The look and feel of the show is heavily influenced by original Star Wars conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie. McQuarrie’s works are considered a springboard for the new series’ visual identity.
Fans were treated to a first look at the Star Wars Rebels main character’s ship Ghost since it will play a big part in the series. Also shown was a computer rendering of a McQuarrie styled Stormtrooper, a Star Destroyer interior and more. The new logo definitely represents while harkening back to the original iconic Star Wars insignia and clearly recalls the Rebel pilots flight suit colors of black and orange.
Since they were unable to attend CEII in the flesh, executive producers Greg Weisman and Simon Kinberg shared their excitement with those in attendance via a video message.
“The series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. It 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.
Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.”
A full recap of the Rebels panel and other Star Wars-centric events at Celebration Europe can be found at the official Star Wars blog.
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