Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels is an American 3D CGI animated television series produced by Lucasfilm Animation. With its story beginning fourteen years after Revenge of the Sith and five years before A New Hope, Rebels takes place during an era when the Galactic Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy. Imperial forces are hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights while a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking form. The visual style of Rebels is inspired by the original Star Wars trilogy concept art by Ralph McQuarrie.
|Star Wars Rebels|
|Based on||Star Wars|
by George Lucas
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||75 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||approx. 22 minutes|
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||Disney XD|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||October 3, 2014– March 5, 2018|
|Preceded by||Star Wars: The Clone Wars|
|Followed by||Star Wars Resistance|
The series premiered as a one-hour television film, Spark of Rebellion, on October 3, 2014, on Disney Channel prior to the premiere of the series on October 13 on Disney XD. The first season consisted of 14 episodes (released as four shorts, a film, Spark of Rebellion, and 13 regular episodes) and the series features new characters along with ones from the original trilogy. The second season of 20 episodes premiered on June 20, 2015, with a one-hour television film, The Siege of Lothal. The third season of 19 episodes premiered on September 24, 2016, with another one-hour television film, Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow. On April 15, 2017, during Star Wars Celebration, it was announced the fourth season would be its last: it premiered on October 16, 2017, with another one-hour television film, Heroes of Mandalore, and its final episode aired on March 5, 2018.
Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg and Greg Weisman served as executive producers of season one. Weisman left the show after season one. Filoni was also the Supervising Director for the first two seasons, a role he relinquished after accepting a promotion that expanded his creative role into overseeing all Lucasfilm Animation projects; he chose Justin Ridge to succeed him for season three.
The series has been generally well received with several award winnings and nominations. A number of tie-in media has been released to expand upon the series' lore such as the comic book series Kanan and the novel Star Wars: A New Dawn.
Fourteen years after the fall of the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and the rise of the Galactic Empire, a motley group of rebels unite aboard a freighter starship called the Ghost and conduct covert operations against the Imperial garrison on and around the planet Lothal and on other planets in the galaxy that are menaced by the Galactic Empire.
Cast and charactersEdit
|First aired||Last aired|
|Shorts||4||August 11, 2014||September 1, 2014|
|1||15||October 3, 2014||March 2, 2015|
|2||22||June 20, 2015||March 30, 2016|
|3||22||September 24, 2016||March 25, 2017|
|4||16||October 16, 2017||March 5, 2018|
The first two episodes, titled Spark of Rebellion, premiered on October 3, 2014, on Disney Channels worldwide and on Family Channel in Canada. In Australia, the series premiered on October 17 on Disney XD. The Siege of Lothal premiered on June 28, 2015, and the second season debuted on October 18. In Canada, the series premiered on October 19 on the DHX-owned Disney XD. However, due to DHX Media losing the rights to Disney content, the show was later moved to Disney Channel. The second season premiered on November 7 and it was moved to the Corus-owned Disney XD channel on December 1.
In the Middle East and Africa, Spark of Rebellion premiered on October 11 and the series debuted on October 18 on Disney XD. Siege of Lothal premiered on October 10, followed the official season premiere on October 17. In Southeast Asia, Spark of Rebellion premiered on Disney XD on October 4 and the series officially started on November 29. Siege of Lothal premiered on October 3 on Disney XD and Disney Channel and the second season was released on October 24. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the series debuted on October 16 on Disney XD. Siege of Lothal premiered on July 18, 2015, followed by the second-season debut on October 17.
|DVD/Blu-ray name||DVD Releases||Blu-ray Releases|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4||Region A||Region B|
|Spark of Rebellion (DVD only)||October 14, 2014||October 13, 2014||November 5, 2014||Spark of Rebellion included in Complete Season One|
|Complete Season One||September 1, 2015||September 14, 2015||September 16, 2015||September 1, 2015||September 14, 2015|
|Complete Season Two||August 30, 2016||October 3, 2016||November 2, 2016||August 30, 2016||October 3, 2016|
|Complete Season Three||August 29, 2017||October 2, 2017||December 6, 2017||August 29, 2017||October 2, 2017|
|Complete Season Four||August 12, 2018||August 12, 2018|
Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on DVD in the US at all retailers on October 14, 2014. DVD bonus features include character shorts, a 3D model kit of the Ghost ship, and a preview of season 1.
The Complete Season One of Star Wars Rebels was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray on September 1, 2015, in America, and in Germany on September 10, 2015. The Season 1 collection contains the expanded version of Spark of Rebellion with the Darth Vader/Grand Inquisitor prologue shown on ABC-TV. The Complete Season Two of Star Wars Rebels was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray on August 30, 2016, in North America. The Complete Season Three of Star Wars Rebels was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 29, 2017. The Complete Season Four is announced to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 15, 2018, in Germany, and July 31, 2018, in the United States.
In the United States, the one-hour special garnered 2.74 million viewers on Disney Channel and 2.40 million viewers on ABC. Worldwide, it delivered a total of 6.5 million viewers. On Disney Channel, the first and second episodes delivered 2.33 million and 1.92 million viewers, respectively. The third and fourth episodes garnered 2.32 million and 1.84 million, respectively. The fifth, sixth, and seventh episodes were watched by 1.43 million, 1.30 million, and 1.60 million viewers, respectively. The eighth and ninth episodes got 1.92 and 1.44 million viewers, respectively.
