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Lucasfilm unveils new Star Wars animated shorts

Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures (pictured) aims to educate a new generation of kids with anime-styled toons that recreate classic moments from the iconic film franchise.
November 29, 2018

In the lead-up to the December 2019 theatrical premiere of Star Wars: Episode IX, Disney is kicking off a year-long celebration of Star Wars storytelling with tomorrow’s launch of Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures, a new series of anime-informed shorts for kids that recreates classic moments and introduces key characters from the original Star Wars movies.

Produced by Lucasfilm and LA-based Titmouse, the first six episodes will debut simultaneously on a new starwars.com portal and YouTube channel entitled Star Wars Kids on November 30. Additional shorts will launch next month and regularly throughout 2019.

Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures features original dialogue, music from Star Wars composer John Williams and sound effects, as well as new educational add-ons designed to help older fans and parents introduce the children in their lives to the galaxy far, far away. These include mixed-media fun fact shorts and post-credit guides for older fans. The series also marks the first part of a multi-pronged initiative under the Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures banner.

Short form and anime have been key elements of Disney’s latest Star Wars content. Eight shorts based on the new LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars series launched last month prior to the November 17 premiere of the four x half-hour show on Disney XD, DisneyNOW and YouTube. October also saw the debut of anime-inspired series Star Wars Resistance on Disney Channel US, Disney Channel VOD and DisneyNOW. 

Beyond animated and theatrical content, Disney continues to invest in live-action series production for Star Wars, too, having recently ordered a show set before the events of 2016 box-office hit Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The new project will see Diego Luna reprise his role as Rebel spy Cassian Andor. The currently untitled series is expected to begin production next year and will join previously announced series The Mandalorian on Disney’s new SVOD service Disney+.

About The Author
Jeremy is the Features Editor of Kidscreen specializing in the content production, broadcasting and distribution aspects of the global children's entertainment industry. Contact Jeremy at jdickson@brunico.com.

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