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Meet Chopper – The Latest Addition to “Star Wars Rebels”

Meet Chopper – The Latest Addition to “Star Wars Rebels”

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Courtesy of Lucasfilm

In “Star Wars,” droids are always eager to help out their human masters, drop whatever it is they’re doing when called upon, and sometimes even sacrifice themselves to save others. Right?

Not quite. Introducing Chopper, a lazy, cranky (if ultimately goodhearted) astromech droid, and the latest character revealed from the highly anticipated “Star Wars Rebels” animated series.

“If Artoo is the family dog,” said Dave Filoni, executive producer of the show, “Chopper is the cat.” Chopper is an essential crew member of the Ghost, tasked with keeping the starship running and operable for its band of heroes. In reality, thanks to his many “unique” upgrades and customizations, no other alien, human, or droid could handle the job.

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The design of Chopper, a.k.a. C1-10P, takes cues from early Ralph McQuarrie concept art for R2-D2, especially the expressive arms that fold out of his head. As “Star Wars Rebels” takes place four years prior to the events of “Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope,” Chopper’s retro look creates an aesthetic continuity with droids of the original trilogy.

“Star Wars Rebels” is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

NEW BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO!

A new video featuring Chopper is now on the official “Star Wars” YouTube channel:

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3 Comments

  1. Melinda
    January 30, 2014 at 14:34 Reply

    I canNOT wait to see Chopper in action! 🙂 I take exception to the crew’s description of this newest droid’s disposition … and DF’s then comparing Chopper to a cat. Who has a cantankerous cat? 😉 Sure, felines are independent creatures. That’s how Chopper and those four-legged creatures can be compared. 😉
    “Rebels” should be a lot of fun to watch — even for us “older” children. 🙂

  2. Meet the Real Life Chopper from Star Wars Rebels! {Video} | Coffee With Kenobi
    July 8, 2014 at 16:49 Reply

    […] Earlier this year we were introduced to Chopper, the somewhat cranky (but guaranteed to be lovable!) droid featured in the upcoming animates series Star Wars Rebels. Now we’ve got a behind-the-scenes look at how Chopper is being brought to life by the droid designers at Lucasfilm. Check out the video below: […]

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Dan Zehr is the Host and Brand Director of the Star Wars podcast Coffee With Kenobi and is the co-author of The Star Wars Book. He is a Feature Blog Contributor for StarWars.com, as well as a writer for IGN, and is a prominent influencer in Star Wars fandom. He is also a prolific high school educator, who teaches Literature and Composition, and has a Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning. His work combining Star Wars and education garnered him a role in the Target Rogue One: A Star Wars Story commercial, as well as feature profiles in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois State University's Statewide Standard, and the Peoria Journal Star. He has also been interviewed in Good Morning, America, the HuffPost, Forbes, and Bloomberg. He resides in Illinois with his wife and three boys.

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