Star Wars Rebels boss on the show's tone, visuals and story

News Louisa Mellor 24 Jan 2014 - 07:01

The forthcoming animated Star Wars series will tell an untold story, according to executive producer Simon Kinberg...

Star Wars Rebels' executive producer Simon Kinberg has been chatting about the forthcoming animated series. In an interview with EW, Kinberg first explained the show's tone:

"For the tone of the show we took our cues from the original movies, which had fun and adventure and swashbuckling with emotion and grounded human characters. We took all our cues from the original films. Obviously there are slight tonal differences between New Hope, Empire and Jedi. But I think the closest intended voice of the show is A New Hope. So there are places where we get into darker backstories, there are places we see how cruel and malevolent the Empire can be, but for the most part it’s a fun and character-driven story."

Here's what he had to say about the visual approach to the new series:

"The intention of what I’ve seen so afar, and we’re pretty far down the line, the intention is for it to feel quite different from Clone Wars. The place we went back to as to a visual template was Ralph McQuarrie, who was one of the original concept artists for the original Star Wars films. His art is softer, a little more figurative, more of a feel of being drawn, less computer generated. The first few movies had a bit of a hand-made quality. We wanted the show to have that. There’s also in the archives where [creator George] Lucas keeps all the original art and props, there’s tons of art that’s McQuarrie’s musing on the Star Wars universe that was never used in the films. There’s places where we’ve quite literally taken world-creation or vehicles or creatures from his original art that was never used in the films and made that part of show."

And in terms of plot, we can expect a real-world style origin story for the rebellion:

"I always loved origin stories and the origin of an entire organization, I don’t think we’ve seen that before, and we’ve approached it in a real-world way. If I told the story of the American Revolution, I wouldn’t want to start with the most famous battle, I’d want to start when it was just four guys in a room, the earliest spark of that seems dramatic and cool."

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That American Revolution idea sounds good! HBO?

This is being marketed as a kids show, which there's nothing wrong with, but I sincerely hope this harks back more to the work of Genndy Tartakovsky than the new Clone Wars series. Samurai Jack and the original Clone Wars were masterpieces.

Good Point.No love for Jack on the DoG?

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