Willow is now streaming on Disney+
The long wait for return of Willow is over, as the franchise is back on Disney+ with a new series. Today is the premiere date for Willow on Disney+, and to celebrate, the first two episodes are now available on launch day to stream. Warwick Davis returns as the wizard Willow Ufgood, and he’s joined by a new band of heroes looking to protect Andowyn from a growing threat. The latest Lucasfilm project debuts just like the Star Wars series Andor is wrapping up its first season, with a second season already greenlit. Fans have already jumped on social media to share their immediate reactions to Willowits premiere.
ComicBook.com’s Joe Schmidt reviewed Willowand gives it 3 out of 5 stars: “That said, Willow has its disappointments, though it’s nice to see Disney+ pushing for high-concept fantasy outside the realms of Star Wars and Marvel. The pilot is very clunky and it’s not clear if it’s the victim of poor editing, or a problematic production (where several directors joined and left the project), or VFX issues, though it’s likely a combination of all three. The characters and acting are all on point, but there are some moments where the fast pace is disjointed by cuts that don’t feel natural or fluid.”
Showrunner Jonathan Kasdan also spoke with ComicBook.com’s Chris Killian about the fantasy projects that helped influence this new version of Willow.
“Well, when you asked that question, that’s the first thing that pops into my head The Neverending Story, because visually it was so inspiring,” Kasdan explained. “It’s funny, I visited it not too long ago and I’m still a little confused as to how it was even achieved. All the environments feel completely real, the rooms are huge and just vast. In a way that, sort of Willow a bit, has a slightly eerie quality because the world of it was so big. You kind of didn’t understand, “Well, how is this… Did they shoot on location in another universe or fantasy place?” You know? Especially the ariel shots of Atreyu rampaging over these planes. I was always a little intimidated by that.”
Kasdan continued, “But the other thing we talked about a lot while we were making the show was The Nothing, and the kind of cloud-tank technology that was used to create these kind of amorphous, monstrous eating entities that came to destroy the world. So it was very central to what we did, and at the end of the first episode when Warick kind of says, ‘You’re the only one in the world who can stop this force that’s coming to destroy us all,’ I always think. of The Nothing . And that’s really the crux of it. But all those movies that really used a certain amount of reality and grit. Ladyhawke comes to mind… Legend comes to mind because of how scary Tim Curry was and how sexy Mia Sara was. There were just elements of all those movies that really spoke to me. James Earl Jones’ appearance in Conan the Barbarian is terrifying. And this image of snakes and occult, kind of believers, was always at the core of what we do. So I guess the best answer to your questions is that we stole from everything.”
Willow now streaming on Disney+. New episodes debut every Wednesday.