Star Wars Rebels Returns to Classic Trilogy Roots

Star Wars Rebels Returns to Classic Trilogy Roots

Star Wars Rebels Concept Art Ghost

The upcoming Star Wars Rebels TV series is heavily inspired by Ralph McQuarrie's original trilogy concept art.

The prospects of a new Star Wars trilogy are certainly intriguing, but that isn't the only project fans can look forward to. Lucasfilm Animation recently revealed Star Wars Rebels, a television series created by team members behind the popular Clone Wars production. While the pilot won't be seen until 2014, some initial info emerged at a Star Wars Celebration Europe 2013 panel, where executive producer Dave Filoni shared concept art and discussed the project's goals. Perhaps the most important details revolved around Rebels' visual tone; the series is heavily inspired by the original trilogy's art aesthetic, including the unused concept art of Star Wars designer Ralph McQuarrie.

"For me I wanted to develop a style different from Clone Wars," Filoni said during the panel. "This show is going to be different from Clone Wars; it's intentionally going to look different. We're not proceeding with the same style. We wanted to give it its own look and feel. For me, that always goes back to Ralph McQuarrie, and that's a name you're going to hear over and over again. Star Wars owes so much to Ralph, and I'm very dedicated to the history of Star Wars and of Lucasfilm. We need to maintain and respect that history but also do what made it great - it always leapt forward."

The panel's highlights have been recapped on the Star Wars blog, but repeated mentions are made of McQuarrie's influence. Whether recreating his landscapes, or using digital brushes that mimic his art style, Filoni places a strong emphasis on returning to the visual tone of the original series. That's not to say Clone Wars won't have an impact on Rebels however, since Filoni has left the door open for characters to enter the Episode IV timeline. "I love Star Wars characters ... but there's always a special place in my heart for the ones that I played a part in creating, so I don't know what kind of answer that is, but it's the best one I can give you."

In terms of new content, Filoni unveiled Ghost, a spaceship that will likely be the home of Rebels' protagonists (pictured above). "It's actually a pretty big centerpiece for the show," Filoni explained. "We all like the sense in the classic films that the Millennium Falcon that was a ship but it was also a place - it was like a home. We wanted to give this new generation of kids a place they could go feel safe when they were running from the Empire. And I'm really excited about that. We're on the run again. The Empire is controlling the whole galaxy, so we needed a home and a ship."

While Rebels is still in the concept stage, and could easily be changed as the new films develop, classic trilogy fans should be intrigued enough to see where Filoni takes the televised universe from here. Star Wars Rebels will launch in Fall 2014 as a one-hour special before the series proper appears on Disney XD channels.

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Source: StarWars.com, IGN

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*fanboyism intensifies*

This sounds VERY promising to me.

I never liked the style of the 3D Clone wars stuff - and the 2D clone wars stuff wasn't that interesting either IMO.

But a return to the style-wise roots of the original trilogy? Oh boy... I can't wait to see a trailer for this

Hey... hey... hey... can we bring back tartakovsky for the fight scenes?

MCerberus:
Hey... hey... hey... can we bring back tartakovsky for the fight scenes?

Better idea, let's just get Tartakovsky to head up this series. I'm sure he's in need of a new project since Titan Maxim lost its programming spot to [insert despised program here] on cartoon network.

inb4 "Any new Star Wars stuff will suck!"

Sounds interesting. It's a given that they'll try to lay ground towards the new trilogy and the yearly trilogy-independent movies they've announced will be made.

And it may just muffle the vitriol from the Haters.

Nah, Haters gonna hate.

I hope I can see this in Australia.

You know, I liked the Clone Wars TV show, and was sad to see it get cancelled. But this looks amazing!

Hmm... this is getting to be a trend. First Fantasy Flight Games comes out with a new Star Wars tabletop RPG taking place between ANH and ESB, and now this. Looks like the new management is trying to get back to the classic feel(though the tabletop game had already been well under way by the time Disney took over).

I'm liking this.

Is it the good clone wars series or the annoying one that the teams from?

If it doesn't have jedi in it, I call it a win.

So it'll be on Disney XD. You know what that means? It'll probably fail to draw in the audience that it seeks and deserves, like Tron Uprising before it. Why? Because they have to release it on this limited availability channel that many providers don't carry. Then it'll become a ratings disaster because the people managing that channel have their heads so far up their asses that they can see the backs of their eyeballs. An easy solution is to make the video free-to-stream on disney's website, then put ads on and around it, but no. They probably won't do that. Instead, it'll probably languish and die on the main channel as they try to get more subscribers to an outdated cable network.

Sorry. Just venting over the loss of Tron Uprising. I'd rather not see more good shows go that route.

KeyMaster45:

MCerberus:
Hey... hey... hey... can we bring back tartakovsky for the fight scenes?

Better idea, let's just get Tartakovsky to head up this series. I'm sure he's in need of a new project since Titan Maxim lost its programming spot to [insert despised program here] on cartoon network.

Hooray I found someone else who remembers Titan Maximum!

People are still into Starwars? I'm bored as hell with it now, who says what moving on to newer IP is good?

Ooh. This looks neat. I'm very wary about anything Star Wars related these days, but I think I'll be checking this out.

an annoyed writer:
So it'll be on Disney XD. You know what that means? It'll probably fail to draw in the audience that it seeks and deserves, like Tron Uprising before it. Why? Because they have to release it on this limited availability channel that many providers don't carry. Then it'll become a ratings disaster because the people managing that channel have their heads so far up their asses that they can see the backs of their eyeballs. An easy solution is to make the video free-to-stream on disney's website, then put ads on and around it, but no. They probably won't do that. Instead, it'll probably languish and die on the main channel as they try to get more subscribers to an outdated cable network.

Sorry. Just venting over the loss of Tron Uprising. I'd rather not see more good shows go that route.

And you are probably right... sad but true

I dont know why but honestly from this depiction I really get a creepy "Firefly stole our schtick... So we are gonna take it back and out firefly, firefly"

Which Cleveland Brown Jr said it best "How can you have an entire ship full of Han Solo's?"

Evil Smurf:
I hope I can see this in Australia.

I'm sure it will but we'll probably be a season or two behind by the time it arrives

This is the first thing outside the main movies I've actually wanted to see.

That said, shame they really went overboard fantasizing over the concept art. Everyone knows the Rebels started out with headhunters and Y-wings- not X-Wings that just looked a little less... X-wingy...

 

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