Saturday, July 27, 2013 marked Day 2 of Celebration Europe II, a convention held in Essen, Germany to celebrate Star Wars fandom. Members of Wikia's German staff are there covering the event, both for Wikia and for Fanpedia. ElBosso was on hand to write a report on everything he saw, as well as to take numerous photos. All of the photos and reports on this page are written by ElBosso. News blogs are written by Star Wars Fanpedia staff, and videos are from Lucasfilm.
Events We CoveredEdit
First Look: Star Wars RebelsEdit
When I arrived at Celebration on Saturday, there was a lot going on, and it was incredibly warm outside. Despite the heat, a large crowd was gathered in front of the Celebration Stage to greet Dave Filoni, who gave a first look on his new animated television series, Star Wars Rebels. Together with presenter Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, some of the first ideas of the animation team were explained and presented.
Special mention was given to all the new possibilities available to the team. Not only can they look back on the experiences many of them gained on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but also on the enormous wealth of experiences and resources that are now available to them as a result of the Disney buyout. After all, Disney is legendary for its animation, so it's not just a small Lucasfilm animation studio anymore. Filoni stressed that Star Wars as a whole is in good hands at Disney, even though he knows some fans will be critical of the new partnership.
Two other producers on the show, Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Young Justice, Ultimate Spider-Man) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Star Wars spinoff films), were not at the show but sent a pre-recorded video message. Both were absolutely ecstatic about their tasks and keenly aware of the responsibilities that working on Star Wars brings with it. Kinberg said that his sons are huge Star Wars fans and he could not afford to disappoint them.
Filoni talked about the time period that Rebels is set in, namely between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope as the Rebel Alliance is formed to fight the Galactic Empire. This is a time period the entire creative team decided on pretty quickly. It's especially important to Filoni that they offer Star Wars fans a new experience while still giving them a familiar feeling, which is ensured by their approach to basing this show on the original trilogy.
Graphically, a new direction was chosen for Rebels. Rather than continuing the style of The Clone Wars, the team is basing their show's look off the concept art created by Ralph McQuarrie for A New Hope. Though not all of McQuarrie's ideas made it into the final film as he designed them, the designs that were eventually used are pretty close—so the team has decided that the original designs will be the pre-A New Hope look and go with those. The designers have developed a special digital brush modeled on the technology McQuarrie used. Here is some of the McQuarrie art that was shown during the presentation:
There was no completed footage to show yet, but there was a glimpse of the new ship, Ghost, which is based on the Millennium Falcon in that it's meant to be a home for the characters. Here is an image of Ghost, as well as other images revealed to the audience:
At the end of the panel, Davis asked Floni some fan questions that were sent via Twitter, using the hashtag #AskFiloni. Filoni wasn't going to share much, and was coy about most of his answers, but he hinted that characters from The Clone Wars might make an appearance in Rebels. Another character someone asked about was Porkins, the large X-wing pilot from A New Hope. Filoni admitted that the idea of telling the story of a younger and thinner Porkins was actually mentioned in a brainstorming session, which he used to show that the fans and the creative team are not that far apart in their thinking.
Another question posed was whether Rebels, like The Clone Wars, would have episodes shown out of order. Filoni explained that the reason there were out of order Clone Wars episodes was because of the way George Lucas approached some story ideas. After a group of episodes would be finished, Lucas would sometimes want to see what happened before that, necessitating showing episodes out of their chronological order. Filoni joked that telling stories out of order was par for the course for the man who made Episodes IV-VI before I-III. This time, though, the team wants to tell the story in chronological order.
With that, the panel was a wrap. Attendees were encouraged to check out the Celebration Store, where they could buy Star Wars Rebels t-shirts. After today, I for one can't wait to find out more about Rebels!
Straight Talk From a Princess: Carrie FisherEdit
Wow, finally Princess Leia seen live. After the hour-long wait in line was over (I finally got a good spot in line), in which even a hardened Darth Vader next to me nearly collapsed from the heat, we were able to enter the Carrie Fisher panel. Moderator Warwick Davis said that Twitter questions would be asked at the end and that if people had Star Wars Episode VII questions, they should refrain from the outset since they wouldn't be answered... unfortunately. Instead, they'd be talking about their past Star Wars experiences.
Carrie entered and was greeted with rapturous applause from the fans—as did her dog Gary, who almost immediately found a plush Ewok toy on the sofa and began to eat it. With thirty years of conventions behind her, Carrie is well-accustomed to massive applause from fans, but Warwick stepped in and got everyone to settle down. Warwick said it was time to talk about Star Wars, to which Carrie jokingly shouted "No!" She said she wanted to talk about Star Trek, answered immediately by laughter and even some boos from the audience.
The two went on to talk about one story after another, once Gary was led from the stage after eating a second Ewok. They talked about the scene in Jabba's palace and how much she was looking forward to being able to kill the Hutt, especially after being licked by its tongue. Little did we know that Jabba's palace also smelled of beer and chips. They went on to talk about Carrie's favorite scene of the trilogy, which was the Death Star trash compactor when she shouted "Put that thing away! You're going to get us all killed." She talked about her weirdest encounter with a fan, where a fan told her that he watched Star Wars every day—four times a day to be exact. She also revealed who was the better kisser between Han and Luke, and the answer was Han—but only because Luke is her brother, and that would be weird. Again.
Carrie and Warwick next talked about how Carrie enjoyed working with Warwick, who was only 11 years old when he played Wicket in Return of the Jedi. Carrie said she took him under her wing a bit; she was already a Star Wars veteran, so she treated him like her Padawan. Carrie always stood ready with drinks or food if Warwick needed it, since it was a grueling shoot—especially for a kid. To the delight of the audience, they went on to reenact their famous first scene from Return of the Jedi, where Leia meets Wicket. Of course, Carrie doesn't remember her lines perfectly. For the line when Wicket is wary of the food Leia offers him, where Leia reassuringly said "That's right, come on" in the film, Carrie snapped "It's something to eat, you idiot!" It was the subtext, she said, and the audience loved it.
In summary, it was a nice talk. From the beginning I hoped for a bit more, but there wasn't any news to see in this panel. I enjoyed it, though. In true Carrie Fisher style, it was most definitely straight talk from a princess.
General Celebration galleryEdit
News from Day 2Edit
- CONFIRMED: John Williams to Score Episode VII
- Kennedy: Special Effects Mean Nothing Without a Good Story
- First Look at Star Wars Rebels