UPDATE! More From Dave Filoni on Rebels – Including New Footage! Plus – New Details About Star Wars Celebration 2015.

Dave Filoni /Film published their whole interview with Star Wars: Rebels Executive Producer Dave Filoni. Also the official Star Wars site published a list with some of the names who will appear on next year’s Star Wars Celebration taking place in Anaheim…
Excerpts from /Film:

/Film: You’ve been working with Lucasfilm and Star Wars for a while but this, unlike Clone Wars is the first piece of this whole new Disney era. Is there any added pressure in that? And how did that change things from how you worked on Clone Wars?
DF: It’s different than it was before in that when we worked with George, we were all at Skywalker Ranch. The animation division was almost separate within Lucasfilm. But Kathy [Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm] has brought us down to the Presidio now, so we work right where ILM is and we’re right where all the Star Wars films are gonna be made. We’re all on the same floor. And, you know, I think that gives a better community now. You know, it’s kind of like without George, we’re all banding together. Lucasfilm Story Group, Kathy Kennedy, the directors of all the new films, we all get together and talk about Star Wars and what’s gonna be best for it. So I’m very proud and I feel the responsibility of being this first thing out.


/Film: Now, what I really loved about the show is it was just this story. It was these characters and that’s it. In the Clone Wars sometimes you’d get lost early because it jumps around. Is this story, at least for now, going to be just the people on the Ghost or will be jump around and meet all these different other people?
DF: This is a story about largely Ezra Bridger and how he’s interacting with this crew. So every episode is about these guys. Sometimes it focuses on different parts of the crew. But it’s about this family unit and their kind of struggle against the Empire.
/Film: Without spoilers, can we safely say this band of characters is beginning of a growing thing that’ll lead to Princess Leia and the creation of the Death Star? Is this the beginning of the snowball effect?
DF: At the point we are, so many years later, they are so few and far between that I don’t think he would follow up every lead. Because one of the things that’s muddled the whole operation, in my mind, is kids being born that can use the Force. The Emperor and Vader don’t really want them around either. But they’re so unnotable, you needed a group of hunters, attack dogs. And so we have an Inquisitor that goes out and hunts these guys down. Now if he was to hunt a guy down, let’s say he’s somewhere on Tatooine and he runs into Obi Wan Kenobi, probably the Inquisitor won’t survive that. But if he did, he would call Vader up and go “You better get out here.”

For the full interview go to /Film.
SW Celebration StarWars.com confirmed Dave Filoni and more for Star Wars Celebration 2015:

One of the biggest names in Star Wars storytelling is coming to the ultimate Star Wars party. Lucasfilm announced today that Star Wars Rebels executive producer and Star Wars: The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni will attend Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, California (April 16-19, 2015).
Star Wars fans have come to know and respect Filoni over the last six years for his dedication to the integrity and feel of the Star Wars universe. His deep knowledge of Star Wars and his creative vision for the property made him the perfect choice to helm Star Wars: The Clone Wars as supervising director, working directly with George Lucas to produce over 100 episodes of the four-time Emmy-winning series – a rare industry milestone.
Now as executive producer on the upcoming Star Wars Rebels, Filoni is leading the development of the newest Star Wars animated series, which is scheduled to premiere this October as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world. He will be appearing on the Celebration stages in April to discuss Star Wars Rebels along with some possible exclusive sneak peeks!

For the full list go to StarWars.com.
In addition to this chat, a short behind-the-scenes video with some new footage has been revealed on the Canadian Toys “R” Us has been released. In the video, Filoni mentions that the Ghost crew aren’t the founders of the Alliance To Restore The Republic so much as a small group of heroic outlaws – each one acting out against the Empire for important reasons – that are nonetheless important to the eventual success of the Rebel Alliance proper.

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65 thoughts on “UPDATE! More From Dave Filoni on Rebels – Including New Footage! Plus – New Details About Star Wars Celebration 2015.

  • August 7, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I don’t cat

    • August 7, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      Cats don’t dance.

      • August 8, 2014 at 12:41 am

        And if they don’t dance, well they’re no friends of mine.

        • August 8, 2014 at 10:30 am

          *figures out this is part of a song…mental jukebox starts up*

          Yay. 😛

  • August 7, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Those poor ILM introverts now have anxious Lucasfilm employees looking over their shoulders and bugging the hell out of them:P

  • August 7, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I really wish they’d add a variety of guests rather than a bunch from the animated series. Who really cares about meeting the voice of Obi-Wan?

    • August 7, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Except that James Arnold Taylor is an awesome person. I’d rather meat him than some big name star who was only contractually obligated to to be there.

      • August 7, 2014 at 8:40 pm

        I’m just asking for variety, that’s all. I’m sure he’s a great person, but I could give two shits about the clone wars.

