Disney+ and Lucasfilm collaborated with 7 Japanese anime studios to create the anthology.
Disney+ has released a special look trailer of their upcoming anime anthology based on the Star Wars universe. The anthology consists of nine short films created by multiple anime studios from Japan. The official announcement was made by Disney owned Lucasfilm at the Anime Expo Lite on Sunday. The announcement also included a three minute sneak peek into the different short films.
Watch the Star Wars: Visions Special Look trailer here:
The nine short films will include stories such as a fallen Jedi, a princess, a Star Wars rock opera, Japanese Iconography, a droid who wants to be a Jedi and more. The makers of the film say in the special look trailer that they ‘loved the idea of seeing Star Wars in anime form.’
Here are the details about the 9 short films from the anthology along with the name of the studios:
The Duel (Kamikaze Douga)
The Duel is a Samurai-esque Jedi and Sith story told mostly in black and white. There is also an astro-mech droid who wears a straw hat. The core theme of this short film is basically that of any Star Wars story. Executive producer of Star Wars: Visions, James Waugh, said in a statement that director Takanobu Mizunu wanted the movie to be a love letter to Star Wars,
The Village Bride (Kinema Citrus)
The Village Bride follows the story of a fallen Jedi, but narrated in an unconventional way. The story is told through the perspective of the bride on her wedding day.
Lop and Ochō (Geno Studio)
Lop and Ochō is led by space bunny-person Lop, who is described as cute yet expressive and has an unwavering devotion to good, family and loyalty. Executive producer Jacqui Lopez describes Lop and Ochō to feature design style centred on the contrast between natural beauty and encroaching industrialisation.
The Ninth Jedi (Production IG)
Production IG, the company behind Ghost in the Shell and anime scene from Kill Bill, will be producing a fusion of two previously imagined shorts. One narrates the story of the daughter of a lightsaber smith seeking out a Jedi and another telling the story of eigh warriors discovering that they are Force Sensitive.
Akakiri (Science Saru)
Akakiri is described to be the beautiful yet painful story of a princess. Sound designer Matsuo Ohno, who worked on Astro Boy, will be in the team for Akakiri.
T0-B1 (Science Saru)
Another short by Science Saru, T0B1 is a droid who wishes to be a Jedi. The short film is described to be a heartwarming story.
Tatooine Rhapsody (Studio Colorido)
Made in Chibi art style, Tatooine Rhapsody tells the story of a music band’s journey. The story features Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt. It can be simply described as a Star Wars rock opera.
The Twins (Trigger)
Revisiting the story of Luke and Leia, the twins reimagine them as a twin brother and sister who join the dark side. The story will answer- how far will the brother go to save his sister?
The Elder (Trigger)
The next short film by Trigger, The Elder pays homage to the classic master and Padawan relationship from Star Wars. The producers said in the statement that the meaning might also have a dual meaning, which the viewer will understand after watching it.
Star Wars: Visions premieres on September 22 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar.