Our pal Mary Franklin has a strong supporting role in this video about the real-life Chopper and his travels! (There’s a new Rebels clip at the end as well.)
Empire is teasing the May the 4th Rebels trailer. They say it’ll air on Disney XD at 11.40 a.m.
Today’s featurette has current Star Wars artists, designers and other luminaries talking about concept art maestro Ralph McQuarrie.
IGN’s Eric Goldman and Dave Filoni go in-depth on The Clone Wars’ final season. Spoilers! They also address some Rebels fan speculation.
Now that the episodes are out in the wild, Dan Brooks at StarWars.com has posted his discussion with Dave Filoni on the official blog. The best parts are all fairly spoilery, so head on over to read it.
Dave Filoni is back in the Los Angeles Times, this time to chat up Rebels, addressing some of the fan concerns about what will be our our first real block of Disney-in Lucas-out content, how the show’s focus differs from The Clone Wars (“you won’t be watching those politics unfold”) and even a design element you might not expect:
“I know that Kathy [Kennedy] is a very big fan of [Japanese animator Hayao] Miyazaki, so I told [art director] Kilian Plunkett to look at his designs and what makes them so iconic and memorable,” Filoni said. That, combined with McQuarrie’s original “Star Wars” designs, is the look of the new “Rebels.”
He also touches on the Force (“a less-is-more scenario”) and, uh, fans talking about how certain characters will probably be killed off. (Guilty.)
With ‘The Lost Missions’ out in the world, Dave Filoni thanks fans of The Clone Wars on StarWars.com this afternoon.
While we weren’t able to tell every story in the Clone Wars era, there is plenty to look forward to. Every day there are amazing new Star Wars stories being developed here at Lucasfilm. I guess my intention here is to encourage you all to dream, to imagine, not just what these stories might have been, but what the possibilities are for other new stories which have never been told before. And maybe the person who tells those stories will be you. I hope you have enjoyed what was, and what yet might be, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
He shares a wealth of sketches from the show’s last story conference, and even gives a small spoiler.
Dave Filoni tells Entertainment Weekly that the last arc of The Clone Wars is George Lucas’ “last statement about Yoda and The Force and how things fit together” and “absolutely must-watch story content.”
We tried several seasons to tell a Yoda arc, but the problem is he’d come in and be able to solve a problem in five minutes. In the end, George finally decided to tell a big story about The Force and the balance of The Force and what it means when some people appear after they die and some don’t. Fans have long wondered about that. This goes a long way to explaining that issue. These are things that were the backbone of his Jedi ideas. How can a Star Wars fan not get excited by that?
Filoni also touches on Order 66 and what the future may hold for the untold Clone Wars stories. Be warned, there is another small spoiler in the interview, so it may be best to read this only after you watch the final arc.
The 13 ‘Lost Missions’ episodes are streaming on Netflix now, along with the show’s first 5 seasons and debut movie.
I don’t know why all this Star Wars TV stuff is coming out of Germany lately, but here you have it: Dave Filoni and crew introducing a grumpy new astromech droid from Rebels, Chopper.
Meanwhile, there’s also some toy-based hints we might see Vader on Rebels. Yeah, it was more or less inevitable, but I admit I am a bit surprised that it may happen early enough to be in the first round of toys.
UPDATE: Chopper is now on StarWars.com, with a first look at (of course,) the Hasbro version.