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Star Wars Rebels : Spark of Rebellion to Premiere on October 3 on Disney Channel.

Finally the official premier of the one-hour pilot has been revealed by StarWars.com. Hit the jump for the official press release… 
From StarWars.com:

Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, an exciting animated one-hour movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion is set to premiere Friday, October 3 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT in the US) on Disney Channels around the world, ushering in the highly anticipated series Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. In the US, Star Wars Rebels episodes will debut Monday nights beginning Monday, October 13 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney XD. Worldwide, the series will air in 33 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households.

Leading up to its global television debut, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be available on Disney Channel SVOD and to verified users beginning Monday, September 29, on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app.


Set between the events of Star Wars: Episodes III and IV, the story unfolds during a dark time when the evil Galactic Empire is tightening its grip of power on the galaxy. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet and are ruining the lives of its people. The motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost — cowboy Jedi Kanan, ace pilot Hera, street-smart teenager Ezra, the “muscle” Zeb, warrior firebrand Sabine, and cantankerous old astromech droid Chopper — is among a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, they will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures, and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.


At the Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion Fan Event at San Diego Comic-Con this year, the movie garnered rave reviews from fans who found the story and look akin to the classic trilogy of films. The series’ designs are influenced by the work of original Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie.



Star Wars Rebels is created by Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sherlock Holmes), and Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm Animation production is also executive-produced by Filoni and Kinberg as well as Greg Weisman (Gargoyles).


The talented voice cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus, and Jason Isaacs as the Inquisitor.


For the multi-platform schedule in the US go to StarWars.com



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  • Still no comments? Well i’m gonna have to change that.

    • Anonymous

      I think the lack of comments indicates a lack of interest of the show, or people being patient and trying not to post anything negative.

      • That would never happen.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah you’re right, people would never post anything negative on a SW website

  • Anonymous

    Does the group of characters strike you as a little bit too close to “guardians of the galaxy”? I mean, the kid is starlord, the Twi’lek is Gamora, the big guy is Groot, the mandalorian armor chick is the racoon, and the jedi is Drax. It’s a pretty close match.

    • No, i’m not really seeing it.

    • Retrotek

      Yeah like anything about Guardians of the Galaxy is original.

      • Pomojema

        The original team predated Star Wars by nearly a decade.

    • Anonymous

      I agree except Chopper takes the place of the raccoon.

  • The Reb

    Queue whining about how terrible Rebels is (without having seen it) in 3…2…1…

    • Anonymous

      You do realize of course, that we have seen trailers, clips, shorts, and character portraits…right?

      • Pomojema

        It would do you well to never trust a trailer. I would, however, trust the positive reaction it got from people that actually watched it at SDCC.

        • Anonymous

          It’s certainly true that trailers can be misleading.

          However we’ve also seen concepts, entire sequences, character portraits, shorts, etc. So it’s not as though we’re depending entirely on trailers alone.

          There’s certainly enough material in the “Art Attack” short alone to make an educated criticism.

          • Dark Helmet

            I saw seven minutes of this crap on the Disney Channel. I think it’s safe to say that this isn’t the Star Wars cartoon show I’ve been looking for.

            • ha ha ha ha!


              how do YOU know it’s so good without seeing it?

              • The Reb

                I haven’t said it is good or bad. I like some of what I have seen and I dislike other things. My final verdict will be reserved for some quality time with the show (several episodes). It may be like Clone Wars which I felt was pretty terrible for the first season. In some ways Rebels has a problem the CW didn’t- the movies it relates to are good. With Clone Wars it was easy to improve on the concept of the prequels, even though the first season fumbled it, imo. For Rebels, leading into the Classic Trilogy is a disadvantage when trying to please the rabid fanboys, me included. That said, I don’t have cable anyway so I am not sure I will even be able to see it!

  • Gabe

    I don’t have strong feelings one way or the other about Rebels, but they weren’t kidding about the McQuarrie influence on the artwork!
    Some of the stills look pretty cool, though the concepts seem kind of under served by the blocky/shiny computer animation. Imagine if they had gone really old school and used cell animation in the style of a 1970s/1980s cartoon!
    But realistically, I think the look of Rebels will suit its younger target audience just fine.

