‘Star Wars Rebels’ Character Reveal: Hera

'Star Wars Rebels' Hera © LucasfilmDisney XD and Lucasfilm today introduced a new character from the ‘Star Wars Rebels’ series, Hera, the heart of the Ghost crew from Star Wars Rebels. The Twi’lek, voiced by Vanessa Marshall, is an ace pilot, able fighter and is revealed to fans in the behind-the-scenes video featuring creator interviews, character sketches, and animation previews, embedded below.

Hera is an especially gifted pilot. ‘I think she really makes flying the Ghost look easy,’ says Joel Aron, CG supervisor. And while she’s strong-willed, Hera also keeps the group together and can be warm and nurturing. ‘She knows how to talk to them to get the best out of themselves and to be part of that team,’ Aron says. ‘That to me is the commander of a ship.’

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TOY FAIR: ‘Star Wars Spyware’ Line by Jazwares Expands to ‘Star Wars Rebels’

Star Wars Spyware by JazwaresAt the 111th Annual International Toy Fair in New York, Jazwares offered up a sneak peek at its expanded ‘Star Wars Spyware’ line featuring products inspired by the upcoming Disney XD series, ‘Star Wars Rebels.’

Among the items featured included a motion activated micro-listener device, a voice changer (droid or alien), decoder pen and spy light. Also being introduced was the innovative ‘Ezra’s Dart Listening Device Launcher’ which allows Rebels to launch a small dart-like projectile onto a flat surface and eavesdrop on Imperial conversations from a distance. Ezra will also have a multi-device spy tool added to his arsenal through the line.

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Character Reveal: Sabine, A Rebel’s Rebel

'Star Wars Rebels' Sabine © LucasfilmDisney XD and Lucasfilm today introduced a new character from the ‘Star Wars Rebels’ series, Sabine. Sabine is a key member of the Ghost crew in Star Wars Rebels. As seen in the introduction video embedded below, featuring early design concepts, animation tests, and final art, Sabine is unlike any Star Wars character — especially in her love for blowing things up and tagging her work with graffiti.

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Character Reveal: Zeb, The Muscle

Zeb from Star Wars Rebels © LucasfilmDisney XD and Lucasfilm today introduced a new character from the ‘Star Wars Rebels’ series. Zeb is a well-trained honor guard and is highly educated, according to executive producer Dave Filoni, which juxtaposes his brutish, alien appearance. He’s voiced by Steve Blum, who says, ‘He’s got a bit of a chip on his shoulder, hates Chopper and is starting to build a relationship with Ezra, begrudgingly.’

Zeb from Star Wars Rebels © LucasfilmZeb’s favorite pastime: beating up Stormtroopers, or bucket heads, as he’s heard calling them. He’s an agile fighter, using his hands, feet, and acrobatics. But there is more to Zeb than pounding Imperials. ‘It’s just going to be exciting to develop him and his bizarre new species,’ says Filoni, ‘and to explain to the audience where he came from.’

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TOY FAIR: ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Calendar Names New Characters in Art

'Star Wars Rebels' CalendarOne of the hotter properties at the 111th Annual International Toy Fair in New York is Disney XD’s and Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars series, ‘Star Wars Rebels.’ Although Lucasfilm has slowly been offering up character reveals and tidbits surrounding the new show, details have been slowly leaking through upcoming products including this 16-month 2015 calendar from Trends International.

'Star Wars Rebels' CalendarThe back of the calendar reveals the art for each of the months which either depicts characters engaging in battle, group shots or individual poses which also names them. In chronological order, the reveals/non-reveals are: Ezra, Hera, Chopper, Kanan, Sabine (depicted wearing a helmet as well as not), Inquisitor and Zeb.

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Character Reveal: Ezra, New Teasers Debut February 17

Ezra in 'Star Wars Rebes' © LucasfilmIn ‘Star Wars Rebels, fans will see the rise of the Rebellion through Ezra: a 14-year-old con artist who learns to fight for a greater good. The seemingly-reluctant hero was revealed earlier in a video filled with character concept art, early animation, and creator interviews, which you will find embedded below.

