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Cartoon Saloon and Aardman Lead 'Star Wars Visions: Volume 2'

Star Wars Visions
was one of the most exciting things to come from a galaxy far away in some time. LucasFilm approached some of the most exciting talents in Japan and invited them to produce shorts. It's now been announced that Visions is returning for a second volume. This time, however, they are collaborating with creators from around the world.

Star Wars Visions: Volume 2 will debut on Disney+ on May 4- a.k.a Star Wars Day. The second volume features nine studios from nine different countries, each of whom will bring a unique style and perspective to the Star Wars universe.

The participating studios are Cartoon Saloon (Ireland), El Guiri (Spain), 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 was produced in collaboration with LucasFilm.

It's an impressive list, and includes some of the most respected and beloved names in animation from around the world. Cartoon Saloon and Aardman alone are enough to get us excited. Not every name here is quite as familiar but we're excited to see what they can do.

"The reaction to the first volume of Star Wars: Visions blew us away. We were delighted that this project inspired and resonated with so many people," said James Waugh, Star Wars: Visions executive producer and senior vice president, Franchise Content & Strategy, at Lucasfilm. "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. 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."

LucasFilm has unveiled the title and director for the nine shorts.

  • Title: “Sith” Studio: El Guiri Writer-director: Rodrigo Blaas
  • Title: “Screecher’s Reach” Studio: Cartoon Saloon Director: Paul Young
  • Title: “In the Stars” Studio: Punkrobot Writer-director: Gabriel Osorio
  • Title: “I Am Your Mother” Studio: Aardman 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” Studio: Triggerfish Writer-directors: Nadia Darries and Daniel Clarke