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Star Wars Visions Volume 2 – the animated anthology series returns

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The second series of Star Wars Visions includes a contribution from Bristol’s finest: Aardman. 

Star Wars Visions is one of the more off-beat developments of the expanding Star Wars television franchise.

Debuting in 2021, the first volume brought nine short films from various Japanese animation studios, with some very idiosyncratic takes on the universe.

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Now the series is back for a second volume 2, released on Star Wars Day, May the 4th (naturally). Nine new films are promised, with the series casting a global net.

The animations come from the following 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 collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. (United States).

Star Wars: Visions executive producer James Waugh said:

“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.”

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“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. 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.”

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Although there’s no imagery so far, we do have a rundown of the titles, studios and directors.

‘Sith’ – Studio: El Guiri, Writer-director: Rodrigo Blaas

‘Screecher’s Reach’ – Studio: Cartoon Saloon, Director: Paul Young

‘In the Stars’ – Studio: Punkrobot, Writer-director: Gabriel Osorio

‘I Am Your Mother’ – Studio: Aardman, Director: Magdalena Osinska

‘Journey to the Dark Head’ – Studio: Studio Mir, Director: Hyeong Geun Park

‘The Spy Dancer’ – Studio: Studio La Cachette, Writer-director: Julien Chheng

‘The Bandits of Golak’ – Studio: 88 Pictures, Director: Ishan Shukla

‘The Pit’ – Studios: D’art Shtajio & Lucasfilm Ltd, Writer-director-executive producer: LeAndre Thomas, Co-director: Justin Ridge

‘Aau’s Song’ – Studio: Triggerfish, Writer-directors: Nadia Darries and Daniel Clarke

With that title on the Aardman short, these could be a lot of fun! If you want to know more about the creatives involved, there are bios on the official Star Wars website.

We’ll keep you posted on Star Wars Visions Volume 2. In the meantime, here’s a reminder of Volume 1 which is still available to view on Disney+.