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Rebels is greater than ‘a cartoon’


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This week we’re celebrating the lead-up to #RebelsRemembered Day with tales of what Star Wars: Rebels means to us. In doing that, let’s contact on one thing extraordinarily essential: This present will not be “for teenagers.” It’s not “only a cartoon.” It’s a lot greater than that.

The most important stigma surrounding animation, each within the Star Wars fandom and outdoors of it, lies principally in who’s watching it. For some motive, adults are “too previous” for cartoons. Particularly people who air on platforms like Disney+, which are usually geared much more towards a youthful viewers.

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However animation is at its core a unique type of storytelling. It combines pictures with voiceover work to share tales in a unique medium than live-action reveals that contain cameras and completely different types of appearing. Many “cartoons” are made for teenagers. That completely shouldn’t diminish their worth, particularly while you take a look at the tales they’re telling and the messages they’re sending.


STAR WARS REBELS – “Imperial Supercommandos” – Having misplaced contact with the Protectors of Harmony Daybreak, Sabine, Ezra and Fenn Rau examine however discover the bottom has been taken over by Imperial Mandalorians. This episode of “Star Wars Rebels” airs Saturday, November 05 (8:30 – 9:00 P.M. EDT) on Disney XD. (Lucasfilm)

Star Wars: Rebels is the proper instance of this. On the floor, it’s a 23-minute episodic Star Wars journey that follows a bunch of rebels attempting to outsmart the Empire. Nevertheless it’s a lot greater than that. It digs a lot deeper into themes of discovered household, of the continuing and fairly relatable wrestle to outline who we’re … and the way our identities change with time. Abandoning what you liked with the intention to save what issues extra. Studying to let go so you’ll be able to turn out to be all the pieces you’re meant to be.

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These are story parts we see in all places. Simply because they occur in an animated medium doesn’t imply they’re any much less highly effective or worthwhile. Star Wars could have began with live-action movies, nevertheless it expanded its storytelling strategies. And it continues paying off. Moreover, you additionally get to see the present’s animation and elegance turn out to be extra refined because the collection progresses. Its story mixed with its artwork is unforgettable in the perfect methods attainable.

Don’t decide Rebels by its medium. It continues to be probably the most life-changing tales ever advised on this franchise, beloved by many. Remembered by all.

Use the #RebelsRemembered hashtag on March 5 to share your love of Star Wars: Rebels with the fandom!

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