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Disney preps STAR WARS REBELS… animated series to debut in 2014

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I’m diggin’ this “Old Trilogy” vibe that Disney has been tossing out since purchasing the Lucasfilm Empire last Fall. As they’re already ramping-up for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and a series of live-action spin-off films, many wondered what would happen on the televised front since it was announced that the CLONE WARS (which I sadly never had time to get into, and then it passed me by) was ending. Now we have an answer, as STAR WARS REBELS is in-development for a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, followed by a series on Disney XD.

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

The most exciting part of the announcement is the revelation that STAR WARS REBELS will take place directly between Episodes III and IV, creating a direct bridge between the prequel and original trilogies – a timespan we’ve never seen on-screen. Check out this early teaser video below, and let the speculation begin…

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