At the end of a terrific and fun panel celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of The Clone Wars, Dave Filoni announced at Star Wars Celebration that a second season of Tales of the Jedi will be coming to Disney+!
There were no details about a release date, number of episodes, or Jedi who will be featured, but Filoni did confirm that he’s making more. He said he had so much fun making the first batch that he wanted to jump back into it, and he shared two primary motivations for doing so. The first is because it gives him an excuse to get the voice cast from The Clone Wars back together, which given Filoni’s full schedule doesn’t happen as often. The second is because he views it as his responsibility to help pass on what he has learned to others, much like George Lucas did for him. So Filoni intends for this to be a way for him to make these episodes while also simultaneously teaching others the craft.
Filoni became established in Star Wars storytelling through the animated shows The Clone Wars and Rebels, and he currently is Lucasfilm’s Executive Creative Director as he works as an executive producer, director, and writer on The Mandalorian and its connected shows, such as The Book of Boba Fett, Skeleton Crew, and Ahsoka – the latter of which he’s obviously especially involved in. He has also been an executive producer on other animated shows, including Resistance, Forces of Destiny, and The Bad Batch. And just yesterday it was announced that he will be directing a live-action Star Wars movie, which will bring together the Mandoverse stories in a climactic conclusion.
The first season of Tales of the Jedi included six shorts, which debuted on Disney+ last fall. Three of the shorts focused on Ahsoka Tano, while three of them focused on Dooku. We don’t know who will be featured in the second season, but this format is an absolutely perfect way of telling stories of other Jedi – and I’m hoping other eras, too – without having to do a full series. It allows Filoni to take a few episodes to tell a few short stories, which seems like a perfect medium to focus on a whole number of other Jedi. I’d love to see them include some from the High Republic era, for example, and especially some of Luke Skywalker and Ben Solo, as another example. All of this is just my speculation, but the point is that this is a prime format for these stories to happen in.
So this is great news. And it’s great news that, despite how busy Dave Filoni is with other projects, he’s still devoting some time to animation.