There’s been a ton of speculation these past eight months since Disney purchased Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise. With Disney being a mammoth entity that knows very well how to get the most mileage out of their properties — just take a look at Pixar and the Marvel Cinematic Universe — so what projects could we expect to see from a newly energized Star Wars franchise? We’ve found out about a few of those projects, from the much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, to a new animated series, to another installment in the popular Star Wars Battlefront video game franchise. But the art above raises another intriguing possibility: a team-up between Lucasfilm and Pixar, with the potential to give us some very cool, family-friendly adventures in a galaxy far, far away.
Sadly, the prospect of a Pixar-ized Star Wars is purely hypothetical at this point, but this collection of images from artist Phil Postma has us crossing our fingers that somebody at Disney will catch the unmistakable whiff of money to be made and make this happen. I mean, if you’re going to make animated Star Wars projects in the years to come — and Lucasfilm will — why not enlist the talents of the most talented animation studio out there, one that just happens to be part of your multimedia empire? In the meantime, we’ll just sit back and appreciate the awesomeness artist Phil Postma has shared with the world.
We’ve highlighted Postma’s work before. He previously gave Star Trek: The Original Series a Pixar makeover, so it makes sense that he’d go on to do the same to that other massive space franchise. I particularly love that he’s designed the Star Wars/Pixar images to look like trading cards, revisiting both individual characters and iconic moments from George Lucas’ universe. I’m just sad there isn’t one for that sliced-open tauntaun that saved Luke’s life on Hoth.
Postma isn’t limiting this project to Star Wars and Star Trek either. He’s also posted Pixar-ized versions of beloved characters from Doctor Who…
While a Disney/Pixar collaboration is just a pipe dream at this point, there is a new animated series in the works. Dubbed Star Wars: Rebels, it’s set between Episodes III and IV, when the Rebellion against the Empire is still in its early days. We recently learned that the series may focus on younger teenage characters, which likely means it will be targeting the audience still upset by the cancellation of The Clone Wars. It will premiere sometime in Fall 2014.