        • August 8, 2014 at 2:29 pm

          Also its important that there is a balanced amount of female and male hosts, also at least 1 gay staff.
          Sorry, that was not kind..

  • August 7, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Just watched the 7 minute “Rebels” preview on YouTube.
    What childish tripe. And this is supposed to tie in to VII?!?
    Guess Disney think– no: KNOWS, what imbeciles movie audiences are today.
    And with you-know-who at the helm, that only seals the deal.

    • August 7, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      It’s supposed to tie in to IV not VII. And I think it’s fine that an animation series look childish. They’re supposed to look that way. My son loves it. 🙂

      • August 7, 2014 at 8:12 pm

        I’m fine with animated, I just wish they hadn’t gone so cartoony. I prefer the style and level of detail of Clone Wars. I don’t know, maybe it’ll grow on me. Definitely will give it a chance.

        • August 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm

          IMO it’s just as childish as TCW animation… Couldn’t take the bulk of that series seriously either. There were a few good episodes, though.

      • August 7, 2014 at 8:47 pm

        According to articles ON THIS BLOG, some of the characters in “Rebels” are supposed to turn up in SEVEN, not FOUR, obviously. Check your FACTS before you naysay.
        Of course, common courtesy won’t stop you from said naysaying anyway, even though I’m right, so you’re just gonna make me hafta look for the links to the blog entries I’m talking about, thus making more work for me ….
        See? Completely discourteous.

        QUICK EDIT
        Holy shit, I didn’t read who wrote the thing I’m responding to. Sorry, Viral, I didn’t see it was you. So let me just say, you are absolutely correct p, bossman! It’s your blog, so whatever YOU say, goes! Whew ….
        *pulls on collar nervously*

        • August 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm

          Indeed there are rumors that characters from Rebels could appear in Episode VII. But check the title of the article from yesterday. It looks like Simon Kinberg never heard of that possibility. And as you said there are too many years between Rebels and VII.

          • August 7, 2014 at 8:56 pm

            The way I remember reading the quote, IV was a lot more likely, but VII was also a possibility, however remote.

          • August 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm

            Here’s a quote:

            “But in terms of a responsibility for the Rebels to sort of connect to Episode VII? We haven’t really talked about that. And there is such a huge time gap between them that really what we focus on is the connection and responsibility to Episode IV.”

            If they really still haven’t talked about it then the rumors are definitely BS.

          • August 8, 2014 at 10:16 am

            Thanks for the quote.

            Most likely it’s BS, but I also don’t think they would admit to saying there’s a connection into VII because they’re being so secretive with the deets.

          • August 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm

            Or they could be pulling our chain. I mean if the Night Sisters are rumored to be in it, then anything is possible.

          • August 7, 2014 at 8:59 pm

            Yes, Sir!! You are 1000% right, Sir! Heh …. *ahem*
            *backs away whilst bowing*

          • August 7, 2014 at 11:07 pm

            Allow me to quote Ferengi rule of aquisition #33:
            “It never hurts to suck up to the boss!”

          • August 8, 2014 at 12:46 am

            No, Viral, you are not that bad, Cary is. Spouts nothing but negativity around here, but funny as hell to see him cowering with his tail between his legs.

            I say ban him just for being a spineless twit. 😉

          • August 8, 2014 at 10:28 am

            No. Don’t ban him. His comedic cowardice provides a nice balance to the Fan Wars.

          • August 8, 2014 at 4:34 pm

            If Cary feels that he’s being treated unfairly, perhaps Viral Hide can leave a garrison here…

      • August 8, 2014 at 10:11 am

        Viral Hide: “They’re supposed to look that way. My son loves it. :)”

        Holy crap, we’re getting older! I have a beard! <:-{O}

    • August 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      The only thing that really bugs me about it is the fact that it’s canon. If it weren’t I’d enjoy it quite a bit, but is this really supposed to be the story leads into the rebel struggle against imperial oppression in EpIV? The animation, the characters, the voice acting and the overall tone of the show make it hard for me to take seriously. Maybe it’s just me, but it just does not seem to work.

      • August 7, 2014 at 8:21 pm

        … Saying that for months and no ones believed me until now. The show is ridiculously childish.

        • August 7, 2014 at 8:26 pm

          I wasn’t too keen on the teaser trailers, introductory character videos and images we received earlier this year, but I wasn’t about to make a legitimate judgement until I saw a good chunk of the show. This 7 minute clip suffices and now I know I’m not going to advocate this series. I’ll watch more of it from time to time to see if it gets any better, but as of right now I think it’s clear that the show bleeds Disney.

          • August 7, 2014 at 9:01 pm

            What tipped you off? The wide-eyed, Alladdin-ish lead protaganist, tne infantile dialog or ….. EVERYTHING ELSE ABOUT IT?