Growing up on his own in the age of the Empire, Ezra has had to rely on his wit and cunning to get by. As voice actor Taylor Gray explains, ‘He’s very street-smart, he’s a pickpocket, he’s a little thief. But he’s doing it all because he needs to survive.’ Executive producer Dave Filoni adds that Ezra is not a bad kid. Although he may enjoy stealing from the Empire, his behavior has been influenced by the world around him — a world that is under Imperial control.

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‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Final Season Begins March 7, Exclusively on Netflix

Final Season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars to Stream on Netflix starting March 7. (PRNewsFoto/Netflix, Inc., Lucasfilm Ltd.)Netflix has announced an exclusive streaming deal for the sixth and final season of the animated series ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars.’ The final season, dubbed ‘The Lost Missions’ consists of thirteen episodes and will be available starting March 7, 2014 in both the United States and Canada.

In addition to the new episodes, Netflix will also exclusively offer the entire series for streaming in addition to the feature film and several ‘director’s cut’ versions of episodes, previously unaired on television. This deal also represents the first time any Star Wars content has been made available to Netflix members via their streaming service.

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Idina Menzel to Perform ‘Let It Go’ on Oscars Telecast

Tony Award®-winning singer, songwriter and actress Idina Menzel will, for the first time, perform the Oscar®-nominated song ‘Let it Go’ for a global television audience at the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

‘Let it Go,’ written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for Frozen, is nominated for Original Song. The three other nominated songs are ‘Happy’ from Despicable Me 2, ‘Ordinary Love’ from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and ‘The Moon Song’ from Her.

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‘Sofia the First’ New Season Adds A-List of Guest Voices; Snow White to Appear in April

PRINCESS SOFIA, PRINCESS SNOW WHITE &copy DISNEY JUNIOR Season two of Disney Junior’s hit animated series ‘Sofia the First,’  is set to debuts on Friday, March 7 at 9:30 am ET/PT on Disney Channel. For the second season, the series has rounded up some amazing talent to lend their voices to characters appearing throughout the season. Among the guest stars are: Alyson Hannigan (‘How I Met Your Mother’) as a young faun who always felt she wasn’t special enough; Ginnifer Goodwin (‘Once Upon A Time’) as the castle’s kitchen maid who aspires to be an inventor; Melissa Rauch (‘The Big Bang Theory’) as Ruby’s fairy godmother; Anna Camp and John Michael Higgins (both of Pitch Perfect) as a charmingly sinister princess and a tall fire-breathing dragon; Isla Fisher (The Great Gatsby) and Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) as two adventurous young sprites; Nick Offerman (‘Parks and Recreation’) as a well-connected fox who reigns over Enchancia’s woodland creatures; Robert Morse (‘Mad Men’) as an elderly retired sorcerer; Christian Borle (‘Smash’) as an ambitious, young castle steward out to take Baileywick’s job; Oliver Platt (‘The West Wing’) as a sickly old dragon; Tracey Ullman (‘The Tracey Ullman Show’) as a happily wicked witch; and Phylicia Rashad (‘The Cosby Show’) as a cranky ice witch who eventually allows her heart to be melted by the power of music.

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‘Ella the Elephant’ to Debut on Disney Channel, Disney Junior on February 17

'Ella the Elephant'‘Ella the Elephant,’ a new animated preschool series about an adventurous elephant and her magic hat, will make its debut Monday, February 17 on Disney Channel (7:00 am ET/PT) and Disney Junior (1:00 pm ET/PT). Thereafter, the series will air weekdays on Disney Channel and Disney Junior as well as weekends on Disney Junior. The series is produced by DHX Media (‘Caillou,’ ‘Teletubbies,’ ‘Yo Gabba Gabba!’), a leading international producer and distributor of globally recognized children’s entertainment, in association with Canada’s TVO Kids and FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment.

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