This article discusses the Disney Plus animated series of shorts Tales of the Jedi, including the release date, time, plot synopsis, cast, and trailer.
Dave Filoni is coming back to Star Wars animation after he concluded the seventh and final season of The Clone Wars back in May 2020. This is Tales of the Jedi, an anthology series of six animated shorts (their lengths range from 10 to 17 minutes) that will follow the early adventures of young Ahsoka Tano, from her birth to her early steps as a Jedi apprentice, as well as the downfall of Count Dooku from Jedi Master to Sith Lord — we will see his early day’s training Qui-Gon Jinn. Each character will get three dedicated episodes.
If you are not familiar with this series, let us catch you up to speed!
Disney Plus Series Tales of the Jedi plot synopsis
Here is the official plot synopsis:
“Premiering October 26, 2022, exclusively on Disney+, Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi is an anthology of six all-new animated shorts produced by Lucasfilm Animation and created by Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels). Based on Star Wars and characters created by George Lucas, the series is set during the prequel era and spotlights important moments in the lives of fan-favorite characters Ahsoka Tano and Jedi-turned-Sith Lord Count Dooku as they embark on respective paths toward heroism and villainy.”
Our opinion of the premise
This is a very exciting series for me. Filoni is the king of Star Wars animation, no doubt, and this is a project he’s clearly very passionate about. Speaking at Star Wars Celebration earlier this year, he revealed that he came up with the idea for these stories while flying back and forth from the set of The Mandalorian. One day, he shared them with a member of the Lucasfilm Animation department, and they insisted on bringing them to life via an anthology animated series. And thus, Tales of the Jedi was born.
The concept is also very exciting. It’s an all-killer, no-filler, which might solve something that animated series like The Clone Wars, The Bad Batch, and even Rebels to an extent have suffered from — empty episodes that go nowhere, or even go on for too long. At Celebration, they screened the first episode, which showed baby Ahsoka Tano’s first encounter with the Force. While it was a solid entry, it mostly served as an introduction to the concept of the series and proved to me that it could be something really special. In fact, early reactions seem to suggest that the fourth episode is really something to see.
Tales of the Jedi release date and time
The series will be released globally on Disney Plus on Wednesday, October 26th, at 12 am PT.
How to watch Tales of the Jedi online
Audiences will be able to watch Tales of the Jedi with a subscription to Disney Plus. The subscription plan for Disney Plus is $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year.
Tales of the Jedi cast
Here is the main cast:
- Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano
- Corey Burton as Count Dooku
- Janina Gavankar as Ahsoka’s mother, Pav-ti
- Micheál Richardson as young Qui-Gon Jinn
- TC Carson as Mace Windu
- Ian McDiarmid as Darth Sidious
- Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn
- Phil Lamarr as Bail Organa
- Clancy Brown as Inquisitor
- Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker
- James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
Most of the cast is coming back from The Clone Wars, including Ashley Eckstein (who has recently become an ambassador of Star Wars in her own right), Matt Lanter, and James Arnold Taylor. There are also new exciting additions, including Janina Gavankar, who is no stranger to the Star Wars galaxy (she played the lead role in the video game Battlefront II), and Clancy Brown, who might be playing the Sixth Brother, an Inquisitor who Ahsoka Tano already faced in canon, in the events of the Ahsoka novel by EK Johnston.
But two names jump out — Ian McDiarmid and Liam Neeson, who are reprising their live-action roles in animated form. In fact, young Qui-Gon Jinn is voiced by Micheál Richardson, who is none other than Liam Neeson’s son.
The production team
Here is the team behind it all:
- Creator: Dave Filoni
- Writers: Dave Filoni (5 episodes), Charles Murray & Élan Murray (1 episode)
- Directors: Nathaniel Villanueva (1 episode), Charles Murray (1 episode), Saul Ruiz (4 episodes)
- Supervising director: Dave Filoni
- Executive producers: Dave Filoni, Athena Yvette Portillo, and Carrie Beck
- Producers: Alex Spotswood and Josh Rimes
- Composer: Kevin Kiner
Is there a trailer?
There sure is! Check it out below:
Is there anything else to know?
Yes! We actually do know the names of the episodes, and who is writing and directing each one. Check it out:
- “Life and Death”: Directed by Nathaniel Villanueva and written by Dave Filoni
- “Justice”: Directed by Saul Ruiz and written by Dave Filoni
- “The Sith Lord”: Directed by Saul Ruiz and written by Dave Filoni
- “Practice Makes Perfect”: Directed by Saul Ruiz and written by Dave Filoni
- “Coda”: Directed by Saul Ruiz and written by Dave Filoni
- “Choices”: Directed/written by Charles Murray and written by Élan Murray
The first one, “Life and Death”, is the baby Ahsoka Tano-centric episode that was screened at Star Wars Celebration. It is 17 minutes long, the longest of any of them (including credits).
Are you looking forward to Tales of the Jedi? Let us know in the comments below!