As we mentioned last week, the animated short series Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures premiered last Friday, November 30 as part of the Star Wars Kids channel on YouTube. As expected, it interprets scenes depicted or hinted at from the original live-action movies in a new vibrant and animated style.
Variably introduced or not by a short narration, each episode from the first release wave of Galaxy of Adventures follows a key character from the franchise, on one pivotal scene or more, to better showcase his personality to younger audiences, especially those still fairly new to the Star Wars saga.
While the episodes of Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel are region-locked to North America only, they can also be viewed on certain YT channels of regional Disney XD such as the UK version. Here’s an initial list of episodes found there thus far:
If anybody’s thinking that there’s a lot of Star Wars content being prepped by Disney and Lucasfilm already – animated series, live-action series, and Episode IX among others – then they have underestimated just how many forms of media they can churn out of the world’s greatest space opera franchise at once.
Already word is out that there will be a new web-series coming out called Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures. While earlier series Forces of Destiny focused on female Star Wars characters in action, this appears to be an adaptation of the films themselves, cut down into mini-episodes depicting significant scenes from the eight (plus two) movies that are already released.
Galaxy of Adventures will apparently use authentic film audio while reimagining the visuals with some slick animation that (amusingly) looks more anime than the promised anime style on Star Wars Resistance. Here’s an enumeration of the sequences referred to in the first web series trailer:
Millennium Falcon escaping from the Hoth blockade (The Empire Strikes Back)
Battle of Yavin IV (A New Hope)
Capture of Tantive IV (New Hope)
Search for R2-D2 on Dune Sea (New Hope)
Luke receiving his father’s lightsaber (New Hope)
Yoda vs. Count Dooku/Darth Tyrannus (Attack of the Clones)
Luke vs. Vader in Cloud City (Empire Strikes Back)
Luke vs. Vader before Palpatine (Return of the Jedi)
Next year, Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World will become home to the biggest theme park area based on the epic space opera franchise of Star Wars. This area, to be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, will be identical in features on both locations, and will definitely be hits with guests.
Information released thus far reveals at least three significant attractions for Galaxy’s Edge. Two of them are rides and the third being the background music that will be piped into the area all day. Disney Parks and Resorts even released promo videos for all three:
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – trackless dark ride into a Resistance-First Order battle
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – cockpit simulator ride for family-sized groups
Everybody knows the D23 Expos, where the House of Mouse showcases what new surprises are in store for their fans across their wide company portfolio, from the theme parks, to films and TV shows to other forms of media. It happens every other year, for being such a major occasion.
But what does Disney do in the years without D23? They hold another expo for the public. It’s called Destination D and it was held last week. Where D23 is more on the media, Destination D had a greater focus on theme park attractions, and they had lots to share. Note that most of these attractions won’t open until 2019:
Guardians of the Galaxy (roller coaster)
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (dark ride)
Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along – France Pavilion
Circle-Vision 360 Viewing Screens – new update (China Pavilion) and new film (Canada Pavilion)
Replacement Show for “Illuminations” Presentation – 2020 debut; Disney properties spotlight
“Epcot Forever” Fireworks Show
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run – “hyper-real” cockpit ride experience
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – trackless ride into Resistance- First Order battle, featuring Kylo Ren
New Star Wars musical pieces from John Williams for Galaxy’s Edge
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Other
Wonderful World of Animation – projection-mapping nighttime spectacular showcase, 2019 debut
As if to counteract some unreasonably critical opinions that the Star Wars saga and Lucasfilm has been driven to the ground by Disney following the contentious reception to The Last Jedi and Solo, This new live-action series spinoff being overseen by Jon Favreau in Disney+ streaming is proceeding quite nicely.
We already know that The Mandalorian takes place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens (before Star Wars Rebels too), and that it follows the titular bounty hunter from the mercenary society that Boba Fett (allegedly) hails from. In addition, several planned episodes have attracted some high-profile directors.
