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Filoni: Rebels Puts Politics And The Force In The Background, Draws Visual Influences From Miyazaki

Posted by Eric on March 11, 2014 at 08:27 PM CST

Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni continues to sketch out what his new animated series is going to look like, including how it will differ from The Clone Wars. In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, Filoni explained that by focusing on a small group of characters, Rebels will not deal with lightsabers, the Force, or politics as heavily as its spiritual and chronological predecessor.

"In Rebels, you'll be in scenarios where you hear things have taken place that are furthering the story, but you won't be watching those politics unfold," Filoni told the LA Times. "It's on a more human level."

Referring to the more mystical aspects of the galaxy and the creative team's decision to downplay them, Filoni said, "I think that we all agree what we liked about the Force in the original films was it was a less-is-more scenario." This less grandiose presentation of Force powers is to be expected given that the Jedi have been almost exterminated and anyone using the Force in a major way would draw the attention of the Inquisitors.

Filoni also spoke about Ralph McQuarrie's artistic influence on Rebels, which we've heard him discuss many times before. But this time, Filoni also mentioned a new name: renowned Japanese director, producer, writer, and animator Hayao Miyazaki. "I know that [Lucasfilm president] Kathy [Kennedy] is a very big fan of Miyazaki," Filoni said, "so I told [art director] Kilian Plunkett to look at his designs and what makes them so iconic and memorable. That, combined with McQuarrie's original Star Wars designs, is the look of the new Rebels."

McQuarrie + Miyazaki = Star Wars Rebels? On the visuals, at least, I'm sold.

Check out the LA Times story right here.

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