The animated Disney+ series Star Wars Visions was the first show of its kind in the franchise when it premiered in 2021.
Star Wars-inspired storytelling told from a non-Western perspective available to such a large audience allowed studios across Japan to showcase both their breathtaking animation expertise and their deep love and understanding of a galaxy far, far away. With a second season on the way, things will be a little different — but in a good way.
Speaking with Deadline, series Executive Producer James Waugh discussed what’s next for the show in the upcoming second installment of episodes.
“The first anthology is anime because we all [at Lucasfilm] loved the style of it,” he said. “But personally my intention for Visions was to always let it be a more broad palette, because there’s so much great animation work going on in the world.”
The second season or “volume” of the anthology series, rather than recruiting studios exclusively from Japan, will incorporate studios from all over the world. And this was intentional — Waugh said he has always wanted to represent Star Wars from a varied global perspective.
“Visions volume two is sort of a global tour of some of the most interesting animation studios on a global level,” he continued. “We have studios from Africa, Chile, England, Ireland, France, India… and the guiding light there was that we wanted their storytelling to be a reflection of what Star Wars meant in their culture, but also a reflection of the myths and stories that could only come out of their cultural context.”
Visions has received multiple award nominations following its first nine episodes, and there’s no doubt it will bring in even more recognition leading up to and following Season 2.
Star Wars Visions: Volume 2 is expected to release on Disney+ in spring 2023.
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