Concept Art For Star Wars: Rebels Is An Homage To Ralph McQuarrie
Thanks in no small part to the cancellation of the bar-raising Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Disney's new animated project, Star Wars: Rebels, has come under a lot of scrutiny since it was announced last year. However, while many fans are bemoaning the animation style and the new character line-up, most will admit, albeit grudgingly, that a return to the original trilogy setting is at least a little exciting.
The Star Wars: Rebels team were at WonderCon this past weekend and they brought with them some exclusive footage and a bunch of beautiful concept art pieces. The clip, which you can watch up top, showcases Hera battling against a group of Tie-Fighters whilst simultaneously giving instructions to the ship's resident droid, Chopper. The overly cheesy dialogue will have most older fans wincing, but you can't deny that the animation is beautiful.
Executive Producer David Filoni revealed that much of Rebels' aesthetic is owed to the original concepts of Ralph McQuarrie, a man who was instrumental in creating the visually rich universe of George Lucas's original Star Wars trilogy. Indeed, the concept art that was showcased this weekend appears to be incredibly sympathetic to McQuarrie's original vision. Everything from the Star Destroyers to the interior scenes on planetary surfaces holds that same muted sense of wonder that McQuarrie elicited so masterfully.
So despite all the negativity that surrounds Star Wars: Rebels, you can bet your house that when the first episode airs later this year, there's going to be a heck of a lot of buzz around it. After all, this is the closest we will have been to the original trilogy in years, and that has to hold a lot of weight for a lot of fans.
For a full gallery of Star Wars: Rebels concept art, visit the official Star Wars blog.