Star Wars Rebels has yet to launch on Disney XD, but that hasn’t stopped the channel from renewing the animated series for a second season.
The series debuts tonight on Disney XD via a television movie, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, and the channel is feeling confident that the show delivers "artistically and thematically."
“The global expectations for this series could not have been any higher," said Disney Channel’s worldwide president and chief creative officer, Gary Marsh.
"And I am proud to say that the team at Lucasfilm has delivered something that has surpassed even that incredibly high bar – artistically and thematically.”
Star Wars Rebels is set in the era between the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and the series will air in 34 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households.
“We all love making Rebels, so we couldn’t be happier that it’s moving into a second season,” added Lucasfilm VP of creative development, Kiri Hart.
“Our fantastic creative team is dreaming up new stories for the crew of the Ghost that will expand their experience of the galaxy and deepen their heroes’ journeys. The fan response to the show has been amazing, humbling and inspiring. We’re looking forward to the adventure ahead.”