Star Wars Rebels Premiere Sets Ratings Record for Disney XD
Rebels gained 1.03 million viewers for its debut on Disney XD. It became the highest rated animated series debut in Disney XD’s history. Previous to that, the series earned 6.5-million viewers during its premieres on Disney Channel and Disney XD around the world. Congratulations to the cast and crew for an impressive accomplishment!
That said, I still wish Rebels was on a more accessible channel, like the Disney Channel or ABC. I have no doubt those ratings would have been much higher if the series had debuted via another channel.
Spark of Rebellion with a New Scene Featuring Darth Vader Coming to ABC
Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will air on Sunday, October 26, at 7pm ET/PT with a special surprise. According to executive producer Dave Filoni, “We wanted to do something special for the ABC broadcast. We’ve added a scene which gives audiences insight into the Inquisitor and includes a cameo by Darth Vader voiced by the distinguished actor James Earl Jones.”
English DJ and dubstep producer Flux Pavilion gave the Star Wars Rebels theme song a modern twist, entitled “The Ghost Remix.” In late September, a YouTube user uploaded Flux playing the song at Toronto’s Safe in Sound Festival. The song also has its own music video with Star Wars Rebels footage. You can officially download the song through iTunes.
“It was an absolute honour to be a part of the new Star Wars project and working with Kevin Kiner’s original score was a dream. I tried to take the piece to a place it might never have gone before and working alongside the team building the project has been inspiring, not just as an artist but also as a huge fan of the Star Wars universe. Long live the Republic!” (PRNewswire)
Trailer: “This Season on Star Wars Rebels“
Many awesome and amazing things are headed our way this season on Star Wars Rebels. The latest trailer shows glimpses of Zare Leonis and much more. Check it out!
Fangirls Going Rogue‘s Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr interviewed Star Wars artist Amy Beth Christenson (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and The Force Unleashed). Christenson spoked about how she first started working at Lucasfilm, her passion for Star Wars, her role as part of the crew behind Star Wars Rebels, her experience with Her Universe’s Fashion Show at San Diego Comic Con, and much more!
One of my favorite Marvel comic book artists and children’s book illustrator, Skottie Young, has joined the long list of amazing talent involved in Star Wars projects. We recently got to see a first look at Young’s interlocking variant covers for the three Star Wars comic book series coming out next year.
“Like most people my age, I spent a good part of my childhood playing with ‘Star Wars’ toys for hours on end. I cried like a baby when I realized I left my wampa figure on the radiator and his leg melted half off. Flash forward years later and I get to be a little (pun absolutely intended) part of the ‘Star Wars’ universe by creating my take on these covers. It’s surreal. Also, I’ve shared that wampa story before and fans actually bring me wampa figures to cons. This is my life!” (MTV News)
The Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion DVD included the “A Look Ahead” trailer that was previously shown at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. This particular version, however, contains added footage from future episodes.
Young Axel of Rogue Rebels created his own short Star Wars Rebels podcast. He provides opinions about the characters and his take on Spark of Rebellion. Along with his awesome family, he also cosplays as Ezra Bridger. Make sure to tune in to his brief report at the Rogue Rebels Facebook Page and support a young podcaster in the making!
Jumping Into Hyperspace Theories: A New Podcast
Join Tricia Barr, editor and storytelling collaborator B.J. Priester, and FANgirl contributor Kay in a brand new podcast about Star Wars speculation, spoilers and storytelling from FANgirl Blog. The first episode introduces the goals of the podcast: “To share our speculations based on the evidence and inferences we have available, to learn a lot about storytelling along the way, and most of all to have a lot of fun with Star Wars.”
Visit FANgirl Blog to listen to the first episode and stay tuned for more in the near future.
Verizon FiOS WATCH Disney XD Star Wars Rebels Sweepstakes
If you’re a Verizon FiOS subscriber, you have the opportunity to enter a Star Wars Rebels sweepstakes. You could win a grand prize trip for four to Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA, a guided tour, passes to major theme parks in the area, a $1,000 gift card, and plenty more! Visit Verizon for more details and the chance to win other prizes.
While you’re at it, also enter the YAHOO! TV contest to win a Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion DVD.
Star Wars Rebels Artists Voyage to Skywalker Ranch for Inspiration
The Lucasfilm archive at Skywalker Ranch has every prop, costume, painting, and other material from Lucasfilm’s cinematic productions from Star Wars to Red Tails.
Kilian Plunkett admits he’ll use any excuse to drive 45 minutes north from his San Francisco office and poke around. As art director for the animated series “Star Wars Rebels,” which debuted [October 3] on the Disney Channel, he’s finding plenty of reasons to make the trip.
At the moment, he holds in his hands an 18-by-41-centimeter piece of cinematic history: one of artist Ralph McQuarrie’s gouache concept paintings for the original “Star Wars” trilogy.
Star Wars Rebels: An Interview with Freddie Prinze Jr.
The latest featurette contains an interview with Kanan Jarrus himself, Freddie Prinze Jr. He discusses playing Kanan, the process of voice acting, and how the series appeals to Star Wars fans of all ages.
Q&A: Star Wars Rebels Executive Producer Dave Filoni
The San Francisco Chronicle recently interviewed Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni. Filoni spoke about how Star Wars influenced him at a young age, working on Star Wars Rebels, the appearance of classic characters, the collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, and much more.
IGN interviewed Vanessa Marshall at New York Comic Con 2014. The topics of discussion included Hera’s role in the series, the darkness of the era, where she would like her character to go, Hera’s background, and more!
James Earl Jones to Receive the Voice Arts Icon Award
Best recognized as the voice of Darth Vader, James Earl Jones will receive the Voice Arts Icon Award at the Voice Arts Awards Gala. Taking place at the Museum of the Moving Image on November 9, the 1st Annual Awards Gala seeks to celebrate achievements in the voiceover industry. Visit That’s Voiceover! for more information.
Star Wars Rebels Arrives in Mexico
Artists took to the floors of a local mall to promote the premiere of Star Wars Rebels in Mexico. The result is quite stunning!
Dave Filoni’s Keynote Speech at MIPCOM & MIPJunior 2014
Dave Filoni recently spoke at a conference in Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France.
“When Disney Channels Worldwide President and Chief Creative Officer Gary Marsh combines forces with Lucasfilm’s Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) the result is galactic. Join them for a look at Star Wars Rebels the latest in Star Wars storytelling and take a journey through the unique creative process behind the phenomenon that continues to entertain audiences worldwide.”
LEGO Ezra in Space
Two little boys and a team of specialists help LEGO Ezra reach space in this Star Wars Rebels UK advertisement.
Taylor Gray Talks About Star Wars Rebels with Radio Disney
In a short interview with Radio Disney, Taylor Gray talks about Star Wars Rebels sound effects and what he and the other actors do to bring those sounds to life. [On a side note, based on what the host said, Wookiees and Ewoks aren't girly or just meant for girls, they're meant to be loved by both genders. I really appreciate that Taylor brought up the fact that there are two strong female characters, despite the host not really picking up on that. Also, women have as much talent as men when it comes to voice acting and making sound effects--it's not just a boys' thing.]
Steve Blum’s Behind-The-Scenes Photo
Steve Blum, the voice of Zeb Orrelios in Star Wars Rebels, shared this behind-the-scenes photo with the fans.
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