Disney Announces “Star Wars Rebels” Animated Series for 2014

Just two months after Disney cancelled the Cartoon Network series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, they have announced a new series called Star Wars Rebels. The show will debut on the Disney Channel as a one-hour special in 2014, before continuing as a regular series on Disney XD. The show will be set during the two-decade timespan between Episode III and IV, at a time when “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.”

Dave Filoni, who was supervising diretor on Clone Wars, will head up the production as exec producer. He will be joined by Clone Wars veterans Kilian Plunkett (Art Director) and Joel Aron (CG Supervisor), as well as some fresh faces:

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.


  • Animfrator

    2d or 3d?

    • Sam

      I can’t see them making it 2D, it would be cool to see a 2D Star Wars but after Clone Wars I can’t see them changing mediums. Not with all the artists still in Singapore unless they shut that down as well. Hopefully they have a different art direction with this one though not that the previous was bad I’d just like to see something new.

  • Teodor Ajduk

    After ‘Croissant de Triomphe’ I think that Disney do not want 2D

    • Shazbot

      Why not? “Croissant de Triomphe” was, well, a triumph.

  • Mapache

    The Clone Wars’ incomplete story arc and this announcement, remind me Spectacular Spiderman’s cancellation after the Marvel purchase followed by the trailer of th Ultimate Spiderman series.

    But at least thry gave Spectacullar Spiderman’s producer a job in this Star Wars series.

    • Ben

      Hopefully it wont continue that trend and this will be better then that fucking awful abomination that is Ultimate Spiderman

    • Paul M

      Not to mention “Avengers Assemble” – tied into the world of “Ultimate Spiderman” and just as nauseatingly stupid.

  • Daniel Brown

    I hope they keep the art style the same in this new series that was present in Clone Wars.

  • Sam

    When I wrote that I was in the frame of mind thinking forward not backward. I love the first animated shorts by Genndy, Paul, and the rest of the crew that worked on it. Samurai Jack is one of my biggest influences as an artist. So what I meant to say is I think it would be cool to have a new 2D animated Star Wars series I just can’t see them going that way.

  • JJ VILLARD

    THIS COULD BE COOOOOL !?!?!?!?!?! WISH IT WAS 2D LIKE THE GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY STAR WARSSSSSS !////

  • Aron C.

    Whatever. I just wish people would get over Star Wars already. But that’s just me.

  • Jen Hurler

    Hmmm it sounds cool enough in terms of content. Though I’m torn between finding this to be an interesting place on the Star Wars time line, and kind of wishing they’d leave some things untouched. Part of the appeal of the original trilogy of films was the fact that the story began in redias res, and there were no indications (for a while, at least) that the rest would be divulged. That’s still appealing to me, but now everyone expects prequels and sequels.

    And I’m also curious what this will look like. I’m sure it’ll be 3d, and as much as I did enjoy the style of Clone Wars, it would be cool to see them change the style.

  • Michael

    That statement is incorrect- Star Wars: The Clone Wars concluded its 5 yr. run on Cartoon Network. Genndy Tartakovsky did a real good job with the Star Wars franchise for CN. The jury is going to be out as to whether Greg Weisman will be given a fair shake by Disney, this time. Remember, Disney removed Greg from working on the Gargoyles TV series, after its second season. As to why, who really knows.

  • BongBong

    If they can capture the stripped-down economy of McQuarrie’s illustration style, they’ll really have something.

  • Smith

    I sense a disturbance in the force

  • Zuffa S.L.

    how is it possible they just throw awayyyyy clone wars:S i incredibly loved it

  • matt

    what the hell they should continue the clone wars series.