The all-new animated Star Wars shorts have arrived to share the Force…
The first Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures animated shorts arrive today on StarWarsKids.com and the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel, and they’re charming love letters to some of the saga’s greatest moments and icons. Featuring icons like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Chewbacca. Princess Leia and our beloved R2-D2 and C-3PO the force is truly strong with them.
Developed with the animation studio Titmouse Animation, the shorts have a vibrant, modern look, falling somewhere between manga and a Star Wars Little Golden Book come to life. Each short encapsulates something about a character, their choices, and their path, taking inspiration from specific scenes and amplifying them.
Luke Skywalker – “The Journey Begins”
In “The Journey Begins,” Luke Skywalker turns on his lightsaber for the first time, and his hair and clothes ripple from its power. Then he practices, cutting left and right, and leaping triumphantly into the air. While it didn’t happen quite like this in Star Wars: A New Hope, the energy of the sequence captures the elevated feeling that any kid who’s ever held a toy lightsaber has had.
This short, which dramatizes Luke’s call to adventure, is anchored with him receiving his father’s lightsaber from Obi-Wan. Early in the process, we were won over by Titmouse’s work-in-progress images and early test animation of Luke turning on the lightsaber, hair-blowing back, looking wide-eyed. The heightened style conveyed the weight and power of the moment and that feeling of wish fulfilment any kid would have when they turn on a lightsaber for the first time.
If you’re a parent or older sibling who loves Star Wars and want to share it with the younglings in your family, Galaxy of Adventures could be their first step into a larger world
Stay tuned to thefutureoftheforce.com for more episodes as they arrive…
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