Despite this, he is frequently essential in saving the rest of the group from dangerous situations."They wanted to do an animated show and I loved [Cartoon Network's] Clone Wars and grew up with a lot of animated shows.
So we just started to talk about where it would fall in the general Star Wars timeline. It could have been a prequel, sequel, a stand-alone universe." which he described in The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: "My rough idea was to deal with a small number of characters [a Jedi Master and Padawan, a smuggler and his girlfriend, and a Gungan "strongman" called Lunker], have them based on a Millennium Falcon-style smuggling ship, and involve them in black market trade, war espionage, and other stories that existed outside the giant galactic conflict going on in the background." Discussion of where Rebels would fall in the Star Wars timeline led to the decision to center the series around the Rebel Alliance.
[...] Everyone on the team is so passionate about Rebels, and of course it helps that we are all huge fans of Star Wars! veteran sculptor Darren Marshall, who worked on Star Wars: The Clone Wars prior to its cancellation, developed sculpts for the core characters of Star Wars Rebels before leaving Lucasfilm in June 2013.
As of January 2014, the scripts for Season One were halfway completed.
Thus, the series was placed between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, during the reign of the Galactic Empire, though not too close to A New Hope that it would feel repetitive.
In contrast to the galaxy-hopping structure of The Clone Wars, it was decided Rebels would depict the Rebellion from one group of characters' point-of-view.
In addition to Filoni, the Rebels production team includes several crew members returning from Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Athena Yvette Portillo as line producer, Kilian Plunkett as art director, Joel Aron as CG effects supervisor, Keith Kellogg as animation supervisor, and Steward Lee as episodic director.
Lee, Filoni's longest-running episodic director from The Clone Wars, is joined in directorial duties by brother Steven G. Other returning crew members from The Clone Wars include Amy Beth Christenson, Andre Kirk, Pat Presley, and Chris Glenn on the concept art team, managed by Liz Cummings, as well as Paul Zinnes on the development team.But there are a select few who are brave enough to stand up against the endless Stormtroopers and TIE fighters of the Empire: the clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost.Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, have thrilling adventures, and become heroes.""We have a character who's our focus character, and then five other characters that make up this group of six rebels.Lucasfilm first announced Star Wars Rebels on May 20, 2013, following the news that the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars would be ending and that a new series would be produced.The series is created by Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Carrie Beck, and stars actors Taylor Gray, Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Tiya Sircar, Steve Blum, David Oyelowo, James Earl Jones, Ashley Eckstein, Dee Bradley Baker, Philip Anthony-Rodriguez, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Jason Isaacs.Prior to the rise of the Empire, he was Padawan to Jedi Master Depa Billaba.