When Studio Ghibli, the maker of acclaimed anime films like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and more, tweeted the Lucasfilm logo yesterday, people lost their minds wondering what it might be. Now Ghibli has issued an even more intriguing tease, and I expect everyone will be losing their minds even harder.
It’s just a photo of a Grogu figurine, with a blurry figure sitting behind it. It might be cut off here, but if you click through to the tweet itself, that person is definitely legendary anime movie maker Hayao Miyazaki, which indicates the thing everyone hoped would be happening yesterday will indeed be happening—Miyazaki, often called the Walt Disney of Japan for his ability to make wonderful, meaningful movies for kids that adults can enjoy as well, will be making a Star Wars movie of some kind.
This is, to my estimation, a literal miracle. Are more teases coming later? We’ll have to wait and see.
Update, November 11, 7:00 p.m.: And there you have it: Studio Ghibli’s hand-drawn animated short Zen - Grogu and Dust Bunnies hits Disney+ tomorrow. Just when you thought Grogu couldn’t get any cuter, here comes this guy:
The short is timed to celebrate the third anniversary of The Mandalorian premiere, according to a Disney press release: “Disney+ shared a special surprise today for fans of Lucasfilm’s The Mandalorian. A new, original short, Zen - Grogu and Dust Bunnies, from famed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, will premiere on November 12, exclusively on Disney+ in celebration of the third anniversary of the streaming service and the debut of popular Star Wars series The Mandalorian. The hand-drawn, animated short is directed by Katsuya Kondo with music by Ludwig Göransson.”
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