Now, we’ve received word on the first castings done for the show. There’s already a rough idea on what role one of them plays, but no actual character names have been provided thus far. So let’s get to the list:
Ever since Disney announced that they would launch their own streaming service for their media library and new original exclusive content, a platform that now has the name Disney+, they have also given a lineup of all those original movies and series they plan to debut with the service’s launch.
Among the many general franchises we can expect to be found on Disney+ in 2019 is of course, the space opera saga of Star Wars from Lucasfilm. The initial content announcement had one live-action Star Wars series to be written by Jon Favreau. We now know its title, and that it’ll also be accompanied by two more Star Wars shows.
These are the current Star Wars exclusive content to expect on Disney+ in the future:
The Mandalorian – Star Wars series written by Favreau; about the titular member of the Galaxy’s bounty hunter society
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (season 7) – revival of Cartoon Network and Netflix 3D-animated spinoff series between Episodes II and III of the prequel trilogy; set for 12 episodes
untitled Rogue One prequel series – proposed espionage thriller set before the Rogue One spinoff film; starring Diego Luna reprising his role as Rebel Alliance intelligence officer Cassian Andor, who would eventually die delivering the Death Star plans during the Battle of Scarif
All three series are thus far still on the order phase, with no word yet on full production will begin.
When Disney began pulling out its streaming content from Netflix, binge-watchers waited with bated breath for what would happen next. Disney then announced its own in-house streaming service, to be launched in 2019, featuring both existing media library and original content to really draw in subscribers to check them out.
Recently Disney has finally given a name to their in-development platform that has been referred to only as their “streaming service” over the past few months. Now fans can look forward next year to the opening of Disney+ (pronounced “Plus”), with its content falling under five particular Disney sub-brand labels.
Here are the label subcategories for all content old and new that would be found in Disney+ upon its launch:
Disney – Animated Canon, classic family-oriented films, beloved Disney Afternoon and later animated series
Pixar – their animated films and shorts
Marvel – Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, TV series, Marvel Animation content, new programs
Star Wars – all films in the saga, all Star Wars Story anthology spinoffs, Lucasfilm animated series, new programs
National Geographic – documentaries and reality programming
While animated series Star Wars Resistance is off to a start on Disney Channel and XD, a more live-action spinoff to the massive space opera franchise is taking shape under the helm of show-runner Jon Favreau for its eventual premiere next year on Disney’s very own streaming service, yet unnamed.
The show’s called The Mandalorian, referring to the loose confederation and society of space bounty hunters from which Jango and Boba Fett hail from. This series chronicles the journey of a solitary Mandalorian gunfighter making his way through the Galaxy three years after the events of Return of the Jedi.
Production on the show’s been promising so far, and even original creator George Lucas dropped by on the set on the occasion of Favreau’s 52nd birthday. They posed for photos with one of The Mandalorian’s executive producers; said EP is also directing one of the episodes. In fact, here’s a list of confirmed episode directors for the show so far, along with previous production credits.
