One 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.
In ‘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.
Earlier today, at the media preview event at Nuremberg Toy Fair, the world got its first look at Chopper, Disney Channel and Lucasfilm revealed the first look at a brand new character from their upcoming animated series, ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ a droid named Chopper /aka/ the C1-10P. Disney has graciously provided us with images and behind-the-scenes featurette of Chopper, which you can find embedded below.
Disney Channel has announced that the week of February 3, it will be launching a new short-form series based on its popular ‘Gravity Falls’ cartoon, titled ‘Mabel’s Guide to Life.’ A new episode is set to premiere each night, February 3 – 7, at 7:55 pm ET/PT. The schedule and individual episode synopses follow:
Mabel’s Guide to Dating (Monday, February 3)
Mabel gives her thoughts on dating and puts her dating quiz to the test with three of Gravity Falls’ most eligible bachelors — Grunkle Stan, Dipper and Soos.
Confirming an earlier report made by Stitch Kingdom this past summer, Disney XD today confirmed it has ordered ‘Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero,’ an animated comedy adventure series that follows Penn Zero, a boy from the suburbs who inherits the coolest job ever — part-time hero and leader of a team of good guys who zap to other worlds to save the day. Production is underway for a scheduled fall 2014 premiere. The announcement was made today by Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation.
A website designed to promote the upcoming Disney XD Star Wars series, ‘Star Wars Rebe;s,’ has recently popped up at sienarfleetsystems.com.
Currently consisting only of a single propaganda image, the site seeks to appeal to citizens of the economically troubled planet Lothal to join defense contractor Sienar Fleet Systems. Promoting its primary product, the TIE Fighter, the poster promises that SFS’s objective is to produce ‘the latest in defense against threats to peace’ and to ‘bringing jobs and prosperity to Lothal.’
An epic ode to Star Wars from the creators of Disney’s animated comedy ‘Phineas and Ferb’ is in production — the one hour event episode will premiere next year on Disney Channel and Disney XD. It places the characters of ‘Phineas and Ferb’ in the same space and time as the world of Star Wars, all with the brilliant comedic perspective that has made the global hit ‘Phineas and Ferb’ the #1 animated TV series for Kids 6-11 in primetime and Tweens across total day for the past five years.
Radio Disney will bring the popular “Disney TRYathlon” from the Disney XD television screen to families across the country this summer with a 10-city TRYathlon Road Tour kicking off Saturday, July 20 in New York City. Part of Disney’s “TRYit” campaign designed to inspire kids and families to try a variety of new foods, fun moves and simple ways to be their best, the TRYathlon Road Tour will be held at local family inclusive events throughout the country and feature competitive challenges designed to encourage physical activity and highlight nutritious foods needed to maintain a balanced lifestyle.
‘Penn Zero: Part Time Hero’ is an animated series coming to Disney XD. And that’s pretty much everything we know — almost.
Attention was brought to the series by several recent domain registration of several names for it: PENNZERO.COM, PENNZERO.NET, PENNZEROPARTTIMEHERO.COM and PENNZEROPARTTIMEHERO.NET.
An extensive Google search for information on the series turned up only two mentions, one ironically enough right on Disney Channel’s media web site. The entry for Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess mentions that voice director Sam Reigel worked on ‘Penn Zero: Part Time Hero,’ as well as another pilot, ‘Shred-Force,’ which was created by Matt Maiellaro, co-creator of Cartoon Network’s ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force,’ et al.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today confirmed our earlier report that the ‘Phineas and Ferb’/Marvel crossover special, ‘Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel‘ will be released on DVD on October 1, 2013 and is now available for pre-order. In addition, they have provided us with several stills from the episode, which have been made into a gallery below.
After Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s latest ‘-inator’ scheme accidentally removes the powers of some very well-known Marvel Super Heroes (Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk), the heroes enter the world of Danville and team up with Phineas and Ferb to relocate their powers, defeat the Marvel Super Villains (Red Skull, MODOK, Whiplash and Venom) – who have also shown up to steal Doofenshmirtz’s power-draining technology – and save Danville from ultimate destruction!