Disney has come up with a fantastic way to deliver decades worth of Star Wars stories into a child-friendly package, creating a new series of animated shorts that will bring the major plot points and characters from the films to younger audiences. It’s an important step in Disney’s outreach to children, the studio released “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” “Solo,” and “Rogue One” with PG-13 ratings, which might have discourage parents from letting younglings watch them. Since kid-friendly shows like “Star Wars: Rebels,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” and “Star Wars: Resistance” all build off of the original films, and feed into the newer ones, it’s wonderful that Disney is creating an animated series that will allow children to get the full story.
Called the “Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures,” the series will introduce children to the themes of the Star Wars universe, along with important moments that were in the films. They will be introduce and feature iconic characters and locations that future Star Wars fans should know about, and they come in quick to consume packages. The shorts will help launch StarWarsKids.com and the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel, which are going live on November 30th.
There will be six shorts at launch that combine original dialogue, music, and sound effects with a bright animated style. It’s probably the best way to introduce a young one to Star Wars and it makes me wish I had kids to share them with. Disney also confirmed that additional shorts featuring fan-favorite characters will debut in December, and that there will be new releases throughout 2019.
“With Galaxy of Adventures, we wanted to craft something that allowed parents to help their kids take their first step into a much larger world whether they were ready to show their kids the films or wanted to find new ways to explore the content,” James Waugh, Lucasfilm’s vice president for franchise content and strategy, tells StarWars.com.
It’s a brilliant idea, as the bite-sized Star Wars snacks can be quickly devoured time and again as children learn more and more about the Star Wars canon. The animated style looks terrific from what we saw in the promo video below, and we are excited to see how the younger generation reacts to the content.
All of this will lead into “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which hits theaters in December 2019.