Disney has released a trailer for the upcoming collection of shorts created by seven Japanese anime studios, that bring their unique talent and perspective to Disney+.
The anime studios are Kamikaze Douga, Geno Studio (Twin Engine), Studio Colorido (Twin Engine), TRIGGER, Kinema Citrus, Science Saru, and Production I.G. Each studio will use their signature animation and storytelling styles to realize their own visions of the galaxy far, far away.
As a first formal venture into anime, each “Star Wars: Visions” short bears a unique Japanese sensibility, which in many ways aligns with the tone and spirit of Star Wars storytelling. From the beginning, stories told in the Star Wars galaxy have counted Japanese mythology and the films of Akira Kurosawa among their many influences, and these new visions will further explore that cultural heritage through the unique animation style and perspective of each anime studio.
“Lucasfilm is partnering with seven of the most talented anime studios in Japan to bring their signature style and unique vision of theStar Warsgalaxy to this inspired new series,” says James Waugh, executive producer and Lucasfilm Vice President, Franchise Content & Strategy. “Their stories showcase the full spectrum of bold storytelling found across Japanese animation; each told with a freshness and voice that expands our understanding of what aStar Warsstory can be, and celebrates a galaxy that has been such an inspiration to so many visionary storytellers.
Check out the trailer below:
The studios creating the nine shorts includeKamikaze Douga– “The Duel”;Geno Studio(Twin Engine) – “Lop and Ochō”;Studio Colorido(Twin Engine) – “Tatooine Rhapsody”;TRIGGER– “The Twins” and “The Elder”;Kinema Citrus– “The Village Bride”;Science Saru– “Akakiri” and “T0-B1”; andProduction I.G.– “The Ninth Jedi.”
The shorts include:
Disney has also released details of the voice talents returning Star Wars actors and talent new to the Star Wars galaxy, including Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett:
The Duel: Brian Tee (Ronin), Lucy Liu (Bandit Leader), Jaden Waldman (Village Chief)
Tatooine Rhapsody: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Jay), Bobby Moynihan (Geezer), Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett), Shelby Young (K-344), Marc Thompson (Lan)
The Twins: Neil Patrick Harris (Karre), Alison Brie (Am), Jonathan Lipow (B-20N)
The Village Bride: Karen Fukuhara (F), Nichole Sakura (Haru), Christopher Sean (Asu), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Valco), Andrew Kishino (Izuma), Stephanie Sheh (Saku)
The Ninth Jedi: Kimiko Glenn (Kara), Andrew Kishino (Juro), Simu Liu (Zhima), Masi Oka (Ethan), Greg Chun (Roden), Neil Kaplan (Narrator), Michael Sinterniklaas (Hen Jin)
The Elder: David Harbour (Tajin), Jordan Fisher (Dan), James Hong (The Elder)
Lop & Ocho: Anna Cathcart (Lop), Hiromi Dames (Ocho), Paul Nakauchi(Yasaburo), Kyle McCarley (Imperial Officer)
Akakiri: Henry Golding (Tsubaki), Jamie Chung (Misa), George Takei (Senshuu), Keone Young (Kamahachi), Lorraine Toussaint (Masago)
Here are some images from this upcoming Short collection:
All of the “Star Wars: Visions” shorts will be coming to Disney+ on Wednesday 22nd September.
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