First 'Star Wars: Forces of Destiny' Episodes Show Rey and Leia in Action

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 - 7:31PM
Star Wars
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 - 7:31PM
First 'Star Wars: Forces of Destiny' Episodes Show Rey and Leia in Action
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Ever since Lucasfilm was bought by Disney, a common joke has been that Princess Leia is now the coolest of the Disney princesses. Where Disney would often push their roster of female cartoon characters on little girls in an array of pink and purple dresses, Leia traveled across the galaxy with a blaster.

Someone at Lucasfilm though (it seems like it was Dave Filoni) apparently didn't get the memo that it was just a joke, because they've turned the Star Wars heroines into genuine Disney princesses in their new Forces of Destiny series - big eyed cartoons that are perfect for younger viewers without sacrificing what makes these characters so awesome.

Starting this past weekend, the shorts have started coming out on YouTube, and if Cinderella herself strolled through the background, she wouldn't look out of place in the slightest, so long as she was holding a blaster:



It's short, sweet, and a lot of fun, and for that, Lucasfilm deserves a medal. Two more of the shorts have been revealed since then – another story about Rey and BB-8, and an Endor-set tale about Leia - and once they're all out, Disney Channel will show them all on TV on July 9. 





It's perfectly easy in the modern era of cinema to make movies about male characters, that act out male power fantasies, without a single thought for what to do with the women in these stories. The original Star Wars trilogy has often been considered progressive simply for showing a princess as something more than an prize to be won, but ever since Disney got their hands on Lucasfilm, though, we've been seeing a very different kind of movie.

We've got The Force Awakens and Rogue One, two movies about female protagonists, going on adventures, making decisions, and showing leadership. Rey and Jyn Erso get stuff done, and it's wonderful for all the little girls across the world (and the boys who need to be taught to respect women) to see just what a girl can achieve. Sure, these Forces of Destiny shorts are probably just a way for Disney to sink their teeth into younger audiences at a point before they're ready for the action and violence of the Star Wars movies, but do you know what? That's totally fine.

Disney is also giving kids who aren't into frilly princess dresses the chance to see proactive female cartoon heroes in a variety of eye-catching settings and environments. For those of us with little children who already devour anything princess related, Forces of Destiny looks like an utterly perfect way to introduce the joys of Star Wars in a way that shows that little girls can do more than just sit around waiting for Prince Charming to show up and save the day.

While they'll see regular releases on YouTube this week, the Forces of Destiny special will air July 9, 2017 on Disney Channel.
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