Disney unveiled its latest trailer for Star Wars Visions Volume 2 at Star Wars Celebration today. Much like Volume 1, Volume 2 invites global animation studios to push the limits on Star Wars storytelling while incorporating their country’s history and culture into their stories and created original characters that fit into the Star Wars galaxy and cast local talent to bring these characters to life.
The first volume saw the Star Wars galaxy through the lens of anime. Though each of the shorts took place outside of the Skywalker Saga, it expanded upon the mythology by introducing new ideas and using striking visuals in its storytelling. Now, with Vol. 2 bringing in different studios from around the globe, we get to see what Star Wars means to them.
The shorts included in Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 were created by the following 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 collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. (United States).
So as the trailer hints at, we get to see an assortment of animation styles from different countries. Cartoon Saloon and Aardman, the studios that brought us the Wolfwalkers and Wallace and Gromit, respectively, are among the most notable studios to be invited to produce a short. So while each of them look and feel widly different, they still capture the same sense of wonder and yearning for adventure that Luke had when he look beyond that Tattooine horizon when the two suns were setting.
And the newest volume touts a very impressive talent of voices and artists.
Rodrigo Blaas, writer/director of El Guiri’s Sith from Spain, features Úrsula Corberó and Luis Tosar. Paul Young, director of Cartoon’s Saloon’s Screecher’s Reach from Ireland, features Eva Whittaker. Gabriel Osorio, writer/director of Punkrobot’s In the Stars from Chile, features Amparo Noguera, Julia Oviedo, Kate Kickie, and Valentina Muhr. Magdalena Osinska, director of Aardman’s I Am Your Mother from the United Kingdom features Maxine Peake and Charithra Chandran. Hyeong-Geun Park, director of Studio Mir’s Journey to the Dark Head from South Korea, features an English dub voiced by Korean-American actors Ashley Park and Eugene Lee Yang. Julien Chheng, director of Studio La Cachette’s The Spy Dancer from France, features Amparo Noguera and Julia Oviedo. LeAndre Thomas, writer/director/executive producer of The Pit; Arthell Isom, founder of D’ART Shtajio and executive producer of The Pit, features Daveed Diggs Milind Shinde, founder of India’s 88 Pictures and executive producer of The Bandits of Golak, features Suraj Sharma. And, Nadia Darries and Daniel Clarke, co-directors of Triggerfish’s Aau’s Song from South Africa, features Cynthia Erivo.
All Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 shorts stream exclusively on Disney+ beginning May 4, 2023.