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Five Fun Facts about Star Wars Rebels

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The time has come. Star Wars is back with an all-new show “Star Wars Rebels” premiering this Friday, October 3rd at 9pm on the Disney Channel. Star Wars fans from around the world have been awaiting this highly anticipated new series, and we have five fun facts about the new show to share with your kids before watching the premiere this Friday.

The show is about a team of rebels who have come together, and go on epic adventures while trying to fight the resistance against the Empire.

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Where does the show take place in the Star Wars timeline?
It is set between the events of Star Wars Episodes III and IV during a dark time when the evil Galactic Empire is trying to take back control of the galaxy. Rebels take place five years before “A New Hope.”

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The start of Star Wars Rebels
Kathleen Kennedy, President of LucasFilm, approached Dave Filoni about making a television series. He was asked to honor the past while opening up a whole new world of magic for Star Wars fans. “I knew I wanted to create a show that was inspired by the beautiful concept paintings of the original movies,” said Filoni.

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A show that is not just for kids
Adults will quickly fall in love with the new series just as much as the kids. People have asked Dave Filoni, Executive Producer, if this show is for kids. “Absolutely. Who do you think Star Wars is for? This was his intention. It’s just that now it’s close to 40 years old. The expectation is that it grows up a little here and there. Lucasfilm is very good at making it a story that older fans and younger fans can both enjoy,” said Filoni.

“There was pressure. The scar on my chin was from playing star wars. You want to make it special. You want to make people remember it.” Freddie Prinze Jr.

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Voice Recoding for the Show
What makes this show so unique compared to most animated shows is that the entire cast records together for every episode. They get their script shortly before getting together in the studio to record, “sometimes the night before,” said Vanessa Marshall. Most animated series, the cast members will come in and record their voices, and sometimes never even see the other cast.

“We have our family energy and it doesn’t matter when we get the script. We bring it to life so naturally and have so much fun that it is almost criminal.” Vanessa Marshall

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All-new characters
Your children are going to be introduced to a whole new group of Star Wars heroes and villains including one of our favorites, Chopper (a Droid). Another one of our favorite new characters is Hera Syndulla, who is voiced by the talented Vanessa Marshall. Hera is going to a great role model for girls and boys to look up to when watching the series.

“It is something that people will enjoy watching together which is what I know George intended star wars to be.” Dave Filoni

Don’t miss watching the one-hour movie premiere on Friday, October 3rd at 9pm followed by the series premiere on Monday, October 13th at 9pm on the Disney Channel. Star Wars Rebels is a show that families will enjoy watching together for years to come.

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