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Oct. 03, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.

‘Star Wars Rebels’: Ralph McQuarrie legacy on view in animated series

Lothal's cities in "Star Wars Rebels" draw their inspiration from Ralph McQuarrie's Alderaan. (Lucasfilm)
The sun was shining brightly on one recent afternoon at Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas’ lush yet cozy retreat in Marin County. But Kilian Plunkett, art director for the new animated series “Star Wars Rebels,” was not outside enjoying a stroll through Lucas’ vineyard or taking a dip in the waters of Lake Ewok. He was inside, in the dim light of the Lucasfilm archive, holding a bit of cinematic history in his hands. At just 18×41 centimeters, artist Ralph McQuarrie’s gouache concept paintings for the original “Star Wars” trilogy are smaller than expected, but then again, so is the Mona Lisa. Physical size bears no relation to the impact these paintings have on pop culture. “I always assumed these things were giant movie poster size,” Plunkett said as he pointed out the finer details of McQuarrie’s style. For “Star Wars” […]
Oct. 02, 2014 | 1:25 p.m.

‘Star Wars Rebels’ animated TV series renewed for second season

A scene from "Star Wars Rebels." (Lucasfilm / Disney)
“Star Wars Rebels” is getting a second season, Disney announced Thursday, the day before the cartoon’s first season premiere. Disney XD has ordered a second season of the new animated series, which has been praised by critics as well as fans who saw a debut screening at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in July or who caught early screenings on digital platforms. “The fan response to the show has been amazing, humbling and inspiring,” Lucasfilm’s vice president of creative development, Kiri Hart, said in a news release. “We’re looking forward to the adventure ahead.” “Star Wars Rebels” is meant to be the origin story of the Rebel Alliance — the group that Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo would eventually lead to defeat the evil Empire. Set about five years before the beginning of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New […]
May 15, 2014 | 5:44 p.m.

‘Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars’ poster sends characters to galaxy far, far away

"Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" (Disney)
“Star Wars Rebels” isn’t Disney’s only upcoming animated adventure set in a galaxy far, far away. This July, the characters of the popular Disney Channel animated series “Phineas and Ferb” will be transported to the universe created by George Lucas in a one-off “Star Wars” special that runs parallel to the original 1977 film, “A New Hope.” Hero Complex readers can exclusively check out the poster for the one-hour special, which highlights Phineas, Ferb, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Candace and Agent P in their “Star Wars” incarnations. The poster reveal comes the day before the special,”Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars,” is unveiled for the first time at Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. In the special, Phineas and Ferb are hanging out during a lazy summer on Tatooine. They live on the farm […]
May 04, 2014 | 9:49 a.m.

‘Star Wars Rebels’: Animated series trailer arrives for May the Fourth

Just in time for “Star Wars” day, the new trailer for the animated series “Star Wars Rebels” has arrived — and the clip instantly recalls the original trilogy with a very familiar sounding Imperial March. “Star Wars Rebels” is set about five years before the beginning of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” and follows the adventures of a group of heroes desperately trying to combat the all-consuming might of the Empire, the fascistic government arisen from the ashes of the Old Republic in “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” The series, overseen by supervising director and executive producer Dave Filoni, whose work on “The Clone Wars” has made him well known in “Star Wars” fan circles, will premiere on the Disney Channel in the fall before it shifts to Disney XD for the rest of the […]
Feb. 17, 2014 | 7:06 a.m.

‘Star Wars Rebels’ teasers offer glimpse at new animated series

The roll out for the upcoming animated series “Star Wars Rebels” has been ramping up, and two new teasers released Monday morning showcase new footage for the show. Set 14 years after “Revenge of the Sith” and four years prior to the events of “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope,” “Star Wars Rebels” will center on a core group of characters — with the Inquisitor serving as a major new villain tasked by Darth Vader with tracking down the remaining Jedi Knights. One of those former Jedi is Kanan (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.) — the character, pictured in the gallery above, has been described as a “cowboy Jedi” who has gone into hiding and no longer uses his light saber for fear of being discovered, though, as the series rolls out, Kanan just might find his way […]
Feb. 13, 2014 | 6:04 a.m.

‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ final season premieres on Netflix March 7

"The Clone Wars." (Lucasfilm)
The sixth and final season of the “Star Wars” animated series “The Clone Wars” is coming to Netflix. Subscribers in the U.S. and Canada will be able to watch the final 13 episodes of the popular show, dubbed “The Lost Season,” beginning March 7. “The Clone Wars” aired on Cartoon Network but was canceled last year to make way for a new series, “Star Wars Rebels,” which will premiere on the Disney Channel in the fall before airing regularly on Disney XD. In addition to “The Lost Season,” Netflix also will make available the entirety of “The Clone Wars’” first five seasons, including several director’s-cut episodes not previously seen on television, in addition to the “Clone Wars” feature film. PHOTOS: ‘Star Wars’ at the box office “’Star Wars’ is one of the most iconic franchises of all time and this […]
Jan. 28, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Star Wars Rebels’: Animated series introduces new droid, Chopper

'Star Wars Rebels' (featured image)
Meet Chopper, the new droid set for a starring turn on Disney XD’s upcoming animated series “Star Wars Rebels.” Also known as a C1-10P, Chopper, described as a cranky astromech droid who helps staff the starship Ghost, will be among the roster of characters featured in the new show, which is set to arrive in the fall as the anticipated follow-up to “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” That series, which aired on Cartoon Network, was canceled last year. Set 14 years after “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” and four years prior to the events of “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope,” “Star Wars Rebels” will center on a core group of characters — with the Inquisitor serving as a major villain tasked by Darth Vader to track down the final remaining Jedi Knights. “‘Rebels’ […]
Sept. 04, 2013 | 11:40 a.m.

Max Steel movie: Mattel action figure to get big screen treatment

Max Steel (featured image)
The popular cartoon and toy line hero Max Steel is set to take his turbo-energy powers to the big screen. Mattel is teaming up with Dolphin Entertainment and Open Road Films to develop a live-action feature film based on the character, the companies announced Wednesday. The “Max Steel” film will be written by Christopher Yost, who recently worked on “Thor: The Dark World” as well as several Marvel cartoon series, and directed by Stewart Hendler (“H+,” “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”). The film will be produced by Dolphin and distributed by Open Road. For the uninitiated, “Max Steel” tells the story of teenager Maxwell McGrath and his alien pal Steelis — a duo that can combine “turbo-energy powers” to generate the superhero Max Steel. The character has been around in various incarnations since the late 1990s, when Mattel introduced the […]
Aug. 22, 2013 | 2:24 p.m.

‘Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.’: Fred Tatasciore on playing primal

Fred Tatasciore, a longtime voice actor, has been the voice of the Hulk on numerous cartoons, video games and TV shows for years. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Fred Tatasciore is a fun-loving guy, but he’s best known in Hollywood for bringing to life a creature fueled by rage: the Incredible Hulk. A voice actor, Tatasciore has been playing the Hulk consistently for almost a decade — working on at least six different film, TV and video game projects this year alone. He’s currently in Disney XD’s “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H,” which launched in early August. Channeling the roars, grunts and howls required to give voice to the Hulk takes a special type of actor. A big one. “It’s a physical workout and requires my voice to open up a bit, but it lets me get a chance to do what a lot of others can’t,” said the tall, burly Tatasciore. “Hulk’s a good guy at heart but gets launched into a very primal, animal […]
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