Star Wars Rebels Debut Trailer Reveals New Characters

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Star Wars Rebels Debut Trailer Reveals New Characters

The NEW between-Trilogy continuity begins here

As you may recall, the production of new Star Wars movies set after the events of Return of The Jedi necessitated deleting the so-called "Extended Universe" continuity of from the official SW canon. While this does free up filmmakers to tell new stories beginning with JJ Abramas yet-untitled Episode VII, it also means that an entirely new set of stories will be needed to fill the gaps between Revenge of The Sith and A New Hope.

That project begins with Disney XD's new animated series, Star Wars Rebels, which is set five years prior to Hope. The first trailer has now been posted to YouTube.

The main characters are a group of youngsters being led by a mysterious former Jedi who somehow survived the Order 66 massacre in Sith. Of note to hardcore SW fans, several characters, locations and other details have been heavily drawn from Ralph McQuarrie's Original Trilogy concept art - including an alien and a a droid based on the original designs of Chewbacca and R2-D2. In addition, Billy Dee Williams is set to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

Rebels Will debut on Disney XD in October. A panel related to the series is currently set to be the only (announced) presence of the Star Wars franchise at this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con.

Source: Star Wars

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Looks pretty neat. I didn't really care enough to watch Clone Wars though. I'm still really confused about what's no-longer cannon though...Everything after Return of the Jedi is gone and I've come to grips with that but the in-between stuff is where I get confused...I guess Starkiller and, Force Unleashed isn't a thing that happened any more which is perfectly fine and dandy...but what of Shadow's of the Empire...? I'm crossing my fingers for a Crisis in Infinite Galaxies kind of thing happens honestly...

Oh Hey, Billy Dee Williams is in this?! Awesome!

If this is on Netflix, I'll check it out eventually, but eh.

Shoggoth2588:
Looks pretty neat. I didn't really care enough to watch Clone Wars though. I'm still really confused about what's no-longer cannon though...Everything after Return of the Jedi is gone and I've come to grips with that but the in-between stuff is where I get confused...I guess Starkiller and, Force Unleashed isn't a thing that happened any more which is perfectly fine and dandy...but what of Shadow's of the Empire...? I'm crossing my fingers for a Crisis in Infinite Galaxies kind of thing happens honestly...

Oh Hey, Billy Dee Williams is in this?! Awesome!

I think they're just outright not beholden to anything not from the movies. Which is basically what Lucas was doing in the first place.

looks really promising, but did anyone else think the animation was lackluster? The flow just didn't feel right

That...doesn't look bad.

It's honestly a little jarring not to see something Post Disney Star Wars that doesn't look like crap.

Shoggoth2588:
Looks pretty neat. I didn't really care enough to watch Clone Wars though. I'm still really confused about what's no-longer cannon though...Everything after Return of the Jedi is gone and I've come to grips with that but the in-between stuff is where I get confused...I guess Starkiller and, Force Unleashed isn't a thing that happened any more which is perfectly fine and dandy...but what of Shadow's of the Empire...? I'm crossing my fingers for a Crisis in Infinite Galaxies kind of thing happens honestly...

Oh Hey, Billy Dee Williams is in this?! Awesome!

I guess its possible that Forced Unleashed stays canon, but it'd be pretty hard to shoehorn the whole rebellion creation storyline into this if this is supposed to be the makings of the rebellion as well.

As for Shadows of the Empire, not likely at all. About the only things that are definite canon now are the movies and the Clone Wars show. Forced Unleashed is up in the air until we find out how canon this show is, until then its still considered canon.

Inquisitors...now that's something I wasn't expecting them to revive from the old Expanded Universe. Nobody expects the Imperial Inquisition![1]

So I take it the Jedi characters are going to be killed somehow before the series is through? Kind of dark for a show that looks to be family-friendly, but I suppose it could be handled well. I'd hate to have a repeat of the old EU, where an absurd number of Jedi survived the purge:

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Order_66
(Scroll down to "Known Survivors." It's ridiculous)

Truth be told, I was hoping for a Star Wars experience that didn't have to resort to whipping out lightsabers (certain novels and video games have proven it can be done), but it's not necessarily a deal breaker for me. Going to take a "wait and see" approach for this one.