          • August 7, 2014 at 9:07 pm

            Exactly. I was waiting for the introduction of his little monkey sidekick:p Maybe it happens later in the episode.

          • August 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm

            Wouldn’t be surprised if Gilbert Gottfried and Robin Willaims were asked to do some voice acting for this show.

          • August 8, 2014 at 10:02 am

            The second episode introduces Abu the Ewokiee!

          • August 8, 2014 at 4:36 pm

            Honestly, everything about it is mostly fine, except for the deeply stupid Sabine character.

      • August 8, 2014 at 1:03 am

        It’s not supposed to be taken seriously. You’re supposed to have fun with it.

        • August 8, 2014 at 2:13 pm

          That’s what my last girlfriend used to say.

      • August 8, 2014 at 11:26 pm

        Why to be nervous about this show being canon? I could watch and enjoy Clone Wars and Rebels (till now I´ve seen just the Clone wars 2D series and The Clone Wars 3D movie)and never take it as canon. To me it will always be “just another star wars universe” with no relation whatsoever with the movies…and I can live happily ever after 🙂

    • August 8, 2014 at 3:55 am

      old old grumpy turd.. No one what you

  • August 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    the 7 minute clip reminded me of Aladdin. not a fan.

    EDIT: Didn’t see IPAD’s comment above but my comment only gives traction to his that this is indeed Aladdin…so I’m leaving it up.

  • August 7, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Look at his face in the photo, he’s stoned off his rocker!

    • August 8, 2014 at 6:52 am

      Dude, some respect, he’s just meditating about the Force.

      • August 8, 2014 at 7:22 pm

        After sparking up a little doobage.

  • August 7, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    i just hope disney creates later more series for an adult audience, maybe live action?

    • August 8, 2014 at 12:19 am

      Dude, it’s Disney, not HBO.

      • August 8, 2014 at 2:11 am

        So you are saying there isn’t going to be any nudity?!?

      • August 8, 2014 at 10:02 am

        Disney is making a collection of Daredevil series for Netflix that will be HBO quality.

      • August 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm

        Maybe they could produce more mature Star Wars fare under their Touchstone banner.

        Is Touchstone still around?

  • August 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    I think the main purpose of the show is to bring in the younger generations into the Star Wars universe. Those who were too young or not yet born when the PT (and obviously the OT) came out. That’ll increase revenue for when the movies hit the screen. Of course, it also looks like they went too far with the tone of it. So in the process of acquiring younger fans, they’ve somewhat blocked out the older – good ol’ Disney.

    • August 7, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Filoni and Kinberg are masters of taking things too far.

      • August 9, 2014 at 4:50 am

        Two masters and no apprentice? Wow, they really did take things too far.

  • August 8, 2014 at 12:13 am

    interest in rebels is gone. now that we know that it has nothing to do with Episode 7, and it is going to suck for anyone over the age of 8. can we focus on something else, and let nickelodeon or someone else take over? and maybe get back to the actual topic this website was created for? thanks!

    • August 8, 2014 at 12:34 am

      Hear, fucking hear ….

    • August 8, 2014 at 2:23 am

      If we were to take your suggestion – that is, to only post news relating to Episode VII – we would most likely not have anything to post for the rest of the two-week hiatus. At that point, people would likely complain about there being a *lack* of news.

      Just because “Star Wars 7” is in the title of the site doesn’t mean that it’s the only Star Wars property that we’re going to bring up. What would this site report on once the movie’s in theaters?

      • August 8, 2014 at 4:44 pm

        I have to agree with Pomojema.

        If the blog stuck to specifically Episode VII news it would be pretty boring, and there’s wouldn’t be much to talk about.

        I find most of the conversations here to be intellectually stimulating when they’re not being unduly suppressed by those who disagree with certain points of view.

        Like it or hate it, Rebels will have an Episode VII connection even if only tangentially, as will other Star Wars projects undoubtedly.

        Besides, what happens when Episode VIII roles around, should the blog still just stick with VII then?

  • August 8, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Seriously, you don’t have to read the articles.

    And it would be foolish for a website to risk potentially going several days at a time with ZERO news related DIRECTLY to the main purpose of the website

    I understand the complaint, but you do understand how websites work, right?

    • August 8, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Already debunked. And thank God. Looked too similar to the original.

  • August 8, 2014 at 10:03 am

    This looks like it is from an exhibit, not the chrome versions from previous reports.

  • August 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Filoni rocks

    • August 9, 2014 at 4:48 am

      I really wish I believed that.

  • August 8, 2014 at 1:55 pm


    • August 9, 2014 at 9:04 am

      More bullshit huh? Cylon helmet, why waste peoples time dipshit?

      • August 10, 2014 at 1:20 am

        Why so sensitive? No sense of humor?

  • August 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    The Clone Wars show was terrible. I hope Filoni won’t mess this up too, since it’s canon.

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