  • Anonymous

    Yay! Marking my calendar. Sure it’s a kid show, sure it’s not as awesome as the movies, but it’s Star Wars and it’s canon. And maybe it will add a positive interesting back story to the OT. I’m gonna watch it.

  • C32Jedi

    STAR WARS IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE FOR KIDS! I CANT STAND ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT COMPLAIN OTHERWISE! Ok, there was my vent. People – remember the feeling you had as a kid first experiencing Star WArs? Imagine that, and then multiplied a million because EVERY MONDAY NIGHT you get new shows to expand the story! This isn’t a horror series. This isn’t Dungeons and Dragons. This isn’t “V”. This isn’t even Star Trek! Its STAR WARS and its based on mythology and its rooted at reaching Children and adults! It isn’t designed for 42 year olds who want to see violence and gore – its for kids (and the kids, that I hope, are in all of us!). We would have DIED TO HAVE THIS AS 8 YEARS OLDS!!!!!!!!! THINK LIKE YOU ARE A KID! UGH!!!! My rant for the day is over!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah. Hmm. You see, the thing of it is, Rebels looks kiddy even by OT standards.

      So… bye-bye worthless argument. *waves*

    • Anonymous

      Another commenter posted about how children cartoons can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages if done well, like Batman the Animated Series, or the X-men cartoons of the 1990s. This seems like a cartoon that only children could enjoy; that is not a promising sentiment.

    • Anonymous

      Folks who feel like they have to write in all caps are cranks.

  • Mynock 1

    Thanks for letting us know about the premiere date…

    …I’ll make sure to miss it.

    Meanwhile, anything on Episode VII?

  • Anonymous

    Stop with the rebels pish this is I thought a starwars 7 news site rebels shmebles enough already!!

    • Pomojema

      Okay, we’ll stop posting article on anything that isn’t Star Wars Episode VII. Watch as several days pass without any interesting leads or leaks and people complain that there’s no news. See how people lose interest and web traffic spikes downward.

      I’d hate to burst your bubble, but we aren’t doing that. This complaint is an old hat, and frankly we’re kind of sick of hearing it. Rebels is getting a number of headlines because it’s about to have its premiere. It’s all Star Wars news nonetheless.

    • Anonymous

      It’s just such a stupid comment.

      So what happens after Episode VII is released.

      Should they not post any news about Episode VIII?

      • Pomojema

        That too. I imagine this site will undergo a name-change once we get closer to the release of the movie.

        • Greg Kirby

          Please make names mandatory…..Get rid of the ANON…option, Anon is for cowards.

          I am 39 and I love everything star wars…
          Yes episodes 1-6, Holiday special, Droids, all the Ewok stuff, Clone wars alpha, Clone wars 3d, and yes even the clone wars movie. And yes I will love watching star wars rebels.

          All the star wars stuff has it flaws and excitements. But a true star wars fan loves it all, reguardless of OT, PT or so. It’s entertainment first for kids but all ages.

          Id you want to hate it so much then STFU, and don’t watch it, it’s that simple.


          • Anonymous

            Are you saying that negative criticism about the show should not be allowed?

            • No, hes saying you have to like everything Star Wars no matter what the flaws are to be a fan. Something i don’t agree with.

              • Anonymous

                So in other words, what he’s saying is that everyone should be required to think and say the same things about everything Star Wars.

          • No such thing as a “true” Star Wars fan.

  • WackyBantha

    Bring on Star Wars: Detours!

  • Jerry Markham

    I want to watch it because its Star Wars. I don’t have cable, satelite, direct tv etc… I do want to watch this obe show without signing up for a service. Is there a place to watch on demand (i don’t mind paying the one time). I’m in the US.

  • Anonymous

    How dare Disney make a Star Wars cartoon that isn’t aimed at 40 year olds.

    • Anonymous

      Or general audiences.

    • Anonymous

      We’re not saying it needs to be aimed at 40 year olds.

      But aiming it at a 14+ general audience sure would be nice, rather than aiming it at 8 year olds.

      • DavidJ

        How is it aimed at 8 year olds? Because it’s not as grim and deadly serious as TCW? Or because (horror or horrors) there’s a character wearing pink armor?? Please.

