Disney is expanding its horizons for Star Wars past blockbuster movies and high-budget streaming series. Perhaps their most interesting project at the moment is none other than Star Wars: Visions, a new anthology series where they have tasked a number of high profile anime studios with making shorts set in the Star Wars universe.
Disney Plus has just released a new trailer for the project, coming September 22, and it gives you a taste of what to expect:
Everything I saw here looks pretty incredible, and of course, Star Wars has massive roots in classic samurai films, so it’s great to see it return to that. But not all of these shorts are going to be about Ronin-like Jedi.
Here’s the grand list of all the shorts, which remind me of how Netflix’s Love, Death and Robots sci-fi anthology is set-up:
- Kamikaze Douga – The Duel
- Geno Studio (Twin Engine) – Lop and Ochō
- Studio Colorido (Twin Engine) – Tatooine Rhapsody
- Trigger – The Twins
- Trigger – The Elder
- Kinema Citrus – The Village Bride
- Science Saru – Akakiri
- Science Saru – T0-B1
- Production IG – The Ninth Jedi
At least one of these involves a Mandalorian, as seen from the previews, and I was curious about the story of the master and padawan who meet what appears to be a crazy old Sith with dual red lightsaber daggers.
As for whether any of this is “canon,” I have no idea, but it doesn’t seem like it. Reportedly, Lucasfilm told these animators that they did not have to make these shorts “fit into the timeline,” though I would imagine there were probably some restrictions that they had to invent new characters rather than using existing ones. I didn’t recognize anyone at all from any of these previews, and I would not be surprised if that was the rule. As in, you can tell (almost) any story in the Star Wars universe you want, so long as you’re inventing it from scratch.
I do wonder if this may be some sort of “audition” process for a longer, potentially canon project to come. As in, if one of these shorts really stands out and the story resonates with fans, perhaps Disney greenlights a larger project involving that studio and those new characters. I wouldn’t be surprised to see that happen, or I guess the obvious second choice is just a second season of this later with new shorts.
Regardless, I’m very much looking forward to watching all these this fall.
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