New Star Wars Animated Series Airing in 2014

Star Wars Rebels will take place between Episodes III and IV and focus on the growth of the Empire and birth of the Rebellion.

You could perhaps forgive some for being a bit a skeptical about Star Wars: The Clone Wars when it first began. The bile of the prequel trilogy was still pretty fresh in the throats of fans at the time, and the film launching the series looked somewhat like Bantha pooh-doo. As the TV show it launched proceeded however, Star Wars fans began to notice something odd. Clone Wars was actually developing into a halfway decent show. Many began to consider it not just a worthy addition to the Star Wars universe, but one of the best uses of the brand in years.

Sadly, The Clone Wars was cancelled earlier this year, leaving television sadly bereft of serialized Star Wars goodness. Luckily, Disney will soon be bringing Star Wars back to the boob-tube with Star Wars Rebels, a new series taking place in the decades between Episode III and Episode IV of the movie series. The show will focus on the newly formed Empire’s efforts to hunt down the last of the Jedi, as well as the birth of the Rebel Alliance. “I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe,” said Lucasflim president Kathleen Kennedy. “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”

To the series’ credit, it has some talented people behind it. Its executive producers include Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class), Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Greg Weisman (Young Justice, Spectacular Spider-Man, and freaking Gargoyles!). Considering the success of Clone Wars and the people backing the show, it’s hard not to feel at least some hope Star Wars Rebels could wind up being a quality product. In the least it will be nice to see some Tie Fighters again.

Source: Star Wars

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