You may have already heard the announcement that Clone Wars was ending and a new show would replace it. It shouldn’t surprise you that it’s moving to Disney XD, since Disney did the same thing with the Marvel shows that aired on Cartoon Network…no, wait, Hasbro took The Super Hero Squad Show with them to The Hub, Hasbro’s co-owned network with Discovery Networks, taking over TLC. And last I heard Nicktoons still has the reruns of Iron Man: Armored Adventures. So I guess there isn’t actually a precedence.
Well, hat-tip to our old pal Craig Crumpton of Voice Actors In The News, Star Wars‘s official site has updated with a press release for the new show, Rebels. So what is the new show going to be like, and what do I hope to see?
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.
I haven’t seen First Class or Sherlock Homes but I hear good things about them. (You couldn’t pay me to see the third one.) And Greg Weisman is a great choice as well. Gargoyles is a good example for what you’d want in a “Star Wars” series.
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 will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. Casting will be announced at a later date. More information about this developing project will be found on StarWars.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/starwarsrebels.
So if you were hoping for a different style you’re out of luck. Even without Lucas his namesake is all about the CG. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t hate Clone Wars either. They also posted this teaser behind the scenes video about the project.
The new toon debuts next year, so let the griping begin!