Disney Launches New STAR WARS Animated Series, STAR WARS REBELS, for 2014 on Disney XD

     May 20, 2013


Soon after Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the axe was put to the popular animated TV series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  The show was nixed because it was created before the acquisition, and aired on Cartoon Network as opposed to Disney’s kids channel, Disney XD.  But we knew a replacement wouldn’t be far behind, and now the studio has announced that production is underway on the new animated series, Star Wars RebelsSimon Kinberg (who also working on a Star Wars spin-off/standalone film) will executive produce and write the screenplay for the one-hour series premiere.  Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Greg Weisman (Young Justice) will also executive produce (i.e. these two will probably be the showrunners).  The series will take place during the twenty years between Episode III and Episode IV, and shows “a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.”  If Admiral Ackbar is not a main character, then this entire series is pointless.

The series will premiere in fall 2014 on the Disney Channel before moving to Disney XD.  Hit the jump for video of Pablo Hidalgo talking with Filoni about the series.  We’ve also included the press release.

admiral-ackbar-mouse-trapHere’s the press release:





–Special Event Telecast to First Air on Disney Channel –

Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time.  Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the ®Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we’re thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD’s viewers.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”

The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV – an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.

Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe (http://www.starwarscelebration.eu/) will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. Casting will be announced at a later date.

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  • xoder

    I do not care lol

    • MIXTER

      You care enough to log in, and type out a comment! Worst case of Trolling this week.

      • xoder

        I still do not care lol2

      • MIXTER


  • Burning_Horizon

    Disney, Impressive … Most impressive …

  • Rockslide

    Hopefully it’s better than Clone Wars. I consider myself to be a huge nerdy Star Wars fan and have the pictures to back it up. I couldn’t stand Clone Wars. I had to force myself through two seasons telling myself it would get better. It never did. It was like watching paint dry in slow motion. I really want a new series to be good, like Tartovsky’s (sp?) original Clone Wars series.

    • MIXTER

      series 1 and 2 were partly terrible! but if you stopped watching there, you totally missed out the great stuff, as like i mentioned below it got fantastic, it was a bumpy ride i will admit, but for every kiddy pleasing episode there were at least 10 nerd pleasers. personally, id start the whole thing from season 3.

    • yeahh

      Tartovsky’s clone wars series was awesome. Mace Windu taking on all those androids was epic

      • Joseph M

        Yeah, I avoided Clone Wars for three seasons before giving it a chance. Many an episode could have taught the Episode 1 and 3 films a thing about advancing the Star Wars saga. And animated Anakin was a better young Vader than Christian Haydehiwhateverson.


    Fuckin YESSSS!!!! Now this is fantastic news! Clone Wars started out bad, but by the end it became 100 times better than the Prequels. And the animation improved too. Now with those new skills, and the change in tone that clone wars left us in. Were getting a Rise of the Empire style series with Vader and Palpatine wiping out Jedi etc.. I hope Ahsoka comes back. My god! This is the best Star Wars news since I found out theyre making Episode 7.

    This must be how Ackbar felt when the Death star blew up! I need to find me some Ewoks so that i can have a kick-ass party in the woods!!!

  • digm

    Seems like a strange mutation of the defunct “Underworld” and what Dark Horse has been and is doing better with Dark Times and its Darth Vader series. Wonder how much of this is going to make TFU obsolete.

    • MIXTER

      Well, Dave Filoni tries to include a lot of stuff from the EU. So i think he will put in quite a lot from Force Unleashed, especially as Sam Witwer was both Maul in clone wars, and also Starkiller. + so far the ending to clone wars is not wrapped up so Maul is so far still alive. And in the comics, Palpatine sends Maul to hunt down Baby Luke, but Obi Wan protects him. T?his could all happen in the new show too.

      • digm

        Yeah, he does. Unfortunately, it gives us a mixed continuity, as the show in general gives the finger to a lot of other solid EU characterizations and stories.

        I can’t see it boding well for The Force Unleashed, though. The Onderon arc from the last season of TCW moved back the seed of rebellion from the whole Starkiller incident to late in the Clone Wars. And this show, presumably set further back than 2-1 BBY, seems already committed to the full-on formation of the Rebellion.

        As for the Maul/Infinities stuff. The comic actually shows Maul’s streak of violent revenge as an act independet of Palpatine. It’s just him, surviving and tracking down Obi-Wan in the shadows. But you’re right. With all the switcheroos the former series has pulled, I wouldn’t be surprised if it DID happen in the new show.

      • MIXTER

        True that Clone Wars borrowed from the EU and changed things, but i don’t mind that. Much of the EU is mixed quality anyways, e.. The Millenium Falcon being kind of possessed with a soul, and even in the Thrawn books (reading the first one now) it is great apart from Wookiees that speak English, and because in Wookiee they have a speech impediment! :-O And I’m not 100% sold on caterpillars that block the force. Don’t even get me started on what I’ve seen of the Yuson Vong! So, I look at it like this, the books, are like legendary tales retold through the years and exagerrated like a Bibles tales. But the films are what happened. (Except the prequels, which were also tales, as i dont see them as fitting in with reality. The OT is believable and filmed in a realistic way.

      • digm

        “Much of the EU is mixed quality anyways”

        True. But it’s what they DID run over — namely the single continuity built up in the “Republic” comics, the novels set during the Clone Wars, and assorted side ventures (except for the Tartakovsky cartoons, which sort of deviated from continuity a bit — but hell! they’re just too much awesome). You know, all the Ahsoka-free stuff. The stuff where Grievous actually comes off like a credible psychopathic Jedi-hunter.

      • MIXTER

        Ahsoka developed from annoying teen smartmouth, to one of the best Star Wars characters created. Especially by season 5. But i do agree, Grievous was better in the Tarkovsky version. But he was also better in clone wars than he was in Revenge of the Sith. And Anakin was faaar superior in clone wars to Hayden C, infact most of the voice cast were. I just wish they rebooted the prequels in the clone wars animated style and make repairs.

        Thing with the books, there are too many of them. Many are poor quality, many are great. But not many have read them all. tv is more accessible. Star Wars works best on a screen, with music and fx. Anyone can write a yarn based on Star Wars. But until its put on screen its just a story someones written, same as fan art in a way.

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  • Spongefist

    But it’s all shit coz we all know what’s gonna happen. What’s the point in anything Star Wars. Lucas ruined it all with the prequels. The clone wars neded to be like medieval with epic stories of heroism that had effects on the larger outcome but coz Lucas is such a shit story writer all these possibilities ain’t there.
    Just give everything Star Wars, movies, cartoons the whole lot to game of thrones team. It’s our only hope.

    • digm

      The prequels would’ve been classic if someone was awake to take the piss out of Lucas’ puerile sense of fun and romantic love, his disconnect with actors, and apparent blindness for the limitations of CGI, that’s all.

    • Joe_HTH

      So much ignorance in this post. What are you going to do when these new Star Wars films suck ass? You’re delusional as hell if you think these new Star Wars films are going to come within a million miles of the originals. Being better than the prequels is faint praise.

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