Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023: Star Wars Visions Volume 2
Following the success of Star Wars Visions on Disney+ in the fall of 2021, Lucasfilm decided to continue the animation banner with additional tales. At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023, the Star Wars Visions Volume 2 panel revealed the creators and their studios along with the titles and artistic samples from each of the new animated shorts. Before hearing from each creator in turn, host Amy Ratcliffe began the panel with a conversation with Lucasfilm executive James Waugh, Jacqui Lopez, and Josh Rimes.
Waugh praised the Star Wars Visions shorts as “a celebration of Star Wars from unique cultural perspectives.” Describing Volume 1’s shorts, Waugh elaborated:
During the development of Volume 1, he explained, they realized “what else could we get from around the globe? … We really felt like, let’s see other cultural perspectives. What are different countries’ takes on Star Wars?” Accordingly, Volume 2 presents animated shorts from around the world, including Europe (Spain, Ireland, U.K., and France), South America (Chile), South Asia (India), East Asia (South Korea), and one multi-national team (U.S. and Japan).
Each creator then shared a brief description of their short, including their inspirations inside and outside Star Wars, their artistic style, and the themes they sought to address. Uniformly, the creators also emphasized the high degree of collaboration put into each short, not only with Lucasfilm but also within the development and production teams at each studio. Throughout the conversations, it became obvious how the themes and values of Star Wars resonate and inspire around the world. A few comments are particularly notable from our perspective at FANgirl Blog in evaluating and critiquing Star Wars storytelling.
Magdalena Osinka from Aardman found inspiration in a familiar theme in Star Wars, but shifted its perspective:
The panel ended with a surprise screening of Aardman’s short. Afterward, Tricia tweeted: “We got to see ‘I Am Your Mother’ and it was a love letter to anyone who has asked to see more mothers alive and with agency in Star Wars.”
Gabriel Osorio of PunkRobot was inspired to use the Star Wars galaxy as a mirror to reflect upon a real-world atrocity in his native country:
You can read here about a 2022 Chilean court judgment condemning crimes against humanity in the 1924 the Napalpi Massacre of indigenous communities.
Similarly, Julien Chheng from Studio La Cachette drew connections between elements of Star Wars lore and real world heroism:
The multi-national short has a particularly interesting origin. Writer LeAndre Thomas is a Lucasfilm employee. Joining him onstage was Arthell Isom, co-founder of D’Art Shtajio, an American-owned animation studio based in Tokyo. Thomas described his inspiration to write and develop “The Pit”:
Thomas thanked his co-workers at Lucasfilm for their support in helping his short become a reality. Athena Portillo, who is an executive producer on “The Pit,” helped scout animation studios, which led them to D’Art Shtajio as an ideal partner for the project. Thomas also thanked Dave Filoni, explaining that “He worked very early on with me. … He was a very good mentor to me. I like to think of it as a master and apprentice relationship. It was huge. And when we weren’t talking about production, we were just nerding out and talking about Star Wars and movies.”
Watch the Star Wars Visions Volume 2 Trailer:
You can watch Star Wars Visions Volume 2 panel as part of the Day Four livestream from Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023. The panel begins at 2:15:45 in the YouTube archived video of the livestream.
- Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 Release Date, Studios Revealed (StarWars.com; Feb. 2, 2023)
- SWCE 2023: Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 Trailer, Key Art, and Cast Revealed (StarWars.com; Apr. 10, 2023)
- Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023: The Women of Ahsoka - April 20, 2023
- Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023: Star Wars Visions Volume 2 - April 18, 2023
- Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023: The Bad Batch - April 16, 2023