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Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023: Aardman and Cartoon Saloon do Star Wars! Visions Volume 2 trailer drops

April 11th, 2023 by Marc Comments

While I liked the first volume of Star Wars: Visions, I wasn’t terribly excited for volume two, which is dropping this May 4th, but after seeing the trailer and hearing about (especially two) the studios involved, I am counting the days to it!

The second volume of the anthology series which sees various animation houses from around the world give us their unique – and not necessarily canon – vision of Star Wars features nine new shorts and, while they all look wonderful, we’re very excited for two in particular.

Firstly, we’re so excited to see Ireland’s own Cartoon Saloon, the wonderful folks behind Song of the Sea, Book of Keels and Wolf Walkers, bring their unique look and feel to the galaxy far, far away with Screecher’s Reach[Click to embiggen]:

Next up, as a lifelong fan of Aardman animation ever since I saw War Stories in 1989, finally seeing the creators of Wallace & Gromit stepping into Star Wars with I Am Your Mother is a dream come true [also click to embiggen]:

Also, with these two studios, I have never hoped so much that an action figure line be created… an Star Wars Aardman line is something I might kill for.

Anyway, check out the trailer below and the voice cast too, with some amazing surprises. This might be my – surprise – greatest reveal from Star Wars Celebration.

Also, on a side note, a particular shoutout to the eagle-eyed Twitter users who spotted this wonderful nod to 1989’s A Grand Day Out, the first-ever Wallace and Gromit adventure… looks like our little guy made it off the moon and all the way to that galaxy we love oh, so much:

Just released at Star Wars Celebration: Watch the new trailer for Star Wars Visions: Volume 2, featuring nine new shorts from nine celebrated animation studios from across the globe. Streaming May 4 on Disney+.

The full cast for Volume 2 includes Denis Lawson returning as Wedge Antilles in I Am Your Mother, while legend Anjelica Huston will voiced the Sith Mother in Screecher’s Reach.

“Sith” by El Guiri

A former Sith apprentice, leading a peaceful, but isolated life, is confronted by the past when her old master tracks her down.

ÚRSULA CORBERÓ as Lola, LUIS TOSAR as Sith Master, ÚRSULA CORBERÓ and LUIS TOSAR also voice their characters in the Spanish dub.

“Screecher’s Reach” by Cartoon Saloon

A young girl, seeking reprieve from her days in a rural workhouse, discovers a legendary haunted cave with her friends. The cave’s dark pull will change the trajectory of her life forever.


“In the Stars” by Punkrobot

Two sisters, the last of their kind who live in hiding on their ravaged land, squabble about how to survive with the Empire encroaching. On a water run, the sisters must fight back when they are discovered.

VALENTINA MUHR as Koten, JULIA OVIEDO as Tichina, KATE DICKIE as Officer, AMPARO NOGUERA as Officer, VALENTINA MUHR and JULIA OVEIDO also voice their characters in the Spanish Dub

“I Am Your Mother” by Aardman

Young pilot Anni, who is embarrassed by her sweet, but clingy mum, must team with her for a madcap family race at the academy. Along the way, their relationship is tested by the elements, their old ship, other racers…and each other!

MAXINE PEAKE as Kalina Kalfus, CHARITHRA CHANDRAN as Annisoukaline Kalfus, DAISY HAGGARD as Dorota Van Reeple, BEBE CAVE as Julan Van Reeple, DENIS LAWSON as Wedge Antilles

“Journey to the Dark Head” by Studio Mir (Korean Language Cast)

A hopeful mechanic and disillusioned young Jedi team up for a risky and unlikely quest to turn the tide of the galactic war, but dark forces tail them.

JANG YE NA as Ara / Young Ara, LEE KYUNG TAE as Toul, YUN YONG SIK as Bichan, CHWANG KWANG as Interpreter, CHOI SOO MIN as Master Duta, SHIN YONG WOO as Master Leesagum / Shopkeeper, LIM CHAE HEON as Training Partner, LEE SO YOUNG as Master Moru / Another Jedi

“Journey to the Dark Head” by Studio Mir (English Dub Cast)

ASHLEY PARK as Ara / Young Ara, EUGENE LEE YANG as Toul, DANIEL DAE KIM as Bichan, ALBERT KONG as Interpreter / Jedi Master A, GREG CHUN as Shopkeeper / Master Leesagum / Training Partner / Padawan, JONELLA LANDRY as Master Duta, JUDY ALICE LEE as Master Moru / Another Jedi

“The Spy Dancer” by Studio La Cachette

The premier dancer at a famous, Imperial-frequented cabaret uses her unique skill-set to spy for the Rebellion, but the presence of a mysterious officer threatens to derail her mission.

CAMILLE COTTIN as Loi’e, LAMBERT WILSON as Jon, KAYCIE CHASE as Hétis, RUDI-JAMES JEPHCOTT as The Officer, BARBARA WEBER-SCAFF as Mee’ma & Additional Voices, BRUCE SHERFIELD as Additional Voices, TAYLOR GASMAN as Additional Voices

“The Bandits of Golak” by 88 Pictures

Fleeing from their village by train and pursued by ferocious Imperial forces, a boy and his force-sensitive younger sister seek refuge in a vibrant and dangerous dhaba.

SURAJ SHARMA as Charuk, SONAL KAUSHAL as Rani, NEERAJ KABI as Inquisitor, LILLETE DUBEY as Rugal, SAHIL VAID as Maghadi and Scavenger, RICHARD JOEL as Scavenger SUMANTO RAY as Conductor, Jangori Leader and Dhoona, RAJEEV RAJ as Helper, AVIRAL KUMAR as Stormtrooper, ISH THAKKAR as Stormtrooper and Alien AADITYA SHARMA as Stormtrooper and Alien, SHIVANI DARBARI as Crowd

“The Pit” by D’Art Shtajio and Lucasfilm Ltd.

A fearless young prisoner, forced to dig for kyber by the Empire, plans a risky escape for he and his people.

DAVEED DIGGS as Crux, ANIKA NONI ROSE as Eureka / Mother, JORDYN CURET as Livy, CEDRIC YARBROUGH as Old Prisoner, STEVE BLUM as Commander, MATTHEW WOOD as Stormtroopers

“Aau’s Song” by Trigger Fish

An alien child who longs to sing is raised by her loving, but stern father to stay quiet because of the calamitous effect her voice has on the crystals in the nearby mines.

MPILO JANTJIE as Aau (dialogue), DINEO DU TOIT as Aau (singing), TUMISHO MASHA as Abat, CYNTHIA ERIVO as Kratu, FAITH BALOYI as Attu

Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 arrives May the 4th on Disney+.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….