‘Star Wars,’ Studio Ghibli Collaborate on Baby Yoda Animated Short

Lucasfilm and Studio Ghibli have joined forces for the animated brief movie “Zen – Grogu and Mud Bunnies,” marking one of the crucial auspicious — and cute — artistic partnerships for both entity.

The hand-drawn brief movie, which is able to debut on Nov. 12 on Disney+, brings collectively the cute alien youngster Grogu from “The Mandalorian” and the anthropomorphized coal mud bunnies from Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning masterpiece “Spirited Away.”

Studio Ghibli despatched followers right into a tizzy with a sequence of tweets teasing the collaboration, first of a video of the Lucasfilm and Ghibli logos, then of a photograph of a Grogu figurine with Miyazaki sitting out of focus within the background.

Disney lastly confirmed the collaboration in a tweet on Friday night, however no additional details about the mission has been launched.

This isn’t the primary time Lucasfilm has partnered with an anime studio. Beginning in 2020, Lucasfilm recruited animation studios in Japan to create 9 brief movies for its “Star Wars: Visions” anthology sequence for Disney+, which allowed every studio to craft any narrative it needed inside the “Star Wars” universe. Season 1 premiered in September 2021, and Season 2 — which branches out past Japan to studios in Africa, Europe and India — is anticipated to debut subsequent spring.

The information of Ghibli’s partnership with Lucasfilm comes the identical month the corporate opened a theme park in central Japan devoted to the works of Miyazaki, the studio’s co-founder and most acclaimed filmmaker. Not like most parks, guests can discover places designed to evoke Miyazaki’s animated options, just like the Catbus from 1988’s “My Neighbor Totoro.” Tickets are by reservation solely and at the moment solely accessible for home guests.

After retiring in 2013 with “The Wind Rises,” Miyazaki returned to Ghibli for his twelfth animated function, “How Do You Reside?”, impressed by a 1937 Japanese novel by Yoshino Genzaburo. The studio has not introduced when the movie can be launched, however its president, Koji Hoshino, reportedly introduced throughout an October 2022 press convention for the Ghibli Park that “How Do You Reside?” was “nearing completion.”