‘Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi’ demonstrates that animation is still a creative force in Lucasfilm’s galaxy.

For some time, animation has been the creative driving force behind the “Star Wars” universe, a fact highlighted by how live-action series Lucasfilm has produced for Disney+ have drawn on those shows. That relationship continues with “Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi,” an animated anthology that allows us to flesh out the stories of minor but well-known lightsaber wielders.

It’s no surprise that this latest addition to the mythology is produced by Dave Filoni. He oversaw series like “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels” before channeling his fertile mind for all things “Star Wars” into “The Mandalorian” and other live-action fares.

Granted, the criticism leveled at these productions is that they serve as a kind of super-service to “Star Wars” fans, rekindling old flames and comfortably submerging them in the past, whereas Lucasfilm has been relatively cautious in terms of lighting new sparks.

It’s a fair criticism, but it’s somewhat unrelated to the question at hand here. Because if you accept that “Star Wars” will engage in what is mockingly referred to as “fan service,” then do it as well and as slickly as this.

“Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi” premieres on Disney+ on October 26.

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