Animation has been the riding creative power unhurried the “Star Wars” universe for a whereas, a problem solid into sharper focal point by how dwell-action collection Lucasfilm has produced for Disney+ dangle drawn upon those exhibits. That relationship continues with “Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi,” an titillating anthology that offers a chance to flesh out the tales of peripheral but acquainted lightsaber-wielding figures.
It’s no longer ceaselessly a surprise that this most up to date addition to the mythology comes courtesy of producer Dave Filoni, who oversaw such collection as “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels” before throwing his fertile thoughts for all issues “Star Wars” into “The Mandalorian” and other dwell-action fare.
Filoni wrote five of the six shorts, that are split between Ahsoka Tano (again voiced by Ashley Eckstein), soon to be featured in her dangle dwell-action spinoff; and Count Dooku (played in the motion pictures by Christopher Lee, and voiced by Corey Burton).
Beyond a glimpse of a toddler Ahsoka (beautiful in time for vacation gift-giving, kids), in an episode that illustrates her home planet and its warrior lag, the episodes soar around in time. That entails extra insights into Dooku and his abandonment of the Jedi give away to embrace the shadowy facet and Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid).
The anthology layout creates the opportunity to fall in at various inflection parts scattered across the “Star Wars” timeline. The six episodes crisply bustle wherever from 10 to 17 minutes, with every deftly alongside side nuggets to our determining of “Star Wars” lore, weaving in key facts and occasions that helped forge these characters. Followers is ceaselessly specifically intrigued by one of the fundamental fundamental gradations surrounding Ahsoka, her relationship to Anakin Skywalker and the aftermath of the Clone Wars.
In that appreciate, Filoni and firm dangle basically crafted inner this titillating kit a condensed model of what Lucasfilm accomplished with “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” lovingly wrapping these pristine little tales around the flagship motion pictures. Animation has also change into a automobile for greater experimentation, as witnessed in the “Star Wars: Visions” anime shorts that premiered last yr.
Granted, the knock on these productions is that they quantity to a roughly dapper-provider for the “Star Wars” reliable, rekindling broken-down flames, and very without danger submerging them in the previous, whereas Lucasfilm has been relatively cautious in phrases of lights novel sparks.
It’s a honest correct criticism broadly, but somewhat eradicated from the ask at hand here. Because of in the occasion you capture it as a given that “Star Wars” goes to enjoy what’s derisively ceaselessly known as “fan provider,” then by all intention, design it as nicely and as slickly as this.
“Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi” premieres October 26 on Disney+.