A brand new Star Wars animated shows is coming, called Tales of the Jedi, and entering this year’s Celebration we knew almost nothing about it. That changed on Saturday when Dave Filoni pulled back the curtain on the series, giving us a good idea of what to expect.
Here’s what we learned:
- The show is made up of six shorts. Three of them are about Ahsoka Tano, while three of them are about Count Dooku. It releases this fall on Disney+.
- These episodes aren’t limited to a specific period of time, so they span different aspects. For Ahsoka, an episode was screened exclusively at Celebration of her first year of life, focused on her and her relationship with her mother (played by Janina Gavanker, who played Iden Versio in Battlefront 2). Filoni said that his initial idea for this episode was to show Plo Koon finding Ahsoka, but decided that he wanted to explore a mother/daughter story instead, something that hasn’t been done as much in Star Wars. Other images released show Ahsoka training in the Jedi Temple, as well as Ahsoka facing off against the Inquisitor – seemingly an adaptation of the events in the Ahsoka novel by E.K. Johnston! Filoni said that some of these shorts get dark.
- For the Count Dooku episodes, they explore his time as a Jedi. Images released show concept art of Dooku (with his blue lightsaber), young Qui-Gon Jinn, and Dooku and Mace Windu on a mission together. Liam Neeson is returning to voice Qui-Gon, while Neeson’s son will provide the voice for the younger version of the character.
- The series is done in Clone Wars style animation, and the first episode that was screened appears to have been around 15 minutes. It is unclear if every episode will be the same length, but these are described as animated shorts, sounding very similar to Visions. It’s unclear if they will each release the same day, like Visions did, or not.
- Kevin Kiner is returning to provide the score, having previously done so for The Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Bad Batch.
- A trailer was shown (that for some incredibly strange reason has not been made public), and included in there were glimpses of Padmé’s funeral – and Yaddle!
- Filoni wrote some of these scripts while on planes traveling back and forth from filming on The Mandalorian, and he then showed them to Carrie Beck. He mentioned that it’s nice to be back working with the animated team – this will actually mark his first hands-on animated series since Rebels, I believe.