Dave Filoni already stated Star Wars Rebels will be heavily influenced by the conceptual artwork by Ralph McQuarrie. What this means for the look of the show became realized at Celebration Europe II, when Filoni gave fans a first look at early designs of the ships and characters in the show.
The time period between Episode III and IV has not been touched – in television or film, that is, we’ll disregard The Force Unleashed franchise for the time being. It’s obvious from these early images, the colors and style of Rebels will truly characterize this era as its own.
During Filoni’s panel, he showcased artwork by McQuarrie in companion with images of Rebels. Whether the landscape of Tatooine, Mos Eisley or Imperial spacecraft – there’s no denying they’ve captured the style of McQuarrie – when comparing this pictures to images of the Ghost – the protagonist’s flagship in the upcoming series.
It’s interesting to note the first major revelation of Rebels is about the Ghost. Could this hint the producers and writers are treating ships as characters, themselves? This is an ongoing tradition in Star Wars – the Millennium Falcon and Slave I has become just as much characters as Han Solo and Boba Fett.
If a strong focus is going to be placed on ships, then it provides a natural opportunity to bring back Boba Fett. One of the major loose ends from The Clone Wars, was how he reclaimed Slave I – an important bridge in the story if this series leads up to the Original Trilogy.
Depending on how much they include bounty hunters into the story, it would be interesting to see how they choose to characterize Slave I and other ships, like Hounds Tooth, for instance, in the story. If the majority of the episodes happen on ships, rather than planets, then we’ll receive more in-depth understanding of Slave I through the show.
If they use personification with the ships on the show – attaching human characteristics to the vehicles – how would you like to see Slave I fleshed out? What type of “personality” should they assign to Slave I?
In the films, they treated Slave I more as an extension of Boba Fett, but if they create a human-like relationship between the two – like we see between the Falcon and Solo – how would you like to see that play out or develop?
When Disney announced the development of “Star Wars Rebels,”they released a short video of Pablo Hidalgo talking with Dave Filoni about the basic concepts behind their approach to this new animated series.
Filoni said they are using concept art by Ralph McQuarrie, an artist famous for assisting the look and feel of the original Star Wars, as a foundation for the new series. Since his concept art is similar, but not exact to what we see in the original trilogy – Filoni is running with the idea those designs could be an early evolutions of armor, ships, etc.
Many of us are familiar with McQuarrie’s early designs for Boba Fett. We’ve seen the white prototype armor, when the character was mused as being a “super trooper.” This made me think whether it would be interesting if Filoni and his team used these early designs for Boba Fett in ‘Rebels.’
We’ve seen a variety of colors and styles worn by Mandalorians in The Clone Wars and comics. Since Boba Fett is separated from his culture during this time period, there’s no telling what his first armor may look like – leaving room to introduce the prototype armor as the bounty’s hunter first reintroduction to Mandalorian tradition.
Due to The Clone Wars being cancelled, we missed out on the story arc of how Boba Fett gets his armor. Assuming they don’t recycle that storyline, perhaps his first armor is commissioned by Boba Fett as a way to pay homage to his father – and this is the prototype version – the young Fett not knowing too much about the meaning of colors and insignia, it’s reasonable the design could be “off,” since it would be from memory.
As he gains experience and knowledge of his culture, maybe even stumbling upon a lost and forgotten armory of his father’s, he finds the armor we eventually see in the Original Trilogy.
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