The Marvel Cinematic Universe's second animated anthology series of short films launched last year, is one of Disney's best achievements since the Mouse House acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. So it's no surprise that the company has quickly set out to develop another animated anthology called Tales of the Jedi, which, despite its instantly recognizable name, has nothing to do with the now non-canon 90s comic book series of the same name.
Instead, this Tales of the Jedi examines famous Jedi from the Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars, such as Ahsoka Tano, Count Dooku, Mace Windu, and Qui-Gon Jinn. Each episode tells a 15-minute short story that fills in gaps about each character's history.
Dave Filoni, executive producer and animation veteran at the D23 studio showcase, gave the teaser for the animated series, which features the same CG animation as The Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Bad Batch.
The major ticket item here is Count Dooku's time as the future Sith lords padawan. In one shot, Qui-Gon attempts to stop his master from killing someone, only to be pushed aside by Dooku. In another, Master Windu tells Dooku to stand down before decapitating an enemy with his lightsaber.
Later in the teaser, long-time Dooku actor Corey Burton explains why he left the Order because he believed they now served a corrupt Republic, one heavily influenced by the dark side. Of course, Dooku ends up serving the very evil he warned against, becoming Darth Sidious apprentice and helping him execute his plans.
Lucasfilm has also hidden an even larger teaser related to the Prequel Trilogy in these Dooku segments of the Tales of the Jedi teaser. At about 1:25, we get a series of blink-and-youll-miss-it clips of Dooku duoling none other than Jedi Master Yaddle.
Why is this so important? It may help us understand what happened to Yaddle following the events of The Phantom Menace.
Yaddle disappeared after her big screen debut, never to be seen or mentioned again in the Prequel Trilogy, despite her being prominent during the Jedi Council moments in Episode I and being introduced as the only known successor to legendary Master Yoda. Just go back and watch the Jedi Temple scenes in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Yaddle is nowhere to be found.
It's reasonable to assume that the tense response to The Phantom Menace motivated George Lucas to alter a lot of things for his other two Prequel films, such as incorporating a CGI character for Yoda in Attack of the Clones rather than using the off-putting puppet from Episode I. Or maybe Lucas decided that animating two Yodas in the same film was too costly after the fact?
Fans know even less about what happened to Yaddle in the original Prequels, as revealed in the Ultimate Star Wars Reference Book (via Wookieepedia) but not what happened to her after.
It's possible that Tales of the Jedi will be useful. Since the Yaddle and Dookus duel hasnt grayed yet still wields a blue Jedi lightsaber, is it possible that this is the moment the Count truly falls to the dark side? And may Yaddle end up being his first victim?
Find out when Tales of the Jedi will be released on Disney+ on October 26.