UPDATE! Star Wars Rebels: WonderCon 2014 Exclusive Clip & Interview With Composer Kevin Kiner.

This special Star Wars Rebels preview clip, which premiered at WonderCon 2014, features an introduction from voice actress Vanessa Marshall and an exciting sequence from the upcoming animated series…


Hera, captain of the Ghost, pilots her starship during a battle with two TIE fighters. Chopper delivers a message from Kanan, currently engaging the TIEs in the top turret. The Jedi is apparently displeased with Hera’s maneuvering. In response, she takes matters into her own hands…


The official Star Wars youtube page was updated with yet another new video. It’s an interview with TCW and Star Wars: Rebels composer Kevin Kiner:

Kevin Kiner, composer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, returns to a galaxy far, far away with the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series. In this exclusive interview, he discusses his writing process, musical background, and previews the theme for Lucasfilm’s new show.

Looking back at his first involvement with Star Wars, Kiner says that it was daunting to follow John Williams. But it was invigorating, as well, and continues to be with his new work on Star Wars Rebels. He grew up playing rock n’ roll in garage bands, and melded that sensibility with classical on Star Wars: The Clone Wars — and will do so again on Star Wars Rebels. Tone-wise, the music for Star Wars Rebels “will have a different sound,” he says. “It’s going to be a little closer to A New Hope than Clone Wars was. Now, to be able to go back and start using John’s themes in different ways is exciting for me.”

Kiner also shows off some his own string-instruments, including the cello-like guitar viol, which he plans to use on the new series. Finally, he demos the Star Wars Rebels theme, which builds in complexity and incorporates classic Star Wars melodies. At the piece’s end, Kiner is excited, saying, “And we have a new generation of Star Wars.”

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39 thoughts on “UPDATE! Star Wars Rebels: WonderCon 2014 Exclusive Clip & Interview With Composer Kevin Kiner.

  • April 20, 2014 at 1:25 am

    I Can’t Wait for this show! hopefully Disney doesn’t Screw it up. at least it will give us something to hold us over until Star Wars VII

    • April 20, 2014 at 4:55 am

      The battles are so intense in this show, it’s going to suck all the goodness out of these kinds of dogfight space battles. By the time December 2015 rolls around, we’re all going to be saying “been there, done that.” The fact that the Ghost looks and moves just like the Millennium Falcoln doesn’t help either.

    • April 20, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Woah, wait, when did you become an admin dandino?

    • April 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      Good for you. Viral certainly does need the help

    • April 23, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Oh congratulations dandino!!!!!!! So technically you are a Jedi Master now. Or are you a Jedi Knight? Well, whatever you are, you finally fulfilled the prophecy. And the prophecy states…

      “A young man with the heart of a giant lizard shall bring balance to the site of many posts, and shall work along side the Grand Master.”

      Congrats again Dandino!

      God Bless (and no rude replies please)

  • April 20, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Looks a lot better in action than it does in stills. Doesn’t look as cartoonish as I was thinking it might. Looking forward to it.

    • April 20, 2014 at 7:53 am

      Oh, it’ll be cartoonish. Just wait till we see the clip of Ezra and his light slingshot.

  • April 20, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Chopper is definitely the chosen one. This clip says it all. Think about it.

  • April 20, 2014 at 2:24 am

    I absolutely loved everything about the Clone Wars, but the animation “style” had transparent budget limitations which particularly stood out in lightsaber fights. The characters’ movements stopped after each contact, there wasn’t enough impact and follow through action. If this short clip is any indication, the animation has been vastly improved! I’m very psyched about it!

    • April 20, 2014 at 2:35 am

      Is agree very hype by rebels looks good. And I still loved clone wars tho

    • April 20, 2014 at 4:58 am

      Artistry: 100 points.
      Originality: 0.

  • April 20, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Clone wars was a very good impressive show, rebels looks and fell even better can’t wait

  • April 20, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Looks more promising than before. Hopefully it’ll have that OT fun without being too kidsy.

  • April 20, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Is it just me, or does chopper sound like it says, “what the F***” right at the beginning.

