May 22, 2014
This month’s episode of Fangirls Going Rogue focuses on Star
Wars Weekends, which kick off on Friday, May 16th, at Disney’s
Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. Aaron Goins of Star Wars
Bookworms joins Teresa and me to discuss the numerous ways to enjoy
the event, including planning tips on dining, shows, and meeting
In addition, Teresa and I passed along more advice in our post
at the Star Wars Blog:
10 Star Wars Weekends Tips (or Special Modifications).
Hopefully you’ll find our suggestions useful for hitting the
highlights at Hollywood Studios like the celebrity motorcade and
Star Tour while also staying hydrated and un-sunburned in the
For our character discussion this month, we dive into the dark
depths of Darth Maul Here is
the link to the show!
Teresa and I were both at Star Wars Weekends today. You can view
pictures on my Instagram @Fangirlcantina,
including our meet-up with Vanessa Marshall. Thoughts and
observations from the first day:
- The Behind The Force show with Ashley Eckstein and Vanessa
Marshall now has its own stormtrooper intro. Ashley “Ahsoka”
Eckstein comes out in Jedi robes in the opening skit. Vanessa
Marshall joined her onstage and talked about voicing Mary Jane
Watson on Spectacular Spider-Manand Irwin on The Grim
Adventures of Bill & Mandy. The cast introduction video
starts with Freddie Prinze, Jr., and includes the five members of
the sentient hero cast. Dave Filoni’s video gave a walking tour of
the Rebels production office and introduced many of the
key team members. They have a full-size Princess Leia statue in one
hallway! Joel Aron was working on animating clouds, and Athena
Portillo was spotted in her R2-D2 hoodie. Speaking of Artoo, he and
Chopper were smack-talking each other outside Dave Filoni’s office.
Chopper snuck inside and stole a Darth Vader flashdrive, which he
delivered in person to Ashley so we could all see a secret clip
from an episode of Rebels titled “The Machine in the
Ghost.” The animation looks fantastic, and the colors were vibrant
and beautiful. The space battle action sequence was very
reminiscent of A New Hopeand the banter with Hera, Kanan,
and Chopper had the clip and zingers of The Empire Strikes
Back. There’s definitely some chemistry between Kanan and
Hera, but Chopper certainly didn’t seem to mind interrupting their
moment. I loved the visual of Kanan leaning down from the gun
turret to (try to) countermand Hera’s orders to Chopper while
rotating around to fire at TIEs; it’s a shot that looks great in
animation but wouldn’t have been feasible on a practical set in
1976. The fact that Chopper has arms allows him to emote visually
as well as the beeps and boops we’re used to from Artoo. We have
been told there will be a different clip shown each weekend.
- I wouldn’t get your hopes up to see Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca
running around the sets like the old days. He wasn’t very
- Ahmed Best looked very dapper in his suit and hat ensemble, and
had long lines for his autographing.
- The Her Universe store was packed (I had to wait in line to use
the changing room) and the merchandise looks fabulous.
- I saw lots of families bringing their young girls into Star
Tours. It made my fangirl heart swell.
- The Symphony in the Stars fireworks rocked.
Much more about the first weekend next week. Until then, follow
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