In a brief interview with Deadline, Star Wars: Visions executive producer James Waugh hinted at whats in store for fans in the upcoming second batch of animated shorts, set to launch in Spring. For the anthology’s next installment, Waugh says the producers are looking to expand the stylistic and narrative diversity beyond the eclectic anime offerings of the first run.
“The first anthology is anime because we all loved the style of it, 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,” Waugh explained. “There’s so many interesting voices in all sorts of other mediums that are really focused on animation right now. And we really wanted it to be, in a way, a ‘sub-brand’ that allowed for different creators to come celebrate Star Wars from their own unique cultural perspective.”
The exec producer says their team has set out to create a “global tour” of the world’s most interesting animation studios for Volume 2.
“We have studios from South 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. Spring next year is currently where we’re targeting and I think it’s an absolutely beautiful anthology.”
Star Wars: Visions streams on Disney+. The Vol. 1 episode The Duel (produced by Japan’s Kamikaze Douga studio) is nominated for the Outstanding Short Form Animated Program award at this year’s Emmys.
Details on participating studios f0r V0l. 2 will be announced in due time.