        • Anonymous

          The 16 year old wearing pink armor is certainly one of the primary reasons. But that’s not a horror of horrors; it’s just simply stupid.

          • DavidJ

            Lol. To hear people whine, you’d think she painted a bunch of flowers, hearts, and teddy bears onto her armor.

            For crissake, it’s a little bit of pink and orange. Fans need to stop being so freakin uptight.

            • Anonymous

              Except that it’s much more than just a few dashes of color.

              The entire concept of the character has many layers of dumb. Allow me to elaborate.

              Layer 1: A 16 year old “explosives expert supreme, and a master of advanced weapons.”


              How can a 16 year old be an expert supreme or master of anything? To be a master or expert at something, anything, it requires years and decades of training and experience. Not just a quick read of a few WikiPedia articles and girl power. When did Sabine begin her training? When she was 4? Give me a break. There are kids who engage in warfare in other countries but they sure aren’t experts or masters, supreme or otherwise.

              Layer 2: Bright pink cosplay costume with colorful paint splatters.


              Wearing bright pink is a great way to facilitate the target practice of your enemies. Sabine may as well have a “please shoot here” sign posted on her back. This is hardly the kind of muted color or camouflage one generally sees those who fight a guerrilla rebellion wearing, for obvious reasons. Her cosplay costume screams, “please look at me!” which is why you’d want to be as far away from this teenager as possible during any kind of tactical maneuver.

              Layer 3: She’s a graffiti artist who expresses her art through her explosions and tagging.


              What a great way to help your enemy track your movements. Again, if you’re trying to fight a guerrilla rebellion, the very last thing you’d want anywhere near you is an “impulsive” teenager that’s constantly trying to draw attention to herself.

              Layer 4: If they have to explain to you how interesting and compelling she is, then they know she’s not.

              Looking at all the words used to describe her in the press release for her diary, the publicist uses the following plethora of adjectives: funny, creative, impulsive, awesome, compelling, interesting, crazy, strong, bold, confident, cool. I guess she’s everything. Is there anything that she isn’t? I think they forgot one other word:


              Layer 5: She’s this, and she’s that! And she’s this and she’s that! And this and that too!


              They’re trying to cram too much into one character in an effort to make her an empowered teenage feminist’s wet dream. But it didn’t need to be this way. They could have picked up Sabine as a naive teenage graffiti artist. Much in the same way they picked up Luke as a naive farm boy. Then had her grow into an explosives expert throughout the run of the show as part of her character arc. Just as Luke eventually became a Jedi Knight in the Original Trilogy. It could have been interesting to see the character’s frustration at having to suppress her self expression due to having to keep cover while fighting a guerrilla rebellion. Or the eventual joy of being able to engage in her art once they become victorious over the Empire. Unfortunately in the committee’s rush to make her a super dynamic “girls can be everything” role model, they robbed Sabine of any such potentially interesting character arc.

              Layer 6: She’s a 16 year old having fun wreaking havoc on the Imperial Armies.


              While there are children who engage in warfare, they’re not doing it with a carefree spunky, feisty, and/or sassy smirk on their faces. War is hell. Having this character play hop-scotch on the heads of Stormtroopers almost satirizes the very serious nature of warfare, particularly when children are involved.

              That’s not whining. It’s just pointing out the obvious.

              • Anonymous

                Why does the phrase ‘guerrilla rebellion’ keep getting used to describe the downside of Sabine as a character? Last I heard, Filoni made a point of clarifying that these heroes are by no means the rebellion, but are in part the inspiration behind others creating such a cause. To be an inspiration one would have to be outgoing enough to earn renown.

                These characters don’t strike me the bothan spy type, but more so the Han chasing a stormtrooper down a corridor all solo like straight into a small battalion of other troops type, which these characters’ attires and personalities seem to pull off quite brilliantly actually. That’s my take on ’em anyway.

                • Anonymous

                  Because that’s what the Rebellion, and virtually all rebellions, are fighting. Guerrilla warfare is an inherent part of any rebellion, particularly at the start.

                  If what Filoni says is true, that they are not the rebellion, then the title of the first episode, “Spark of the Rebellion” is curious indeed.

