to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

Here is the first official trailer.

The show provides examples of:

  • All-CGI Cartoon: Much like The Clone Wars, this series is also entirely generated on computer.
  • Action Girl: Sabine, the graffiti-making Mandalorian weapons expert, and Hera Syndulla, the pilot of the Ghost.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Inquisitor's lightsaber hilt. For starters, it's a double-bladed lightsaber. However the two ends of the hilt are also connected by a ring, which, while cool-looking, realistically would make proper handling of the weapon difficult.
  • Badass Beard: Zeb's got one.
  • Big Bad: Regardless of who will be villain the Ghost's crew have to face, since their goal is to bring down the Empire, Palpatine continues his role as the Big Bad.
  • The Big Guy: Zeb.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Chopper's personality in a nutshell.
  • Continuity Nod: Just the promotion-campaign revealed several nods towards Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • Hera Syndulla, the twi'lek pilot and captain of the Ghost, shares her family name with Cham Syndulla, who was the leader of the twi'lek freedom fighters during the Separatist occupation of Ryloth.
    • The visor-shape of Sabine's helmet has the same owl-face design as Bo-Katan's helmet, who was the second-in-command of Death Watch.
    • Concept art also shows that Sabine has created graffiti-portraits of Cad Bane and Embo on the walls of the Ghost.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Ezra has indigo blue hair and eyes.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Kanan's past is described as "troubled" and "mysterious".
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: According to his voice actor Steve Blum, Zeb "is also know as Gerazeb Orrelios, but only to his mom."
  • Doomed by Canon: Kanan is a Jedi Knight who has so far managed to survive the Empire's purge of them. How long this lasts remains to be seen.
    • If Ezra keeps training under him and becomes a Jedi himself, the same applies to him.
  • The Empire: Palpatine’s Galactic Empire, of course. According to the official announcement, the series takes place during the time when the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy.
  • The Emperor: Palpatine/Darth Sidious, naturally.
  • Expy:
    • The Inquisitor with his Bald of Evil, grey skin and red Facial Markings looks suspiciously similar to the Son of Mortis from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
    • Chopper, the astrodroid of the Rebels, will obviously fill in R2-D2's role, but according to what the creators said about his personality being grumpy, and not always doing what he's told, he also has a bit of C-3PO and R3-S6 in him. Dave Filoni told his crew "If Artoo Detoo was a dog, then Chopper is a cat."
    • Ezra, the Force-sensitive tinkerer, has shades of The Phantom Menace-era Anakin Skywalker in him.
    • Zeb, the alien muscle of the group, is essentially an articulate Chewbacca and is himself based on early concept art for the character.
    • Kanan, who's described as a "cowboy Jedi", has drawn quite a few comparisons to Kyle Katarn.
    • Hera seems to be one for Jan Ors. Both are voiced by Vanessa Marshall and are the pilots of ships captained by Jedi who use blasters.
  • Fangirl: Sabine has graffiti of Cad Bane and Embo (with the latter circled with a heart-shape) on the wall of her quarters aboard the Ghost.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Zig-zagged, just like in The Clone Wars — they obviously can't ever beat the Empire, and by necessity any characters from the films must survive, but anyone else is fair game.
  • Genius Bruiser: Zeb, who's strong but far from stupid.
  • Guns Akimbo: Sabine dual wields blaster pistols.
  • The Heavy: The Inquisitor, a Pau'an Dark Jedi who's one of Vader's top lieutenants, seems to be set up as this.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted with Sabine, who does wear the helmet belonging to her Mandalorian armor, while carrying out a sabotage.
  • Interquel: The series bridges the twenty-year gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
  • Ironic Name: Hera the greek goddess, was Zeus's wife and patron of marriage, but she's also known for her vengeful nature, hunting Zeus's illegimate children, and being an Abusive Parent for Hephaestus. Considering this, it's quite ironic, that Hera Syndulla, the Team Mom of this series is named after her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Chopper is described as "always mean[ing] well", despite being rude to most other characters.
  • The Leader: Kanan is the de facto leader of the group.
  • La Résistance: The panel at the New York Comic-Con in October 2013 revealed that the series will start on a planet recently occupied by the Empire, where the youths start to resist conscription into the army and for labor for its war-facilities.
  • Our Weapons Will Be Boxy in the Future: Sabine's blasters are basically bricks with a grip, which is pretty standard for Mandalorian weapons.
  • Pastiche: The series's art-style has been repeatedly described as "Ralph McQuarrie's concept-arts brought to life in CG", as a deliberate homage to the late artist's work.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Sabine wears pink Mandalorian armor.
  • The Purge: The series will feature the hunt for the Jedi who survived Order 66, with the Inquisitor in charge of it.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Inquisitor has gray skin with red Facial Markings, wears black armor, and wields a double-bladed red lightsaber.
  • Retired Badass: Kanan has forsaken his past as a Jedi since the Order was destroyed. Subverted in that he's forced to come out of retirement at the start of the series.
  • Samurai Cowboy: Kanan is described as a "Cowboy Jedi", he uses blasters, has a lightsaber with a Chokuto-style tip, and wears his hair in a samuraish ponytail.
  • Silent Snarker: Chopper is a variation: while he can't speak a language discernible to viewers, everyone in-show can understand his quips.
  • Space Navy: The Imperial Navy, naturally.
  • State Sec: The Inquisitorius (Who according to the wiki and commercial for the upcoming show) a secret division consisting of dark side Force-sensitive agents tasked by the emperor to hunt down the remaining jedi.
  • Street Urchin: Ezra is an orphan who lives on the streets, looking out for only himself, and often stealing from the Imperials.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: The Inquisitor has gold eyes, signaling his status as a Dark Jedi.
  • Team Mom: Hera is described as the one who keeps the team together, by both by providing emotional support, and keeping the members in line.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Hera and Sabine are the only women on the team.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Ezra has indigo hair, despite being an "ordinary" human.
  • Zorro Mark: When she strikes, Sabine always leaves the phoenix-symbol of the Rebels on walls of the scene, either as graffiti, or using her blasters.

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