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Before 'star Wars' Film Reboot, A New Animated 'rebels' - Yahoo News

"It's a story that can get very dark but it has to inspire hope -- it must be fun," explains Dave Filoni, the executive producer of the hotly-anticipated series, during a visit to Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco. Killian Plunkett, the show's artistic director, said: "At http://disneyworldtoddlers.wordpress.com the beginning, we only knew there would be five characters living in a spaceship." Those characters -- the "Cowboy Jedi" Kanan, Ezra, pilot Hera, Zeb and Sabine -- will help fans understand the origins of the Rebel Alliance that later will overthrow Darth Vader and the Galactic Empire. "They're archetypes -- they're like a family" -- much like Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo were -- but adapted for 21st century viewers, Filoni notes. View gallery Actor Freddie Prinze Jr., who voiced the character Kanan Jarrus in "Star Wars: Rebels", pi The action in "Rebels" is set between Episodes III and IV of the original saga -- just before the time of Skywalker and Solo. "Luke is very traditional -- he lives with his uncle on the farm. Ezra is an orphan. He survives on his own," Filoni said, comparing one of his new heroes with the leader of the old guard. For Filoni, Ezra is "more like a young Indiana Jones," referring to another indelible George Lucas character. "Some kids nowadays, they might feel a bit more alone -- they spend a lot of time alone at home while their parents are at work," he says.
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