At last! Aardman stop-motion meets Star Wars in anthology series

The trailer for the second season of the animated Disney+ streaming series Star Wars: Visions looks a bit like the first season.  It has a lot of Old Republic-era looking dark Sith bad guys facing off again young, ambitious warriors, and it seems to span the main Star Wars timelines by way of settings and costume.  For this season there is one notable exception.  Along with eight other animation studios from across the globe, this time Lucasfilm has tapped the Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations for one of its anthology stories.  The studio whose chief mascot literally just flew to the moon and back in real life–Shaun the Sheep–and has seen the top prizes for its Wallace & Gromit and unique stop-motion movies, is the perfect partner for the Star Wars universe.  Take a look at Farmaggeddon (reviewed here at borg in 2020) to see the kind of out-of-this-world adventure Aardman is capable of, and the potential of this kind of major match-up.  This is exactly what animator Ray Harryhausen would be creating were he alive today.

As a bonus, Denis Lawson returns to voice the character Wedge Antilles, who appeared in the very first Star Wars film.  Enjoy this trailer for the second season of Star Wars: Visions:

Here are the details for the Aardman episode, I Am Your Mother, featuring Maxine Peake as Kalina Kalfus, Charithra Chandran as Annisoukaline Kalfus, Daisy Haggard as Dorota Van Reeple, Bebe Cave as Julan Van Reeple, and Denis Lawson as Wedge Antilles:

Young pilot Anni, who is embarrassed by her sweet, but clingy mum, must team with her for a madcap family race at the academy.  Along the way, their relationship is tested by the elements, their old ship, other racers… and each other!

Creators providing episodes this season are El Guiri, Cartoon Saloon, Punkrobot, Studio Mir, Studio La Cashette, 88 Pictures, D’Art Shtajio, Trigger Fish, and Aardman.  Academy Award-winning actress Anjelica Huston, who played a cyborg in the Michael Jackson 3D movie Captain EO, will also voice a character this season, along with genre favorite actor Daniel Dae Kim.

In case you missed it, take a look at Aardman in the book A Grand Success!, reviewed  here at borg.  Look for Star Wars: Visions on Disney+ this Star Wars Day, May 4, 2023.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg

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