In September 2021, Disney released a completely new take on Star Wars storytelling and called it Star Wars: Visions. The idea was to take a total of seven different Japanese anime studios that would each produce their own bite-sized story set within a galaxy far, far away. It seemed bizarre, and yet, it worked; so much so, that Volume Two is on the way. That's right, Star Wars: Visions Volume Two is officially in the works and aims for a release date of May 4, 2023, exclusively on Disney+.
Which studios are involved in Star Wars: Visions Volume Two?
One aspect that sets Star Wars: Visions apart from any other Star Wars project is the uniqueness in style and approach. Volume Two guarantees the same level of differentiation, as there are now nine different studios from around the globe producing nine different episodes. The studios that are sharing their vision in Volume Two include: Cartoon Saloon (Ireland), Punkrobot (Chile), Studio Mir (South Korea), Aardman (United Kingdom), Triggerfish (South Africa), D'art Shtajio (Japan), Studio La Cachette (France), 88 Pictures (India), and El Guiri Studios (Spain).
Star Wars: Visions Volume Two episode details
Along with studio details, fans are clued in on the titles of each episode and the filmmakers behind them:
The studio taking on this episode is El Guiri Studios, with Emmy Award-winning writer-director, Rodrigo Blaas. Blaas has spent over 20 years in animation and has worked on fan-favorite animated films such as Ice Age, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and La Luna. In 2021, Blaas started El Guiri Studios with his partner, Cecile Hokes.
- “Screecher's Reach”
This episode will be helmed by Cartoon Saloon, with its co-founder Paul Young in the director's chair. Young is an IFTA (Irish Film and Television Award) winner, as well as an Oscar, Emmy, and BAFTA (British Academy Film and Television Award) nominee.
- “In the Stars”
Gabriel Osorio will direct this episode of Visions, the founder of Punkrobot since 2008. Majoring in Fine Arts at Universidad de Chile, Osorio specialized in 3D animation and directed many projects for children's television. In 2016, his film Bear Story was the first Latin American project to win an Oscar.
- “I Am Your Mother”
For the last 8 years, director Magdalena Osinska has worked with Aardman, the studio taking on this next episode. Osinska has worked on stop-motion, CGI, 2D and live-action projects, providing a well-rounded career upon graduating from the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, UK, the Polish Film School in Łódź, and Art College in Warsaw.
- “Journey to the Dark Head”
Studio Mir, alongside director Hyeong Geun Park, brings this next episode to life. When Park became a part of the Korean animation industry in 2017, he quickly rose to stardom due to an impressive set of drawing and animation capabilities. This episode of Visions will actually be the first title that Park executive produces from start to finish.
- “The Spy Dancer”
Studio La Cachette was brought to life in 2014 by co-founders Julien Chheng, Oussama Bouacheria, and Ulysse Malassange. Chheng is now the CEO of the studio, and will direct this episode of Volume Two. He was trained in visual development at Disney, and since then has worked on many animated projects, including the Academy Award-nominated film Ernest and Celestine. Chheng has also received an Emmy Award for his work as an animation executive producer on Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal.
- “The Bandits of Golak”
After a plentiful career as a CG artist in Singapore, taking on projects from TV commercials to series and even music videos, Ishan Shukla, founded his own animation studio, titled 88 Pictures. In 2016, his animated short, Schirkoa, was long listed for the Academy Awards upon winning a plethora of awards and being shown at 120 festivals globally. This episode of Visions will be yet another successful project under his belt.
- “The Pit”
D'Art Shtajio, alongside Lucasfilm studio, brings this episode of Visions from pencil and paper to our screens. Steering the boat are LeAndre Thomas and Justin Ridge, both in-house Lucasfilm team members with tons of experience around the Star Wars franchise.
- “Aau's Song”
The studio finishing out the series is Triggerfish, helmed by writer-directors Nadia Darries and Daniel Clarke. Darries and Clarke have a history of working with one another at Triggerfish Animation Studios, both successful in their work as animators, directors, and project managers.