A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Star Wars Visions is an anime anthology series that takes place in the Star Wars universe. The initial run features nine 15- to 20-minute episodes produced by six different Japanese animation studios. The stories use plenty of imagery and ideas familiar to Star Wars fans (alien species, locations, lightsabers, and some brief cameos by well-known characters) but take place outside of the Star Wars canon. Like other Star Wars-related series, there's no notable profanity or sexual content, but violence is shown throughout in the form of laser gun fights, sword fights, and other large and small battles.
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What's the story?
Star Wars Visions represents the first time Japanese animation studios have been asked to create their own versions of Star Wars stories. Each of the short films is done in a different style, with a different take on the familiar Star Wars universe, including stories that range from samurai epics to intergalactic rock concerts.
Is it any good?
Anthology series are mixed bags by nature -- Star Wars Visions is no exception, as some of the episodes are vastly more entertaining than others. The series feels a bit like flipping through a sketchbook full of different styles and spins on familiar parts of the Star Wars universe, which is a dream for fans ready for some creative takes on classic material. That said, the draw isn't really the stories as much as it is the way they're told, with frenetic energy, intricate art, and plenty of surprises along the way. It's a worthy experiment done well.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about anime. Were you familiar with these styles of animation before watching Star Wars Visions? What is unique about the animation? How do the styles of the individual episodes differ from one another?
How do these stories relate to the Star Wars universe? Do you expect to see any of the characters again? Why, or why not? Do any of the episodes use elements from the other movies and shows in new or surprising ways?
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