    • April 20, 2014 at 4:07 am

      huasuhsauhashu. Yeah, it sounds “What the fu……..” Thanks, Disney.

  • April 20, 2014 at 3:54 am

    Yea….thought I heard “What the F**k” as well. Looks very OT.

    • April 20, 2014 at 4:38 am

      Yes. Looks very OT. Nothing surprised me at all. Even the explosions looked taken out of IV. Hopefully VII won’t butt-kiss OT fans this badly and will try to go for a more original look.

    • April 20, 2014 at 6:58 am

      What even is original look? It’s Star Wars, both PT and OT. If the artists what the OT feel let them. Since they already said the show highly influenced by the OT. It’s not a competition here. PT had it’s glory days with a cartoon. Now let OT have it’s fun.


  • April 20, 2014 at 3:56 am

    I’m just sorry that I will have to wait until after the season is over for Netflix to put it up. But when it does, it will be binge night.

  • April 20, 2014 at 5:37 am

    How come it seems like there wont be luke, han or leia in it?

    Please tell me they will be in it.

    • April 20, 2014 at 5:57 am

      It makes sense for Leia to be in it, since she was already involved with the Rebellion at the beginning of IV. But Han is busy smuggling with Chewy, and Luke is stuck as a farmer on Tatooine.

    • April 20, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Han was not part of the Rebels. Nor was Luke. Their first step into the rebel alliance is when we first meet them in A New Hope. Leia on the other hand would make sense and I’d be very open to see that. Only if voiced by Carrie Fisher of course 😉

    • April 20, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      I don’t know if Carrie could voice someone young these days. Her voice has just changed too much for various reasons.

      I don’t like the character designs and ideas but I will say the animation itself is extremely good and much more life like compared to the decent yet stiff and wooden animation of clone wars.


    • April 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Op here.
      What I thought they could do is show Luke as kid or teen. Show his fascination with being a fighter pilot. You could also show obi wan mentoring him here and there. That would be awesome. Also throughout the series you could show him entering in races as he pilots the T16 Sky hopper.

      For Leia you could show her as an up and coming pollution conducting secret missions for the rebels.

      For Han you could see him getting out of bad situations by the skin of his teeth as a smuggler. You could show a lot about Han. How he meets chewy. How he won the Falcon form lando. Show his home world of corellia. At the same note you might even introduce wedge since he is from corellia too.

      I understand that there may not be enough information about them to the main focus of the series but they should not be excluded either.

    • April 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      I could see them putting in cameos… but that’s about it. Nothing too big.

    • April 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Why would they need Carrie? It’s not like Clone Wars used McGregor or Portman, they used voice actors. Mark Hamill, on the other hand, is an accomplished voice actor. It would be really cool if he had a recurring role or cameo as some other character.

  • April 20, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Awesome clip ! love chopper

  • April 20, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Looks like childish crap. 🙁

    • April 20, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Agreed!!! The green girl is annoying as hell.

  • April 20, 2014 at 9:49 am

    With the advances in CGI, the day may come when they can take all the episodes of the Clone Wars and this new show and run them through the computer once more, producing what looks indistinguishable from live-action drama. Just fill in more detail …

  • April 20, 2014 at 11:43 am

    News is coming on Wednesday guys

    • April 20, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Thursday rather

    • April 20, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      If you’re talking about the executive breakfast Disney is having on the 24th with Lucas and classic cast members in attendance, I saw that too. 100 VIP’s and execs also. Could mean something?

    • April 20, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Maybe it’s the big whoop de do Lucas talked about when he ‘ confirmed’ the big 3?

  • April 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    If i am honest i don’t have high hopes for this show, every clip i have seen bears the same flaws as the prequel trilogy. When will Lucas Arts learn that the humour should be subtle and not forced upon you……..the curse of Jar Jar lives on

  • April 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I didn’t know Astromech Droids could jump up and spin around like that then roll off on one leg..

    They should have done Star Wars: Reclamation instead. I really liked the concept art and the fact that it didnt look like it was soley marketed to 8 year olds.

  • April 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I think im gonna love this show., Love the design of the new space craft. And yes if Hasbro decides to make a toy out of it i will buy.

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