[1] As spoken by Inquisitor Fa'Zoll. Yes, the famous Monty Python quote was actually appropriated into the Star Wars canon at one point.

Okay I can't be the only one to think that visually it doesn't look as good as the Clone Wars right? There's a definite lack of detail in the environments.

shintakie10:

I guess its possible that Forced Unleashed stays canon, but it'd be pretty hard to shoehorn the whole rebellion creation storyline into this if this is supposed to be the makings of the rebellion as well.

There were like 4-5 different stories about how the Rebels got the plans for the first Death Star so this wouldn't be too different. Then again that's also when they cared about continuity.

Lando's back?

LANDO'S BACK!

*does happy dance*

Is it just me or does the voice acting sound a bit ... off?

I will give it a watch seeing how I watched the Clone Wars and lived to tell the tale (still it gonna be in the same route that their effort are for nothing as they don't appear in episode 4-6)! Also is that the same VA who voiced Obi in the Clone War as Obi again?

Neverhoodian:
Inquisitors...now that's something I wasn't expecting them to revive from the old Expanded Universe. Nobody expects the Imperial Inquisition![1]

So I take it the Jedi characters are going to be killed somehow before the series is through? Kind of dark for a show that looks to be family-friendly, but I suppose it could be handled well. I'd hate to have a repeat of the old EU, where an absurd number of Jedi survived the purge:

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Order_66
(Scroll down to "Known Survivors." It's ridiculous)

Truth be told, I was hoping for a Star Wars experience that didn't have to resort to whipping out lightsabers (certain novels and video games have proven it can be done), but it's not necessarily a deal breaker for me. Going to take a "wait and see" approach for this one.

Just under 200 survivors from 10,000 Jedi isn't that much if this information about the EU is correct

"It was said that fewer than one hundred Jedi-approximately one percent of the entire Order-survived Order 66.
However, it appeared that that was incorrect, as the number seemed to actually be closer to two hundred."

[1] As spoken by Inquisitor Fa'Zoll. Yes, the famous Monty Python quote was actually appropriated into the Star Wars canon at one point.

...it also means that an entirely new set of stories will be needed to fill the gaps between Revenge of The Sith and A New Hope.

Revenge of The Sith and A New Hope.

What. Why?! Did the "Extended Universe" also include the Clone Wars animated series (both of them) ? Does this mean they're not cannon anymore? I guess it just feels weird to me (and stupid honestly), that they would do that CGI animated series crap for so long without it actually mattering to the real story.

Eeeeeh
The voice acting kind of puts me off. Too many "cool" one-liners. It's possible the real show is better and they just made it like that to make the kids like it, so I guess I'll give it a chance.

The chick in pink Mandalorian (Fett) armor is weird because unless things changed the Fetts were the last Mandalorians. Is she Boba's kid? Or is there only being one Mandalorian no longer canon?

Falterfire:
The chick in pink Mandalorian (Fett) armor is weird because unless things changed the Fetts were the last Mandalorians. Is she Boba's kid? Or is there only being one Mandalorian no longer canon?

there only being mandalorian was changed years ago when karen travis started writting her books with them being thousands of them

then the clone wars wanted to change that again so karen took her ball and left and now her works are no longer canon but the clone wars version of them is

I am so excited for rebels greg freaking wiesman is working on it

"Disney XD" gives me nightmarish flashbacks to Tron Uprising and how they massacred that, but otherwise I'm looking forward to this. Clone Wars was brilliant by the time it was done (it made Jar Jar and Anakin of all people not just tolerable but actually watchable with the latter actually having a legitimate fall from grace over the course of the series), but it's nice to see us moving past a story set in that era again.
Hell, I'd like to see the different eras get their time in the spotlight and reestablish the EU for them.

Looks kinda cool, I will have to check it out. One nitpick I have about the animation (and many of the various Star Wars games and things) is that it all looks too smooth and shiny to be Star Wars. I wonder if anything is ever going to be able to recapture the feel of the original trilogy? Looked like 1313 might have been able to do it before it got canceled (and oddly, Mass Effect 1 seemed to evoke a very similar feel somehow), but I have not encountered anything else that could.

please can someone tell me that this show is going to be different than clone wars?. I really tried to like clone wars but it had the most dumb, cheesiest, cliche and laziest dialogues and stories I've ever seen. I understand that it was a show for kids but come on. One thing is to make your script simpler for kids and another one to treat them like they are dumb. I just hope rebels is a little bit more mature.

