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Disney+ announces release date, animation studios and more for ‘Star Wars: Visions’ Volume 2

Disney+ announces release date, animation studios and more for ‘Star Wars: Visions’ Volume 2

Today, Disney+ and Lucasfilm announced the second volume of the animated anthology series Star Wars: Visions premieres exclusively on Disney+ on May 4, 2023. Following the Emmy Award®-nominated success of Star Wars: Visionswill the newest volume continue to push the boundaries of Star Wars storytelling, with nine new shorts from 9 studios from around the world. The second volume uses the most captivating animation styles from a variety of countries and cultures, offering a dynamic new perspective on the myth of history. Star Wars.

The shorts included in Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 was created by the following international animation studios: El Guiri (Spain), Cartoon Saloon (Ireland), Punkrobot (Chile), Aardman (UK), Studio Mir (South Korea) Studio La Cachette (France), 88 images ( India) , D’art Shtajio (Japan) and Triggerfish (South Africa). D’Art Shtajio’s short film was made in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. (United States).

Details on each card and movie creator follow:

Title: Sith

Studio apartment: El Guiri

Writer-Director: Rodrigo Blaas

Rodrigo Blaas is an Emmy Award®-winning director who has spent more than 20 years in animation. After co-founding Stromboli Animation in 1997, Blaas joined Blue Sky Studios in 2000, working on the feature film Ice age, before heading over to Pixar Animation Studios. There he worked on such projects as Mission Nemo (2003), The incredible (2004), Ratatouille (2007), and Wall-E (2008) and on the Oscar®-nominated short film La Luna (2011). Recently, Blaas teamed up with Guillermo del Toro to develop the award-winning series Troll hunters, served as creative director of Mikros Animation Paris, and in 2021 created El Guiri Studios in Madrid with his partner, Cecile Hokes. He also wrote and directed 2009’s award-winning short film Alma.

Title: Screecher’s Reach

Studio apartment: Comic book lounge

Director: Paul Young

Paul Young is the co-founder of Cartoon Saloon, an IFTA winner and Oscar®, Emmy® and BAFTA nominee. He produced the animated features My Father’s Dragon, WolfWalkers, The Secret of Kells, Song of the Seaand The breadwinner as well as award-winning TV series incl Puffin Rock, Dorg Van Dangoand Viking School.

Title: In the stars

Studio apartment: Punk robot

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Writer-Director: Gabriel Osorio

Gabriel Osorio majored in art at the Universidad de Chile, and later specialized in 3D animation. After working in commercials, movies and TV shows, he founded Punkrobot Studio. Since 2008 he has directed projects for children’s TV including Flipos, Muelin y Perlita, Soccer Girls and TV spots. In 2016, his short film Bear Story became the first Latin American project to win an Oscar® in the animated short category.

Title: I am your mother

Studio apartment: Aardman

Director: Magdalena Osinska

Magdalena Osinska is an award-winning director who has been with Aardman for eight years. She has directed stop-motion, CGI, 2D and live-action commercials including Wallace & Gromit’s The great sofa hijacker and Split the orange. Osinska led the development of the children’s series Joy’s and has also directed films i.a Spirits of the Piano and Zbigniew’s closet. A graduate of the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, UK, as well as the Polish Film School in Lodz and the Art College in Warsaw, Osinska is currently developing the feature film Jasiabased on her grandmother’s memories of WWII Poland.

Title: The journey to the dark head

Studio apartment: Studio Mir

Director: Hyeong Geun Park

Rising star Hyeong Geun Park had already made a name for himself when he entered the Korean animation industry in 2017, thanks to his strong drawing and animation sensibilities. He has directed animation for dozens of cinematic game trailers and has since branched out into animated series, working on projects such as Dota: Dragon’s Blood: Book 3 (2022) and Lookism (2022). The journey to the dark head is the first title he has produced from start to finish.

Title: The Spy Dancer

Studio apartment: Studio La Cachette

Writer-Director: Julien Cheng

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Julien Chheng is the CEO of Studio La Cachette, an Emmy Award®-winning French animation studio he founded in 2014 with fellow Gobelins School alumni Oussama Bouacheria and Ulysse Malassagne. Trained in visual development at Disney, Chheng has worked as a character animator on acclaimed 2D animated features The rabbi’s cat, Mune and Oscar® nominee Ernest and Celestine. In 2021, he won an Emmy Award® as executive producer of animation Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primary, for which he also served as animation supervisor. In 2022, Chheng co-directed the Cesar-nominated film with Jean-Christophe Roger Ernest and Celestine: A Trip to Gibberitia.

Title: The Bandits of Golak

Studio apartment: 88 pictures

Director: Ishan Shukla

Ishan Shukla started his career as a CG artist in Singapore. For more than a decade, he spearheaded projects ranging from TV commercials to series and music videos. His 2016 animated short, Schirkoa, was longlisted for the Academy Awards® after receiving dozens of awards and playing at 120 international festivals, including SIGGRAPH Asia where it was named Best in Show. He then set up his own animation studio to work on adult-oriented animated films, including a feature-length version of Schirkoawhich comes to festivals in the summer of 2023.

Title: The pit

Studio apartments: D’art Shtajio and Lucasfilm Ltd.

Writer-Director-Executive Producer: LeAndre Thomas

Co-Director: Justin Ridge

LeAndre Thomas is an award-winning writer and director from Oakland, California, whose latest film won Best Director at the Pasadena International Film Festival. In addition to his independent films, Thomas is part of the franchise studio team at Lucasfilm Ltd. where he has worked for more than 11 years to be credited on newer titles such as Light & Magic, The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: Tales of the Jediand many more.

Justin Ridge executive produced the Emmy®-nominated series Star Wars Resistance. His credits also include Star Wars Rebels, Storks, The Cleveland Show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Title: Aww song

Studio apartment: Triggerfish

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Writer-Directors: Nadia Darries and Daniel Clarke

Nadia Darries is a director, animator and co-founder of Goon Valley Animation, with a passion for songwriting. Born in the Cape Flats of South Africa, Darries has worked in high-end animated film and motion design as an animator, project manager, creative director and director since 2015. Her experience includes animation at Triggerfish Animation Studios on the award-winning BBC films Stick Man, Revolting Rhymes and Highway rat.

Daniel Clarke is a Cape Town-based director and artist working in animation, film and illustration. He began his career in animation in 2008 at Triggerfish Animation Studios, where he has served as production designer, art director and director on projects such as the feature film KhumbaBBC’s Stickman, and The snail and the whale. In 2018, together with James Clarke and Daniel Snaddon, he completed the graphic novel “Kariba”.

Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 will stream exclusively on Disney+ starting May 4, 2023.

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