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This Fall, Disney Channel will premiere STAR WARS: REBELS, an all-new animated series that will run on Disney XD following it's premiere event. As part of Star Wars Day 2014, the first full trailer for the new series has arrived, and I've got it for you below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER. STAR WARS: REBELS takes place in the years between 2005's STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH and 1977's STAR WARS: Episode IV - A NEW HOPE.

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STAR WARS Day is fast-approaching (May 4), and with all kinds of leaks starting to happen in regard to the cast of the upcoming STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, the folks at Disney and Lucasfilm have delivered an early treat, announcing the principal cast of the new film, alongside some words by Director J.J. Abrams. Details on the cast (pictured above during a read) can be found below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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"They have every Disney Golden Book ever made. I had that one... and that one... and this one right here." Those were the thoughts running through my head last month as I browsed a selection of books held within The Walt Disney Archives in Burbank, California. Just a few weeks prior, when I learned (and later announced) that I'd be flying out to Los Angeles to meet up with the Disney crew for a variety of projects (a trip that Disney paid for in full), I'd visited my own archives, specifically, a silver tote in my garage that holds a variety of keepsakes from the earliest years of my life. Mickey Mouse and his friends were a huge part of my life back then (pictures here), and now they are again, as I raise my daughters... and continue my own adventures in media. To think that a little kid that was making Mickey Mouse thumbprint art in the 1970s would be exploring the heart of the Disney empire in 2014... it's still completely hard to wrap my head around.

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It was only a matter of time, and that time is now... the folks over at Disney Store are ushering in a new galaxy of awesome with an exclusive collection of STAR WARS merchandise, just-launched and available now from (my affiliate) DisneyStore.com. Already stocked with 77 items (appropriate when you think about 1977... or 5-25-77), there's something for the entire family from STAR WARS RACERS (Die-cast cars based on the AT-AT, Darth Maul, C-3PO and more) to clothing for kids and grownups, banks, blasters, and plush, the new STAR WARS collection at Disney Store is well-worth a look. Here's a taste...

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Imagine if R2-D2 were belligerent and made of spare parts. That's sort of what Chopper, the newest Astromech Droid in the STAR WARS Universe, is. Chopper, aka C1-10P is a "cranky, yet goodhearted" little droid that plays an important part in Disney's upcoming STAR WARS REBELS animated series, which takes place four years before 1977's original STAR WARS film. The new droid just made his debut at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, and his video introduction can be seen below...

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Here we are... Day 31 of 31 Days of Halloween 2013 here on The Rock Father - Halloween Day! There's a lot of "threes" involved in this one, with Halloween falling on the date of my third-ever Throwback Thursday since picking up that torch earlier this month. For the Grand Finale of 2013, I'm spinning things back three decades, to this exact date 30 years ago. October 31, 1983. STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI had just been released the previous May, the third film in what would later become known as the original STAR WARS TRILOGY. It was that Halloween that I would first don my Ben Cooper Darth Vader Halloween Costume, taking to the streets as Lord Vader... wielding a green, Luke Skywalker lightsaber. Not film-accurate, but I worked with what I had.

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