In Canada, the second episode was watched by 274,500 viewers, making it the most-watched broadcast ever on the network. In the United Kingdom, the film was the highest-rated broadcast that week, with 81,000 viewers.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave an approval rating of 100% for all four seasons, based on 9 reviews for season 1, 5 reviews for season 2, 6 reviews for season 3, and 6 reviews for season 4, with an average rating of 8.17/10 for season 1, 7.5/10 for season 2, 9.0/10 for season 3, and 9.28/10 for season 4. On Metacritic, the first season has a weighted average score of 78 out of 100 based on 4 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". IGN and Variety in particular had strong praise for the pilot film, Spark of Rebellion, with their only criticism being the appearance of the Wookiees in the film, being cited as not all that impressive compared to the rest of the animation.
|2015 Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Animated Show||Star Wars Rebels||Nominated|
|42nd Annie Awards||Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Nathaniel Villanueva & Douglas Lovelace||Nominated|
|5th Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Animated Series||Star Wars Rebels||Nominated|
|2014 BTVA Awards||Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series – Action/Drama||Steve Blum as Zeb Orrelios||Nominated|
|Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series – Action/Drama||Tiya Sircar as Sabine Wren||Nominated|
|Vanessa Marshall as Hera Syndulla||Nominated|
|Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role – Action/Drama||Jason Isaacs as Inquisitor||Won|
|Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role – Action/Drama||Kath Soucie as Maketh Tua||Nominated|
|Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role – Action/Drama||Frank Oz as Yoda||Nominated|
|James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi||Nominated|
|James Earl Jones as Darth Vader||Won|
|Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series||Star Wars Rebels||Nominated|
|6th Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Animated Series||Star Wars Rebels||Nominated|
|2015 BTVA Awards||Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series – Action/Drama||Vanessa Marshall as Hera Syndulla||Nominated|
|44th Annie Awards||Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Kevin Kiner for Twilight of the Apprentice||Nominated|
|Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn in Hera's Heroes||Nominated|
|Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Joe E. Elwood and Alex McDonnell for Twilight of the Apprentice||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of America Awards 2016||Best Writing in Animation||Steven Melching for "A Princess on Lothal"||Nominated|
|2016 BTVA Awards||Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role||David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus||Nominated|
|Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn||Nominated|
|43rd Saturn Awards||Best Animated Series or Film on Television||Star Wars Rebels||Won|
|69th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Children's Program||Star Wars Rebels||Nominated|
|2017 BTVA Awards||Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series||Star Wars Rebels||Nominated|
|Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role||Stephen Stanton as Obi-Wan Kenobi||Won|
|Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role||Genevieve O'Reilly as Mon Mothma||Nominated|
|44th Saturn Awards||Best Animated Series or Film on Television||Star Wars Rebels||Won|
|70th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Children's Program||Star Wars Rebels||Nominated|
|Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)||Kevin Kiner for "Family Reunion - and Farewell"||Nominated|
|Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation||Matthew Wood, David Acord, Bonnie Wild, Sean Kiner, Ronni Brown, Margie O'Malley for "A World Between Worlds"||Nominated|
Chopper and the Ghost appear in the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Hera's surname is also called on a loudspeaker at the Rebel base on Yavin IV, where Chopper can briefly be seen. In addition, the Ghost takes part in the climactic battle over Scarif during the eponymous squad's attempt to steal the Death Star plans, providing assistance in defending the Rebel fleet under attack by the Imperial Navy, while other Rebels attempt to disable the shield gate over the planet.
In 2017, a new novel, entitled Thrawn, was released. The book marked the entrance of Grand Admiral Thrawn into the current canon. It was written by the character's original creator, Timothy Zahn. The book was released on April 11, 2017.
From April 1, 2015, through March 16, 2016, Marvel Comics published a 12-issue comic series, titled Kanan, and set during the events of the first season. Written by former executive producer of the series Greg Weisman and illustrated by Pepe Larraz, Jacopo Camagni and Andrea Broccardo, the story is centered on Kanan having flashbacks to his days as a Padawan in the Jedi Temple and the Clone Wars. The other members of the Ghost crew also appear.
In the summer of 2017, Marvel announced that a comic book miniseries adaptation of Zahn's Thrawn novel is being planned, scheduled to be released in early 2018. The first issue was released on February 14, 2018, with new issues being released over the following five months.
A few days after the series finale was aired, IDW Publishing released the seventh issue of the long-running Star Wars Adventures multi-era comic book series, which contained the first of a two-part comic arc, set between the second and third season, in which the Spectres embark on a mission to save a rare endangered bird from Imperial custody. The second part appeared in the next issue, which was released on March 28, 2018.
A side-scrolling run-and-gun game based on the show's first season, titled Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions, was released by Disney Mobile on iOS, Android, and Windows Store in early 2015, before being discontinued on July 28, 2016, due to the limitations of the support team. Ezra Bridger is the only playable character, with other characters available via in-app purchases, which also grant early access to most of the game's levels in the mobile versions and are required to play the full campaign in the Windows Store version.
Additionally, several of the characters from the series are playable in other games such as Disney Infinity 3.0, Angry Birds Star Wars II, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (as downloadable content only), Star Wars: Galactic Defense, Star Wars: Force Arena and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.
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