That’s what Disney+ and Lucasfilm have announced Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 is scheduled to premiere on May 4, 2023. I really enjoyed the first season of the series which included various anime shorts war of stars universe, but they are not canon. The idea behind the series was simply to let the directors’ imaginations run wild and the results were so cool!
The next volume of shorts will “further push the boundaries of Star Wars storytelling with nine new shorts from nine studios around the world. Featuring the most compelling animation styles from a variety of countries and cultures, Volume Two offers a dynamic new perspective on the storied mythos of Star Wars.”
The new short films included in Volume 2 were created by the following international animation studios: El Guiri (Spain), Cartoon Saloon (Ireland), Punkrobot (Chile), Aardman (UK), Studio Mir (South Korea) Studio La Cachette (France). ), 88 Pictures (India), D’art Shtajio (Japan) and Triggerfish (South Africa). D’Art Shtajio’s short film was made in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. (USA).
James Waugh, Star Wars: Visions The executive producer and senior vice president of franchise content & strategy at Lucasfilm said in a statement:
“We were blown away by the response to the first volume of ‘Star Wars: Visions.’ We were happy that this project inspired and resonated with so many people. Executive Producer of Star Wars: Visions and Senior Vice President Franchise Content & Strategy at Lucasfilm. “We have always viewed Star Wars: Visions as a framework for celebratory expressions of the franchise from some of the finest creators working today. Animation is enjoying a renaissance around the world, and we’re continually blown away by the amount of creativity fueling the medium. Volume 1 showcased the imaginative minds of the Japanese anime industry to their fullest. With Volume 2, we’ve expanded our canvas to take audiences on a global tour of some of the most talented creators from around the world. We’re so proud to reveal the lineup of studios we’ve put together. Each short is incredible, full of heart, scope, imagination and the values that make stories uniquely ‘Star Wars’ – all while opening up bold new ways of seeing what a ‘Star Wars’ story can be. “
Lucasfilm also revealed the titles of the segments in Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 along with each of the filmmakers working on them:
Studio: El Guiri
Writer-Director: Rodrigo Blaas
Rodrigo Blaas is an Emmy Award®-winning director who has worked in animation for more than 20 years. After co-founding Stromboli Animation in 1997, Blaas joined Blue Sky Studios in 2000 and worked on the feature film Ice Age before joining Pixar Animation Studios. There he worked on projects such as Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007) and Wall-E (2008), as well as the Oscar®-nominated short La Luna ( 2011). More recently, Blaas worked with Guillermo del Toro to develop the award-winning series Trollhunters, was creative director for Mikros Animation Paris and founded El Guiri Studios in Madrid in 2021 with partner Cecile Hokes. He also wrote and directed the award-winning 2009 short film Alma.
Title: Screecher’s Reach
Studio: Cartoon Limousine
Director: Paul Young
Paul Young is the co-founder of Cartoon Saloon, an IFTA winner and an Oscar®, Emmy® and BAFTA nominee. He produced the animated films My Father’s Dragon, WolfWalkers, The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, and The Breadwinner. as well as award-winning TV series such as Puffin Rock, Dorg Van Dango and Viking Skool.
Title: in the stars
Studio: Punk Robot
Writer-Director: Gabriel Osorio
Gabriel Osorio studied fine arts at the Universidad de Chile and later specialized in 3D animation. After working in commercials, films and TV series, he founded Punkrobot Studio. Since 2008 he has directed children’s television projects including Flipos, Muelin y Perlita, Soccer Girls and TV spots. In 2016, his short film Bear Story became the first Latin American project to win an Oscar® in the animated short category.
Title: I am your mother
Director: Magdalena Osinska
Magdalena Osinska is an award-winning director who has been with Aardman for eight years. She has directed stop-motion, CGI, 2D and live-action commercials including Wallace & Gromit’s The Great Sofa Caper and Share the Orange. Osinska led the development of the children’s series Joyets and has also directed films such as Spirits of the Piano and Zbigniev’s Cupboard. A graduate of the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, UK, as well as the Polish Film School in Lodz and the Art College in Warsaw, Osinska is currently developing the feature film “Jasia” based on her grandmother’s memories of World War II in Poland.
Title: Journey to the Dark Head
Studio: Studio Mir
Director: Hyeong Geun Park
Rising star Hyeong Geun Park was already making a name for himself when he entered the Korean animation industry in 2017 thanks to his strong sensibilities for drawing and animation. He has directed animation for dozens of theatrical game trailers and has since expanded into animated series, working on projects such as Dota: Dragon’s Blood: Book 3 (2022) and Lookism (2022). Journey to the Dark Head is the first title he has executive produced from start to finish.
Title: The Spy Dancer
Studio: Studio La Cachette
Writer-Director: Julien Chheng
Julien Chheng is CEO of Studio La Cachette, an Emmy Award®-winning French animation studio he founded in 2014 with Gobelins graduates Oussama Bouacheria and Ulysse Malassagne. Trained in visual development at Disney, Chheng has worked as a character animator on the acclaimed 2D animated films The Rabbi’s Cat, Mune and the Oscar-nominated Ernest and Celestine. In 2021, he won an Emmy Award® as Executive Animator Producer on Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal. for which he also acted as animation director. In 2022, Chheng directed the Cesar-nominated feature film Ernest and Celestine: A Trip to Gibberitia with Jean-Christophe Roger.
Title: The bandits of Golak
Studio: 88 images
Director: Ishan Shukla
Ishan Shukla started his career as a CG artist in Singapore. For more than a decade, he directed projects ranging from TV commercials to series to music videos. His 2016 animated short, Schirkoa, was a long charter at the Academy Awards®, having won dozens of awards and starring in 120 international festivals, including SIGGRAPH Asia, where it was named Best in Show. He then set up his own animation studio to work on adult animated feature films, including a feature-length version of Schirkoa, due for a summer 2023 festival release.
Title: The pit
Studios: D’art Shtajio and Lucasfilm Ltd.
Writer-Director-Executive Producer: Le Andre Thomas
LeAndre Thomas is an award-winning Oakland, California-based writer and director whose most recent film won Best Director at the Pasadena International Film Festival. In addition to his independent films, Thomas is part of the Lucasfilm Ltd. franchise studio team, where he has worked for more than 11 years and has worked on current titles such as Light & Magic, The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi, “war of stars: Tales of the Jedi” and many more.
Justin Ridge executive producer of the Emmy®-nominated series “war of stars Resistance.” His credits also include “war of stars Rebels”, “Storks”, “The Cleveland Show”, “war of stars: The Clone Wars” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender”.
Title: Aau song
Writers-directors: Nadia Darries and Daniel Clarke
Nadia Darries is a director, animator and co-founder of Goon Valley Animation with a passion for songwriting. Born in the Cape Flats in South Africa, Darries has been working as an animator, project manager, creative director and director on high-end animated films and motion design since 2015. Her experience includes animating at Triggerfish Animation Studios on the award-winning BBC films Stick Man, Revolting Rhymes and Highway Rat.
Daniel Clarke is a Cape Town-based director and artist working in animation, film and illustration. He began his animation career in 2008 at Triggerfish Animation Studios, where he has worked as a production designer, art director and director on projects including the feature film Khumba, BBC’s Stick Man and The Snail and the Whale. In 2018 he completed the graphic novel Kariba with James Clarke and Daniel Snaddon.
Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 will stream exclusively on Disney+ beginning May 4, 2023.