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First Look at ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Unveiled at Disney France Event

A brand new look at the upcoming animated series, Star Wars Resistance, was unveiled at Rendez-vous des Partenaires 2018, an annual meeting between Disney France and its business partners, where they discussed current and future retail trends.

The presentation featured artwork of Imperial and Resistance characters, some of who are familiar, like Captain Phasma and Poe Dameron, and some who are new to the Star Wars galaxy.

(Photo: Guillaume Malgouyres)
(Photo: Guillaume Malgouyres)

The Resistance character featured at the center is believed to be Kazuda Xiono (also believed to be voiced by Christopher Sean), a young pilot tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. He is surrounded by six other characters, four of which are unknown.

As a reminder the cast list includes Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives), Suzie McGrath (East Enders), Scott Lawrence (Legion), Myrna Velasco (Elena of Avalor) — (bottom row, from left to right) Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Bobby Moynihan (DuckTales), Jim Rash (Community), and Rachel Butera (Tammy’s Tiny Tea Time).

While Moynihan didn’t say much about his character during his appearance on The Star Wars Show, Jim Rash recently revealed in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that his voice will be attached to a creature (possibly the green non-human character in the far back) named Flex. Additionally, Rash mentioned that his character alongside Moynihan’s character (the droid character behind BB-8, maybe?) are “two guys who basically run the equipment.”

Not much else is known about the characters and the voice actors who voice them, but so far, it’s great to see a diverse set of characters on a mission to fight back against the First Order.

As for the First Order side of things, some fans believe the red-looking trooper is a character called Cardinal, who first appeared in the Phasma novel by Delilah S. Dawson.

In an interview with, Dawson said, “Cardinal is our lens into why a good person would dedicate their life to the First Order — and why they’d seek to excise someone like Phasma by any means necessary once they caught a glimpse of who is behind that mask.”

While it would be interesting to see this fan theory come to life, it’s difficult to say whether this is Cardinal or just an ordinary trooper with red armor.

In terms of the look of the show, some have wondered whether Resistance will be 2D animated, but it’s clearer now that it will be 3D animated with cel shading. For those not familiar, cel shading is a technique that makes 3D animation look flat and 2D. The process is used in video games, such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Sea of Thieves, but other examples include The Iron GiantTron: Uprising, Futurama, and the CG vehicles in the Star Wars: Clone Wars micro-series.

TWG contributor Elisa Ardell shared with us the official trailer of Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter, an upcoming Amazon Prime series with cel shading from Studio Ghibli, as an example of what Resistance could look like.

Personally, I don’t mind cel shading as long as it’s done well. Some people, on the other hand, are not fans of the technique at all, believing it’s a cheap imitation. Others believe it should be used mainly for props and vehicles. Opinions vary, and you can be certain that Star Wars fans will definitely have a variety of opinions when it comes to the look of the show.

Star Wars Resistance is currently set to premiere in the fall, and according to Pauline Dauvin (Director of Programs and Acquisitions, Disney France) via Hélène Wetzel (Communication Manager, Disney France), the series will be arriving in October. You can find the full quote at /Film.

What are your thoughts on this first look? Share them in the comments section below.

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5 comments on “First Look at ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Unveiled at Disney France Event

  1. Pingback: ‘Star Wars’ Animation Roundup: July 2018 – TWG – The Wookiee Gunner

  2. Hate to say this, but I m not excited by the proposed artwork. It seems to be a step back to a quicker, cheaper, and less demanding avenue. While I will try to give it a chance, the standard has been set in games, print, and previous series, and what I’ve seen to date is less than inspiring.
    The story being set close to TFA makes sense, since this allows for familiar characters and the development of new ones, supporting and affirming the new trilogy. Unfortunately, this orientation will limit any Jedi presence to cameo and background appearances, because we have the story of Luke Skywalker and his revamped school. We’ve now had two feature films without any Jedi, and frankly, I’m getting a little tired of the Sith circus. No way did I expect, or even wish for Rebels to continue in the new guise, but I’m a little disappointed that we can get all the evil with no balance…again.
    On the other hand, humor was one of the high points in the Han movie, something Star Wars is too often without, and if done well, this could chart new territory for the galaxy far far away.
    I expect we will be treated to more and better information as we get closer to October. This really seems to be a new series, and hopefully one which upholds that which we love most about Star Wars.

    • Johnamarie Macias

      Hey, Mike! Thanks so much for leaving a comment! I know what you mean about the lack of a Jedi presence. Some of my favorite storylines from both TCW and Rebels focused on the Jedi and the Force. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with this new series. Looking forward to that first trailer to really give us an idea of what to expect!

  3. Well this is certainly interesting. I do think the art shift is going to alienate some viewers, but I think it will also attract others who weren’t as interested before. I say this having Star Wars fan friends on both ends of that spectrum. One of them loved Rebels but quickly expressed disdain for Resistance looking “like anime.” The other, I’ve tried to get her into Rebels and Clone Wars for years to no avail, but she finally seemed legitimately interested when I mentioned the new show having a new art style.

    As for me, I feel like creators and artists should not be bound to pleasing the crowd. If they’re bored and want to try something new and different, they definitely should, and not let the audience stop them from flexing their creative muscles. This new animation will take some getting used to, but it wouldn’t stop me from giving Resistance a shot.

    What might just stop me from giving it a shot, though, is the same thing that makes me bristle about the new movies: so very very few aliens. “Solo” did fairly well with its Twi’leks and Rodian, but other than that, the new movies are so human-centric that I can’t help but be bored. Aliens are SO much more visually interesting and make the galaxy so much more colorful and complex. The animated shows have been so satisfying in contrast for so long as the movies get more and more human: Clone Wars had Ahsoka and 90% of the Jedi Order and Senate being aliens, and Rebels had Zeb and Hera as complex alien leads, not to mention the Inquisitors, Thrawn, and Rukh. That’s why I love the prequels so much too. The new movies don’t even look like the same galaxy. So it makes me personally disappointed but not surprised that this show is following in the predominantly-human footsteps of the new movies. :(

    Thanks for the overview about cell shading, Johnamarie. That was all stuff I didn’t know. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts about Resistance as we learn more about it— I trust The Wookiee Gunner’s opinion about Star Wars more than pretty much any other place on the internet. :D

    • Johnamarie Macias

      Hey there, Cora! Thanks so much for responding.

      Also, I agree. The team shouldn’t be bound to pleasing everyone, so they should do what allows them to new areas and create something refreshing and new. It’ll get people talking either way, right? And I’m so glad you pointed out the lack of aliens. The sequel era has done an inadequate job at giving us that variety, in my opinion. There’s so much potential there. I hope the other trilogies we’re getting will make up for it.

      And wow, thank you so much for the kind words! ^_^ Stay awesome, Cora!

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