Star Wars Rebels

April 19, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.

‘Star Wars Rebels’: Composer Kevin Kiner channels John Williams for new series

Kevin Kiner will be the composer for "Star Wars Rebels." (Lucasfilm)
When “Star Wars Rebels” debuts this fall, fans will hear some very familiar sounds. Yes, the ever-present “Star Wars” fanfare will be there, but for the first time in a “Star Wars” TV series, the beloved John Williams themes featured throughout the original trilogy will be back — in slightly different form. “I’m using a lot more of John’s themes, but more importantly I’m using the little motifs he had,” says Kevin Kiner, the man picked to score the new series. Fans are already familiar with his work as the longtime composer of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” but for “Rebels” he’s digging back into the Lucasfilm audio vaults, using bits of music that will instantly conjure images of Han, Luke, the Death Star and more. “I never used John’s music before on ‘Clone Wars’ under specific instructions from George […]
March 07, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.

‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’: Dave Filoni on Ahsoka’s fate, Master Yoda

Jedi Master Yoda in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." (Lucasfilm)
“Star Wars” fans let out a collective howl of anguish last year when it was announced that one of the casualties of Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm was the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” The fan-favorite series was canceled without a satisfactory conclusion, yanked from the schedule of Cartoon Network, where it had aired since 2008. That ultimately made way for a new series, “Star Wars Rebels,” set to premiere on the Disney Channel before moving to Disney XD. So, when word came that the final 13 episodes of the show’s sixth season would become available to fans on Netflix, the news was met with good cheer. As of Friday, viewers can check out “The Lost Missions,” which will join the previous five seasons on the streaming video service, including some director’s cuts of those earlier episodes. “The Lost […]
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 […]
Feb. 12, 2014 | 6:41 p.m.

‘Star Wars Rebels’: Animated series introduces ‘cowboy Jedi’ Kanan

Kanan, hero of the new "Star Wars Rebels" series, encounters the villainous Inquisitor. (Lucasfilm)
The upcoming animated series “Star Wars Rebels” has introduced another new character — one of the show’s heroes, the so-called “cowboy Jedi” Kanan. In the series, which is set to premiere in the fall on the Disney Channel but will air regularly on Disney XD, Kanan, voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr., is a former Jedi Knight who survived the Emperor’s massacre of the order in “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” and has gone into hiding. He no longer uses his lightsaber for fear of being discovered, and he’s ultimately turned from the path of the Jedi. But, as the series rolls out, Kanan just might find his way back toward the way of nobility and light. According to “Star Wars Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni, “He’s a gunslinger that needs to put the gun away and […]
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’ […]
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