There’s a new Star Wars animated series coming, and we’ll learn more about it at Celebration next month!
The series, Tales of the Jedi, has been sort of known for a while, as news of its existence leaked in December. But we haven’t gotten any sort of confirmation from Lucasfilm – that is, until the list of panels for Celebration Anaheim was announced recently. Included in the announcement is a panel that will take place on Saturday, May 28, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. eastern time (2:30-3:30 local time). The panel is described as follows:
Introducing Tales of the Jedi, animated anthology shorts. Hosted by Amy Ratcliffe with special guest Dave Filoni.
There’s obviously not a whole lot of info there, which makes sense with Celebration only a month away. Details on the series will be released then. But since we previously knew nothing about it, this actually does tell us a few things!
First, it’s an anthology series. That obviously means that it’ll be a collection of stories, seemingly as opposed to one continuous story like a serial would do. It’ll probably be a collection of stories about the Jedi that are held together by some loose threads; I think it would be awesome if the premise of the series was Luke Skywalker “re-telling” tales about the Jedi that he had discovered. But that’s all purely speculation! What we know is that it’ll be an anthology collection.
Second, it’s going to be made up of shorts. That means that this won’t be full-length episodes or anything like that, so immediately it seems like this might be more in line with something like Forces of Destiny than Rebels. That’s not overly significant, as the main thing is telling a good story no matter the length, but it could be viewed as a bit of a letdown. I suppose that’s a good reason for getting this info out there before Celebration, to set realistic expectations.
And third, it seems like Dave Filoni is involved. That’s not surprising, since he’s involved to some degree with basically everything Lucasfilm animation does (and nowadays with basically everything Lucasfilm does, period), but it’s great to hear that Filoni will be appearing to talk about this series at Celebration.
So while we still don’t know much, this announcement did both confirm its existence and give us our first bits of information about what to expect. I’m excited to learn more at Celebration!