Lucasfilm unveiled its new animated project at the Star Wars Celebration : Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi , a six-part short series that will debut this fall on Disney +.
It will resume the animation style of The Clone Wars , and will have Ahsoka Tano and Count Dooku as protagonists, but as we have never seen them before.
We will see them in three distinct periods of their life (three episodes will be dedicated to each). Speaking of the young Count Dooku said Dave Filoni : “He was a Jedi. He was one of them “.
We will also review other Jedi Knights from the prequels such as Qui-Gon Jinn (voiced by both Liam Neeson and his son depending on the narrative period) and Mace Windu.
“Qui-Gon is one of the best and, in some ways, the most interesting Jedi, because of his philosophy, which is different from that of the Jedi Council,” said Filoni . “And where did he learn it, if not from his mentor, Count Dooku?”.
Tales of the Jedi started out as a kind of side project for Filoni, something that came to mind between seasons of The Mandalorian and Lucasfilm ‘s other live-action projects. It was born out of ideas he had for The Clone Wars but that didn’t fit the storytelling of the series.
Panel attendees watched the first episode ‘ Life and Death ‘. Focused on little Ahsoka and her mother Pav-ti (voiced by Janina Gavankar , the voice of Iden Versio in Star Wars Battlefront II ), it tells the birth of the Jedi and her first adventures with her mother.
“Mothers are so important,” Filoni said. “Ahsoka’s first experience with someone saying ‘Don’t be afraid’ is with her mother.”
Filoni admitted the influence of Hayao Miyazaki in this short.
He defined these shorts as “tonal poems”: stories with minimal dialogues, told through images:
“It’s the relationship with the mentor… now it’s our job to take care of it and move it forward in ways that are exciting for the next generation.”
Commenting on the tone of the episode that was shown, Filoni warned fans that it will become darker in other chapters, such as those of Dooku.
“Are they funny, happy? I don’t know, they are difficult. Some of these are gloomy ”. And he continued: “I’m imagining the other shorts, and if I chose to show a Dooku short today, I don’t think we would be talking about all the nice things about Star Wars. I think we would talk about something else. It would be like saying: ‘Oooh, this was tough!’ ”.
Veteran Kevin Kiner is in charge of the soundtrack for the series.