'Star Wars' fans get first look at 'Rebels' cartoon

05:00 AM, Jul 27, 2013

Starships new and old will play important roles in 'Star Wars Rebels,' a new animated series premiering in 2014. Lucasfilm/


Written By by Brian Truitt, USA TODAY

First came the Millennium Falcon, and now comes the Ghost.

Fans at Star Wars Celebration Europe in Essen, Germany, on Saturday received a taste of what’s to come in Star Wars Rebels, a new animated series due next year that takes place before the events of the original Star Wars film. The show follows the ragtag rebellion forming to fight the Empire, which is continuing to hunt down the last of the Jedi Knights.

Dave Filoni, an executive producer on the show and a supervising director on the recent Star Wars: The Clone Wars cartoon, showed off designs and shared with fans that the Rebels will be very influenced by Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie.

Filoni gave a first look at the Ghost, the spaceship of the as-yet-unnamed main character, as well as Stormtroopers in the series and the interior of an Imperial Star Destroyer. The logo was also unveiled, showing colors (orange and black) that are a visual nod to the suits of the X-Wing Fighter pilots in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy.

Star Wars Rebels, which is executive-produced by Simon Kinberg and Greg Weisman, will premiere on Disney Channel as a one-hour special in fall 2014, with a series to follow on Disney XD.

In other animated news at Celebration, Lucasfilm announced that the fifth and final season of The Clone Wars will make its debut on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 15, the same day as a special box-set release of the complete animated series.