Star Wars Resistance has been a little controversial to say the least, since its debut on the Disney Channel last year. Older fans of the franchise have had less than kind words to say about the show, while younger fans seem to love it (kind of like every version of Star Wars released to date).
In a new article by Cinema Blend, the site sits down with Star Wars Resistance executive producer Justin Ridge to talk about how the show just might be edging closer to the Star Wars that adult fans want, and the misconception of animation being created just for kids.
“It’s exciting, to tell you the truth. I think the show is fun because we’re kind of giving a little more of a lighthearted tone. Because I think we definitely want younger audiences to really be into the show, but we definitely don’t want to exclude the older fans. We want to stay true to Star Wars and what has come before us. So even though it’s lighter in tone and has a little more comedy, we definitely have a lot in store that I think older fans are really going to enjoy.”
The site also asked Ridge about his thoughts on how adult fans perceive Star Wars in its various animated forms.
That’s a battle that’s gone on for a long time. I think a lot of people have viewed animation as a whole as something just for kids, which I disagree. Animation, I think even Brad Bird said, animation is a medium. It’s not a genre. It’s just a different way of telling these stories. So I think that’s for people to just kind of accept and be like, ‘We’re telling really fun stories with these characters and it happens to be animation.’ Hopefully they can get past the way that we’re telling the story and just really get into it.
What are your thoughts about the show? Is it just another bit of kid-friendly media that leaves adult fans out in the snow? Or are you enjoying it like every other iteration of Star Wars? Leave your thoughts in our easy to use comment section below!
About Star Wars Resistance:
Star Wars Resistance was created by LucasFilm Animation’s Dave Filoni, who served as an executive producer on the last animated show, Star Wars Rebels.
“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots,” said Filoni. “My grandfather was a pilot and my uncle flew and restored planes, so that’s been a big influence on me. There’s a long history of high-speed racing in Star Wars, and I think we’ve captured that sense of excitement in an anime-inspired style, which is something the entire team has been wanting to do for a long time.”
You can catch Star Wars Resistance every Sunday night at 10:00pm EST, on Disney Channel.