Star Wars Rebels

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Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels logo.png
Genre Science fiction
Created by
Based on Star Wars
by George Lucas
Voices of
Composer(s)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 59 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Kiri Hart
  • Athena Yvette Portillo
  • Carrie Beck
Running time Approx. 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original network Disney XD
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release October 3, 2014 (2014-10-03) – present
Chronology
Preceded by Star Wars: The Clone Wars
External links
Official website disneyxd.disney.com/star-wars-rebels
Production
website
www.starwars.com/tv-shows/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 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and five years before Star Wars: Episode IV – 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 Star Wars Rebels is inspired by the original Star Wars trilogy concept art by Ralph McQuarrie.[1]

The series premiered as a one-hour television film, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, on October 3, 2014 on Disney Channel prior to the premiere of the series on October 13 on Disney XD.[2][3] The first season consisted of 16 episodes (released as four shorts, a film, and 13 regular episodes) and the series features new characters along with ones from the original trilogy.[4][5] The second season of 22 episodes premiered on June 20, 2015. The third season of 22 episodes premiered on September 24, 2016, with another one-hour television film, Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow. On March 3, 2017, it was announced that the series has been renewed for a fourth season that is set to premiere in Fall 2017.[6] On April 15, during Star Wars Celebration, it was announced the fourth season would be the final season, which will run for 15 episodes.[7]

Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg and Greg Weisman served as executive producers of season one. Weisman left the show after season one.[8] 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 seasons three and four.[9]

The series has been generally well-received and has often received in excess of one million viewers per episode.

Premise[edit]

Fourteen years after the fall of the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith[10] 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.

Cast and characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Shorts 4 August 11, 2014 (2014-08-11) September 1, 2014 (2014-09-01)
1 15 October 3, 2014 (2014-10-03) March 2, 2015 (2015-03-02)
2 22 June 20, 2015 (2015-06-20) March 30, 2016 (2016-03-30)
3 22 September 24, 2016 (2016-09-24) March 25, 2017 (2017-03-25)

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

The first two episodes, titled Spark of Rebellion, premiered on October 3, 2014 on Disney Channels worldwide and on Family Channel in Canada.[11]

In Australia, the series premiered on October 17 on Disney XD.[12] The Siege of Lothal premiered on June 28, 2015[13] and the second season debuted on October 18.[14]

In Canada, the series premiered on October 19 on the DHX-owned Disney XD.[15] However, due to DHX Media losing the rights to Disney content, the show was later moved to Disney Channel.[16] The second season premiered on November 7 and it was moved to the Corus-owned Disney XD channel on December 1.[17][18]

In the Middle East and Africa, Spark of Rebellion premiered on October 11 and the series debuted on October 18 on Disney XD.[19] Siege of Lothal premiered on October 10, followed the official season premiere on October 17.[20]

In Southeast Asia, Spark of Rebellion premiered on Disney XD on October 4 and the series officially started on November 29.[21][22] Siege of Lothal premiered on October 3 on Disney XD and Disney Channel and the second season was released on October 24.[23][24][25][26]

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the series debuted on October 16 on Disney XD.[27] Siege of Lothal premiered on July 18, 2015[28] followed by the second-season debut on October 17.[29]

Home media[edit]

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[30] Spark of Rebellion included in Complete Season One
Complete Season One[31] September 1, 2015[32] September 14, 2015[33] September 16, 2015[34] September 1, 2015[35] September 14, 2015[36]
Complete Season Two[37] August 30, 2016[38] October 3, 2016[39] November 2, 2016[40] August 30, 2016[41] October 3, 2016[42]

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.[43]

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,[44] 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.

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

In the United States, the one hour special garnered 2.74 million viewers on Disney Channel[45] and 2.40 million viewers on ABC.[46] Worldwide, it delivered a total of 6.5 million viewers.[47] On Disney Channel, the first and second episodes delivered 2.33 million and 1.92 million viewers, respectively.[48] The third and fourth episodes garnered 2.32 million and 1.84 million, respectively.[49] The fifth, sixth, and seventh episodes were watched by 1.43 million, 1.30 million, and 1.60 million viewers, respectively.[50] The eighth and ninth episodes got 1.92 and 1.44 million viewers, respectively.[51]

In Canada, the second episode was watched by 274,500 viewers, making it the most-watched broadcast ever on the network.[52] In the United Kingdom, the film was the highest-rated broadcast that week, with 81,000 viewers.[53]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale viewers
(in millions)
1
Mondays 9pm/8c
13
October 13, 2014 (Columbus day)
1.03[54]
March 2, 2015
0.72[55] 0.68
2
Wednesdays 9:30pm/8:30c (10/14/15-12/09/15) Wednesdays 9pm/8c (1/20/16-3/30/16)
22
October 14, 2015
0.46[56]
March 30, 2016
0.69 0.81

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave a 100% approval rating for seasons one and two based on 7 reviews for season one and 5 reviews for season two, with an average rating of 8.0/10 for season one and 7.5/10 for season two.[57][58] Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the series has received an average score of 78, based on four critics indicating "generally favorable reviews".[59] 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.[60]

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Recipient Result
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 Stephen Melching for "A Princess on Lothal" Nominated

Other media[edit]

Film[edit]

Chopper and the Ghost appear in the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.[61] Hera's name is also called on a loudspeaker at the Rebel base on Yavin 4, 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.[62]

Novels[edit]

On September 2, 2014, Del Rey Books published Star Wars: A New Dawn, a prequel novel telling the story of how Kanan and Hera met.[60][63]

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.[64] The book was released on April 11, 2017.

Comics[edit]

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.[65]

Video games[edit]

So far none of the video games are considered canon within the Star Wars story-line.

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