                  Han Solo was by no means a celebrity in the galaxy far, far away. And during the Battle of Endor, he too wisely chose to wear a camouflage over coat, in their guerrilla attack on the shield generator.

              • DavidJ

                Jeez, I had no idea we were watching a war documentary here. Sabine’s armor doesn’t really make any less sense than the blindingly white armors of the Stormtroopers that makes them such easy targets, or Jango Fett’s shiny silver armor that would surely make him stand out in a crowd.

                And for all we know Sabine is simply really gifted. Like a lot of young people who have amazing skills that most other people don’t learn until much later. Or she was, you know, just trained by someone who was really good.

                And as for her “spunky, carefree spirit” during war, well it’s not exactly like Han, Luke and Leia were treating their situation in ANH with deadly seriousness. Hell, Leia witnessed the destruction of her entire planet and family, and barely any time at all passed before she was making wisecracks about “short stormtroopers”– because that’s the kind of movie that was. A fun, cornball adventure story. Which is the same tone Rebels is clearly going for.

                It’s not trying to be an uber-realistic portrait of war anymore than the OT was. I know that’s the tone fans got used to with TCW, but that was NOT the tone of the OT (thank god).

                • Jango Fett’s outfit would help him blend into a city and storm troopers don’t hide or sneak. They fight in large numbers.

                • Anonymous

                  We’re not watching a war documentary here. But it’s important for you to understand, that many aspects of Star Wars were modeled after war and the military, which is what gave it its realistic feel. Look for a video on YouTube entitled George Lucas Interview: Aerial Dogfights in Star Wars.


                  So this actually was in fact the tone of the OT, though tone is the incorrect word. One of the reasons Ralph McQuarrie was employed as a designer had much more to do than just being a good artist. McQuarrie worked for Boeing as an illustrator, and had intimate knowledge of aeronautics, aerodynamics, space flight enginerring, etc. This is why his designs are so much more believable than many other conceptual artists in the field.

                  With regards to Sabine’s armor, you’re comparing apples and oranges. The Empire is not engaging in guerilla warfare, they are the establishment power that is fending off the guerilla attacks. So it’s more important that they present an imposing presence psychologically. Additionalyly, Jango Fett is not engaging in guerilla warfare. He’s a Bounty Hunter. Like Dawg.

                  So no, Sabine’s armor doesn’t make any sense in any context. If it did, we’d see plenty of freedom fighters wearing pink in the real world; we don’t.

                  Whether Sabine was gifted or really good is irrelevant. Mastery of anything requires years of experience. Period. There’s no way around that.

                  You make an interesting point with regards to “spunky.” But I’d argue that there’s a siignificant difference between Sabine openly taunting Stormtroppers at point blank range, and making sardonic remarks in the midst of unfortunate events. They’re taking the Han Solo archetype to an extreme so absurd that it becomes a parody.

                • Anonymous

                  I would probably behoove some of the younger folks around here to read up on how Star Wars was actually developed and what influenced it, rather than just making things up.

  • Griffin

    I’m sixteen and think this show looks terrible.
    They should have gotten better writers to do this show rather than that moron with the stupid cowboy hat, Dave Filoni. I can appreciate children’s films like Toy Story, Despicable Me. But this? What is this? Based on the shorts, characters portraits, trailer and 7 minute preview of the pilot, I can honestly say that this show looks like MINIMAL effort was put into it. Its as if the writers have never seen the OT. Bad animation. Bad dialogue.

    • The Incredibles?

    • Greg Kirby

      LOL The bad flaws of episode 4 and 6 was the bad dialogue. Because Lucas wrote them.

      • Jedi Shampoo

        No Lucas did not write most of the dialogue. William and Gloria Huck wrote many of the one liners and infused sarcasms for EP 4 script (both were recommended by Coppola because Lucas could not write a script well) Kasden wrote for 5 and 6 amist other’s contributions.

  • Anonymous

    That animal character with the pointy ears looks like the early concept drawing of Chewbacca. You can see the similarities in “The Star Wars” comic books that were recently released

    • Pomojema

      They said that was what they were going for with the character (Zeb) very early on.