The Walt Disney Company has announced that a Star Wars Rebels movie and a series of shorts will be airing this summer on The Disney Channel, paving the way for the premiere of the series this fall on Disney XD. According to The Walt Disney Company's Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Financial Report and Shareholder Letter (found here):

"...the rich universe of Star Wars has tremendous creative potential for the entire company. While the world eagerly awaits Episode VII to open in theaters, we're introducing Star Wars Rebels to television audiences this summer with a movie and a series of shorts on Disney Channel, followed by a continuing series on Disney XD."

Regarding their long-term plans for Star Wars, Disney also said that what they hope is their success in creating high quality original Star Wars content "will be an integral part of our long-term strategy to leverage the franchise across a variety of our businesses, from theme parks to consumer products." It sounds like Star Wars has a bright future ahead as we get closer to Rebels and Episode VII.

Are you excited? I know I am—Rebels looks fantastic! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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