I have already begun supporting the show as I have the Lego version of the Ghost and it is awesome. Then again, it's a Corellian ship and I'm a sucker for Corellian ship design. Very hopeful this show turns out to be great.

Looks interesting. If they can avoid the "small universe" trap that Clone Wars all too frequently fell into then I think they're likely to have a good series on their hands.

I was worried the main character might not be a Jedi. I don't think people would know it was Star Wars if they didn't force(heh) that in.

Stiff and unnatural animation, lazy hackneyed dialog, and execrable emotionless voice acting by people obviously recorded individually (as opposed to in a group where people tend to give a shit).

They obviously didn't give a crap about this series, so neither will I!

Ugh, this just looks like generic Disney adventure movie with a generic young boy hero protagonist that just so happens to be taking place in the Star Wars universe.

Also, did I just see a Pink Bounty Hunter? I thought the Clone wars was pretty good after the meh first seasons but this isn't giving me high hopes. It's like the show has simply decided to cease all attempts to appeal to more mature viewers in favor of going only after the kids. Perhaps this is to be expected now that the show is being made by Disney?

CommanderL:

Falterfire:
The chick in pink Mandalorian (Fett) armor is weird because unless things changed the Fetts were the last Mandalorians. Is she Boba's kid? Or is there only being one Mandalorian no longer canon?

there only being mandalorian was changed years ago when karen travis started writting her books with them being thousands of them

then the clone wars wanted to change that again so karen took her ball and left and now her works are no longer canon but the clone wars version of them is

I am so excited for rebels greg freaking wiesman is working on it

Man, that Mandalorian stuff's god-damn confusing o_0

Anyway, I'm cautiously optimistic about this: despite the faults, I still really liked The Clone Wars, and the first season of anything is always going to be a little rough around the edges. We'll have to wait until it actually airs, of course, but eh, I'm all for giving it a chance; lord knows it'd probably be unfair to disregarded it outright based on a single trailer (something people are getting increasingly fond of...).

It looks alright. I'm not going to go out of my way to watch it, but if it appears on Netflix I'll give it a look.

I've already made my piece with Star Wars continuity and I view each "trilogy" and associated official media as separate but thematically tied canons. This does blow apart "Force Unleashed" as canon though, which isn't much of a loss really.

My only gripe is that they are just playing with familiar star wars stuff and not trying anything new (to any significant Degree). While not Canon, the Expanded Universe showed that Star Wars can be more then Jedi and Lightsabers. The Pink "boba-esque" bounty hunter really hit a nerve... could they not think of an original Bounty hunter design? You know, try to do their own thing rather then pilfering off established franchise icons. I'm all for a female badass bounty hunter, just not too keen on a gender bender fett (and if they make her related to the Fetts in some way... well, fuck, I don't know what I would do).

My initial reaction was "garbage," but I had to remind myself that this is now Disney property, and not being screwed up by George Lucas. So as long as it isn't some watered down nonsense, it looks interesting enough. In that, I still don't know that I will really watch with bated breath, considering it's likely to be more of a children's show. Then again, I said the same of the original Avatar: The Last Airbender, and that was one of the most compelling TV shows I'd seen in a while!

Did Order 66 get anybody?

I mean...seems like the Jedi Order is doing pretty good, all things considered.

I know it's nit-picking, but Star Wars is SO MUCH COOLER than the lightsaber. Would it really be asking to much for them to show a little self-restraint and just make some SW media without putting the focus on stupid Jedi?

Ragsnstitches:
The Pink "boba-esque" bounty hunter really hit a nerve... could they not think of an original Bounty hunter design?

Well, it only makes sense for that character to have Mandalorian (boba-esque) armor as she is a Mando.
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sabine_Wren
(And can I just say how great it is that we've got a non-pacifist Mando who isn't a mass-murdering psychopath? Fucking Clone Wars.)

