I have a confession.
One week before Spark of Rebellion, the movie premiere of Star Wars Rebels, was broadcast on the Disney Channel, I was very nervous about the series living up to the hype.
“How can that be, Aaron?” you ask.
Simple really. Since Star Wars Weekends, we have been flooded with clips, behind the scene videos, art work, interviews and more, all released to get us hyped and looking forward to what was to come from the new animated venture. I have been blessed to meet the majority of the voice talent behind Rebels, I love what Dave Filoni and crew had done with The Clone Wars, and I have watched and read everything released about the show.
So a week before the premiere, I began to wonder if the show was going to live up to the hype. If I had built up Rebels up so much in my mind that I was going to be disappointed. This became quite nerve-racking.
Premiere night came. I sat down on my couch to watch it with my daughter at my side as the movie started. That was several weeks ago and we are, by the time this publishes, 3 episodes into the weekly series.
So did it live up to my expectations……
I have enjoyed every moment we have had so far of Rebels. It has kept me engaged and excited about whats to come next.
Kevin Kiner has done a fabulous job on the soundtrack, incorporating themes from John Williams original soundtracks with a twist of his own. Kiner’s soundtrack helps give Rebels that connection to the original trilogy which then is complimented by the tremendous artistry we see through each scene. The animation itself though does differ from The Clone Wars, is done to perfection. The art lends itself to the storytelling, giving us the fans a look at a little explored era of the Star Wars universe.
The writing has been excellent. The amount of details being included to grow the Saga and keeping everything nice, neat and wrapped up in 30 minutes is outstanding! I thought I knew a lot about each character when it came to the preview clips released and from meeting some of the cast, but wow! The writers are taking it to the next level.
Also, what can be said about the talent among this voice cast assembled by Dave Filoni? They are truly what brings this show to life. Freddie Prinze Jr, Vanessa Marshall, Tiya Sircar, Taylor Gray, Steve Blum, Jason Isaacs, and David Oyelowo are tremendous talents that have breathed life into each of their characters.
Overall I have to say Rebels not only has met my expectations but has exceeded them beyond my wildest imagination! As we go deeper into the first season and beyond, I’m even more excited to see where we go from here.
So if you haven’t taken the opportunity and started watching Rebels, I insist you join the rebellion and start now! It is the will of the Force. Also check out fellow blogger Craig Dickinson’s Rebels Reconnaissance blog where he breaks down each episode as it comes out and listen to Dan and Cory’s Rebel Reactions show which contains interviews and reviews of all things Rebels.
Join the rebellion and may the Force be with you!