Dave Filoni (Avatar: The Last Airbender; Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)
Deborah Chow (Marvel’s Jessica Jones)
Rick Famuyiwa (Dope)
Bryce Dallas Howard (M83’s “Claudia Lewis” music video; Solemates)
By now, Star Wars Resistance, the latest animated series in the Star Wars franchise, is on its second week of running on both Disney Channel and Disney XD, and on its third episode (as the premiere date was a 2-episode double feature). The setting is introduced and the main characters are presented with their respective circumstances, in the background of galactic events building up to Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
We’ve covered the pilots of Ace Squadron in a prior list, so now we’ll touch on the other supporting cast and possible antagonists for Resistance:
Ace Squadron – the mercenary starfighter unit of Colossus Station in planet Castilon; doubles as a racing circuit when not fighting outside threats
Team Fireball – the support unit of Kazuda Xiono, based on the starship repair yard run by Jarek Yeager
Jarek Yeager (Scott Lawrence) – veteran pilot and old friend of Dameron Poe; runs a repair yard and gives Resistance agent Kazuda a home and workplace while steering clear of his spying activities
Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath) – wannabe starfighter racer from Kuat, working as a mechanic for Jarek; almost finished fixing the Fireball as her personal racing craft only for Kazuda to take over from her
Neeku Vozo (Josh Brener) – a Kadas’sa’Nikto employee of Jarek’s shop; possibly autistic
R1-J5 aka “Bucket” – Jarek’s old astromech droid partner that likes wearing Rebel Alliance helmets
Colossus Station – a starship refueling station on the water planet of Castilon
Imanuel Doza – captain of the Colussus and overprotective dad of Ace pilot Torra Doza
Flix (Jim Rash) – humanoid avian and co-proprietor of Flix and Orka’s Office of Acquisitions
Orka (Bobby Moynihan) – a Chadra-Fan and co-proprietor with Flix of their Office of Acquisitions
Aunt Z’Vk’Thkrkza (Tovah Feldshuh) – the Gilliand barkeep of Aunt Z’s Tavern; she runs the Ace Squadron race betting pool
Jace Rucklin (Elijah Wood) – a Colossus starfighter racer who tries to get one up of Kazuda while pretending to be friendly
Bolza Grool (Fred Tatasciore) – a short-tempered and vindictive Klatooinian gorg merchant
Grevel (Dee Bradley Baker) – an Aleena con man who sets ups Colossus newcomers to run up debts to him
Jav Sivrak (Greg Proops) – Colossus race announcer
Space Pirates – the sort of danger an isolated refueling station like Colossus tends to attract
Kragan (Gary Anthony Williams) – a Quarren commander of a space pirate crew; frequently attacks Colossus
Synara San (Nazneen Contractor) – part of Kragan’s crew; a beautiful junk salvager
The Resistance – formed as a deniable asset to oppose the First Order, an insurgency in First Order-controlled space that in theory cannot be linked to the New Republic
General Leia Organa (Rachel Butera) – former New Republic Senator; Resistance founder and leader
Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) – Resistance ace pilot and Kazuda’s intelligence handler
Starting Sunday, October 7, the latest Star Wars animated series from Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars Resistance, will premiere on the Disney Channel, followed on Disney XD. Taking place six months before the start of The Force Awakens, it follows a young Resistance pilot and spy snooping on suspected First Order activity at a refueling station on an ocean planet.
While there, Kazuda Xiono will meet new people, who will become friends, rivals and possible foes as he tries to determine who to trust and not, while the Galaxy hurtles into a new period on galactic conflict for its very existence.
Star Wars Resistance focuses on Kazuda and Ace Squadron, a group of mercenary star-fighter pilots who provide security for Colossus Station on planet Castilon. When not fighting against raiders and other potential threats, the Aces spend time by doubling as racers on aerial and space courses, competing for extra money and celebrity while giving Colossus a show to gamble on.
Kazuda Xiono (Christopher Sean) – a New Republic pilot from an influential family with a Senator for a father; recruited into the Resistance by Poe Dameron and assigned to the Outer Rim world of Castilon to check possible movements from the First Order; joined the Team Fireball star-fighter racing crew and becomes one of the Aces
Torra Doza (Myrna Velasco) – youngest Ace of Ace Squadron and daughter of Captain Imanuel Doza, boss of Collossus Station on Castilon; became a pilot to get out of her overprotective father’s shadow and is Kaz’s closest Ace rival
Hype Fazon (Donald Faison) – a Rodian merc and the most egotistic pilot of Ace Squadron; his fighter carries labels from corporate sponsors
Griff Halloran (Stephen Stanton) – a grizzled former Imperial pilot who has the air of a veteran; pilots his old TIE Fighter that has been customized beyond its original specs
Freya Fenris (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) – cold and business-like, the oldest Ace pilot aside from Griff; she shares a last name and resemblance to Astrid Fenris, a smuggler seen in the background of Solo: A Star Wars Story
Bo Keevil (VA unrevealed) – a Kel Dor Ace pilot who wears a mask and speaks little, if at all; notorious for trying to stunt-fly his star-fighter beyond its capacities, leading to frequent crashes in racing and fighting