Star Trek Makes A Return To Animation After 40 Years

It’s been more than four decades since Star Trek: The Animated Series was released, featuring the voices of William Shatner as James T. Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and many more. 

In the years since the release of the show, there have been talks on producing new animated shows for the franchise, though none of it really went anywhere. Till now.

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Two new Star Trek animated shorts will be making their debut on CBS All Access’ latest round of Short Treks – The Girl Who Made The Stars and Ephraim and Dot. This news was first reported by IGN.

The Girl Who Made The Stars is written by Brandon Schultz and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi. It tells the tale of a young Michael Burnham who, after being scared of a lightning storm in space. has her father tell her a tale of a brave little girl who faced her fears head-on.

Meanwhile, Ephraim and Dot is directed by Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino, who also wrote the scores two all three of the modern Star Trek movies. It centers around Ephraim, a humble tardigrade who is minding her own business in the mycelial network before unexpected circumstances have her embarking on a journey through space.

With both shorts centered around the world in Star Trek: Discovery, it will be interesting to see how their producers use the medium of animation to further develop the lore and mythos surrounding the Star Trek universe.

Both animated shorts will be making their debut on December 12, on CBS All Access.