OT: That was a bit of a letdown; lots of action and one-liners, not much plot. But then again, it's Disney marketing to kids, so that's to be expected. The Clone Wars was the same way and when it wasn't crapping over the EU (Mandos, Maul, and Dathomir come to mind) it was a pretty good show. Maybe this one will walk the same path.

kael013:

Ragsnstitches:
The Pink "boba-esque" bounty hunter really hit a nerve... could they not think of an original Bounty hunter design?

Well, it only makes sense for that character to have Mandalorian (boba-esque) armor as she is a Mando.
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sabine_Wren
(And can I just say how great it is that we've got a non-pacifist Mando who isn't a mass-murdering psychopath? Fucking Clone Wars.)

OT: That was a bit of a letdown; lots of action and one-liners, not much plot. But then again, it's Disney marketing to kids, so that's to be expected. The Clone Wars was the same way and when it wasn't crapping over the EU (Mandos, Maul, and Dathomir come to mind) it was a pretty good show. Maybe this one will walk the same path.

Ok, that just means its lore friendly, it doesn't change my point that the concept is WELL trodden and more then a little tired.

We know little about the character beyond what the studio has divulged, so she could be an interesting and unique breath of fresh air (I'm not so sure about it), but that isn't my issue here. It's much the same issue I had with the Prequels, aesthetically at least. Much of the imagery and set pieces were made to echo the original trilogy, but rather then being thematically poetic it just felt too familiar and more like eye candy to fill theater seats.

I just wish that Disney would do something of this caliber NOT marketed towards kids, but instead marketed to the parents of said kids that have been waiting desperately for something good to come out of Star Wars after all these years. Maybe it will be good, despite the overall age group being targeted, but damn, can they not hire some new animators to make it look less "Disney" and more "Star Wars"-esque, if that makes any sense...

I think this one might have been better off leaving the jedi out of rebellion origin (Who am I kidding, this is SW). All it looks like to me is them retelling A New Hope with different characters.

And as a side note, why did they drop most of the sound at the end of the trailer when they cut gravity and everyone was floating around? Did they think that it being zero G meant the sound would be affected in some way?

Capcha wants my email address?! I need an adult!

Ragsnstitches:
It looks alright. I'm not going to go out of my way to watch it, but if it appears on Netflix I'll give it a look.

I've already made my piece with Star Wars continuity and I view each "trilogy" and associated official media as separate but thematically tied canons. This does blow apart "Force Unleashed" as canon though, which isn't much of a loss really.

My only gripe is that they are just playing with familiar star wars stuff and not trying anything new (to any significant Degree). While not Canon, the Expanded Universe showed that Star Wars can be more then Jedi and Lightsabers. The Pink "boba-esque" bounty hunter really hit a nerve... could they not think of an original Bounty hunter design? You know, try to do their own thing rather then pilfering off established franchise icons. I'm all for a female badass bounty hunter, just not too keen on a gender bender fett (and if they make her related to the Fetts in some way... well, fuck, I don't know what I would do).

I love when people talk about something like they know what they're talking about, when they don't. The female is not a Bounty Hunter, she is a Mandalorian, there are lots of them, and they use the same armor, really, it's the Jango Fett armor, ir's like their stormtrooper uniform for the mandalorians, she only decided to paint her because she could, hell, even Obi Wan used one when infiltrating their planet. So yes, her like most of the Mandalorians don't have anything to do with Fett, except because of the armor and race, and like i said, it's the Jango Fett one, it is different from Boba's armor.

Well... The worse thing I could think about this series is that it would be worse than Tron Uprising/Motorcity, yet will last longer than those Disney XD shows because it's Star Wars...

With that said, I'll watch it just to find out when Lando pops up, for the most part... (Please may he have [more than] a two-part episode in this show... *lightsabers crossed*)

Seems pretty cool, I'll definitely give it a watch.

Not sure why people are complaining about the voice acting. Seems fine to me? Yeah there seems to be an abundance of "too cool for school" one liners and other lines. But... 1) It's a trailer and 2) That's basically anime in a nutshell, especially anime with any action. Which everyone seems to love.

We'll see how it goes.

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