The first trailer for a new animated Disney+ series, entitled Star Wars: Visions, has just been released.
Visions is an upcoming anthology series that will see the galaxy far, far away through the lens of bold and visceral Japanese anime. It will comprise of nine short films created by a different animation studio for each chapter, giving every episode its own unique visual style while still adhering to the familiar Star Wars imagery.
The footage shown in the trailer - which is available to view both in its original Japanese and an English language dub - is honestly breathtaking. Comparisons can obviously be made to Genndy Tartakovsky's original Clone Wars animated series, which pulled from anime inspirations to showcase the unrestricted power of Jedi, Sith and galactic warfare.
After the last few years of exhausting and often toxic discourse surrounding Star Wars, Visions may just be the breath of fresh air that the franchise needs.
The English voice cast boasts some notable names that include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bobby Moynihan, Temuera Morrison, Neil Patrick Harris, Alison Brie, Kyle Chandler, Karen Fukuhara, David Harbour and more.
Executive producer James Waugh had this to say about the series: "We really wanted to give these creators a wide creative berth to explore all the imaginative potential of the Star Wars galaxy through the unique lens of anime. We realized we wanted these to be as authentic as possible to the studios and creators who are making them, made through their unique process, in a medium they’re such experts at. So the idea was, this is their vision riffing off all the elements of the Star Wars galaxy that inspired them — hopefully to make a really incredible anthology series, unlike anything we’ve seen before in the Star Wars galaxy."
'Star Wars: Visions' premieres September 22nd exclusively on Disney+.