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Amazing Art for Star Wars Celebration 2017—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Badge Art Goes Rogue at Star Wars Celebration—This April in Orlando!

If you’ve ever been to a Star Wars Celebration, you know that badge art has become its own tradition—each event has had totally unique illustrations, with styles and approaches that vary in the coolest way possible. And next year’s Star Wars Celebration Orlando (blasting off from April 13–16, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center) will be no exception! Artist Paul Shipper has been tasked with providing some totally new, totally awesome photorealistic sketches of characters from current Star Wars stories for this year’s badges.

“The main thing for me was pleasing everybody at Lucasfilm,” Paul told our friends over at in an exclusive interview. “And then in turn, because they would like them, then hopefully the fans will enjoy them as well. It’s a case of trying to do something that would be very different from anything that’s maybe been done before, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars.” While he’s a trained pencil-and-paper illustrator, Paul created all his Star Wars Celebration Orlando images digitally—though he worked hard to make sure they still had a “warm” look. “The main thing is, really, the traditional aesthetic that I want to keep alive,” he explains.

Celebrate the massive 40th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope by checking out Paul’s badge art at Star Wars Celebration Orlando this April! For more info, and to purchase tickets, visit


Save the Date!
Be sure to mark these upcoming Disney events on your calendar:

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
January 14, 2017
The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23
January 19, 2017
D23 Behind-the-Scenes Experience: The Magic of Disney Park Maps
February 19, 2017
D23 Member Night at Freaky Friday at La Jolla Playhouse
July 14-16, 2017
D23 Expo 2017
December 16, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters
February 16, 18 and 22, 2017
Newsies in select movie theaters
March 17, 2017
Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters
April 21, 2017
Born in China opens in theaters
May 5, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in theaters
May 26, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
opens in theaters

June 16, 2017
Cars 3 opens in theaters
November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29; December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World Resort
November 10–January 8, 2017
Holidays at the Disneyland Resort
November 11–January 8, 2017
Holidays at Disney Springs
January 20, 2017
Epcot International Festival of the Arts
January 20, 2017
Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland park
January 20–February 5, 2017
Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure park
August 31-November 13, 2017
Epcot Food & Wine Festival
December 1-25, 2016
Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas
December 25, 2016
The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration, 9–11 a.m. on ABC
January 15, 2017
Mickey and the Roadster Racers Premieres at 9 and 9:25 a.m. ET on Disney Channel and Disney Junior
February 26, 2017
The Oscars® are broadcast on ABC

Disney XD’s New DuckTales Gets Its Voice Cast

Saying we’re excited for Disney XD’s all-new DuckTales might be an understatement… especially now that we’ve seen the epic voice cast list! Based on the Emmy® Award-winning animated series treasured by a generation of fans, DuckTales will feature David Tennant (Doctor Who, Marvel’s Jessica Jones) as Scrooge McDuck; Danny Pudi (Community), Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation), and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) as the voices of mischief-making Huey, Dewey, and Louie, respectively; Beck Bennett (Moynihan’s costar on SNL) as Launchpad McQuack; Toks Olagundoye (Castle) as Mrs. Beakley; and Kate Micucci (Milo Murphy’s Law) as Webby Vanderquack. Other beloved characters slated to appear include Donald Duck, Flintheart Glomgold, Gyro Gearloose, Duckworth, Gizmoduck, Magica DeSpell, Gladstone Gander, and Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys.

Late last week, the cast was revealed in a terrifically adorable video featuring the actors warbling their own rendition of the original DuckTales theme song. (It’s honestly one of our favorite TV theme songs ever.) Take a gander, above—and look for DuckTales’ big debut in summer 2017!

Go Behind the Water with World of Color—Season of Light

If you’ve had the chance to visit Disney California Adventure park (DCA) over the last few weeks, you might have been able to catch a performance of their brand-new nighttime water spectacular, World of Color—Season of Light. It’s insanely dazzling, totally merry, and truly entertaining… and our friends over at the Disney Parks Blog have a nifty “behind-the-scenes” video detailing just what went into making the holiday spectacle possible.

Check out the clip, above—and see World of Color—Season of Light in person through January 8 as part of DCA’s Festival of Holidays!

Oscar® Winner Forest Whitaker to Appear on Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels

There’s a disturbance in the Force, but it’s decidedly amazing one—and it’s coming this January. Oscar®-winning actor Forest Whitaker, who stars as Rebel freedom fighter Saw Gerrera in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will join the cast of Disney XD’s hit animated series Star Wars Rebels—which is set in a time period just prior to the events of Rogue One.

He’ll reprise his role as Gerrera, providing the voice of the character as he makes his debut on Star Wars Rebels: “Ghosts of Geonosis, Parts One and Two,” debuting on Saturday, January 7, at 8:30 p.m. EST on Disney XD.

Get a sneak peek of Gerrera in animated form via an all-new featurette, above.

Hunger games

Freeform Kicks Off 2017 with “Boss Girls” Two-Day Programming Event

It’s almost 2017 (seriously, where does the time go?)—and as we enter the new year, there is much to look forward to. A prime example: Freeform’s “Boss Girls” programming event, hitting the airwaves Saturday, January 14, and Sunday, January 15.

This big movie marathon features all kinds of fierce females channeling their inner warriors—including Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in The Hunger Games, Kat (Julia Stiles) in 10 Things I Hate About You, and Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) in The Blind Side. So pop up some corn, gather all your BFFs, and settle in for a weekend of girl power!