Filoni and Kinberg Talk Star Wars Rebels

Prior to next year’s Star Wars: Episode VII, we get the animated series Star Wars Rebels as a bridge between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope (premiering in October on Disney Channel as a one-hour special before commencing on Disney XD). I spoke with exec producers Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars) and Simon Kinberg (The X-Men and the upcoming Fantastic Four) at Comic-Con.

 

Like Clone Wars, the initial Disney/Lucasfilm collaboration was made at Lucasfilm Singapore, but emulates the style of famed concept artist Ralph McQuarrie from the original trilogy (utilizing a special tool for Adobe Photoshop). The look is also inspired by the work of Hayao Miyazaki.

In addition to Filoni, the Rebels production team includes several crew members returning from The Clone Wars: Athena Yvette Portillo as line producer, Kilian Plunkett as art director, Joel Aron as CG effects supervisor, Keith Kellogg as animation supervisor, and Steward Lee and brother Steve as directors.

The animated series is set “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.”
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