Heading for the Disney+ stable of "Star Wars" shows for 2023 is a return mission for "Star Wars: Visions," the honored anthology of animated shorts set in our most favorite of science fiction galaxies.
This past week, Disney+ and Lucasfilm announced news that the sophomore season of the animated anthology series is primed to launch on Star Wars Day, May 4, 2023.
Taking up the mantle of what "Star Wars: Visions" Season 1 accomplished with its Japanese-created blend of Emmy Award-nominated "Star Wars"-themed toons in 2021, Volume 2 is set to showcase a treasure of all-original animated shorts delivered from nine diverse studios working around the world.
Each of these snack-sized international gems will be presented in a multitude of engaging styles representing a particular imaginative form emerging from the originating studio's unique culture and director's own interpretation of the vast "Star Wars" universe.
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"The reaction to the first volume of "Star Wars: Visions" blew us away," said James Waugh, "Star Wars: Visions" executive producer and senior vice president, Franchise Content & Strategy, at Lucasfilm. "We were delighted that this project inspired and resonated with so many people.
"We always saw 'Star Wars: Visions' as a framework for celebratory expressions of the franchise from some of the best creators working today. Animation is in a global renaissance, and we're constantly staggered by the amount of creativity pushing the medium forward. With Volume 1, the imaginative minds of Japan's anime industry were on full display."
"Star Wars: Visions" Volume 2 films were conjured up by these talented international animation studios: El Guiri (Spain), Cartoon Saloon (Ireland), Punkrobot (Chile), Aardman (United Kingdom), Studio Mir (South Korea) Studio La Cachette (France), 88 Pictures (India), D'art Shtajio (Japan), and Triggerfish (South Africa). D'Art Shtajio’s short was created in partnership with Lucasfilm Ltd. (United States).
"With Volume 2, we expanded our canvas to take audiences on a global tour of some of the most talented creators from around the world," Waugh continues in the official press release. "We're so proud to be able to reveal the line-up of studios we've assembled. Every short is incredible, full of heart, scope, imagination, and the values that make stories distinctly "Star Wars" — all while opening up bold new ways of seeing what a "Star Wars" story can be."
Per Disney+, here are the nine Volume 2 shorts with their accompanying creators:
Studio: El Guiri
Writer-director: Rodrigo Blaas
Title: "Screecher's Reach"
Studio: Cartoon Saloon
Director: Paul Young
Title: "In the Stars"
Writer-director: Gabriel Osorio
Title: "I Am Your Mother"
Director: Magdalena Osinska
Title: "Journey to the Dark Head"
Studio: Studio Mir
Director: Hyeong Geun Park
Title: "The Spy Dancer"
Studio: Studio La Cachette
Writer-director: Julien Chheng
Title: "The Bandits of Golak"
Studio: 88 Pictures
Director: Ishan Shukla
Title: "The Pit"
Studios: D'art Shtajio and Lucasfilm Ltd.
Writer-director-executive producer: LeAndre Thomas
Co-director: Justin Ridge
Title: "Aau's Song"
Writer-directors: Nadia Darries and Daniel Clarke
"Star Wars: Visions" Volume 2 lands exclusively on Disney+ on May 4, 2023.