Studio Ghibli and Lucasfilm, the Star Wars studio, will release today, November 12, Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies (without confirming its Spanish translation), an original hand-drawn animated short, on Disney+.
This announcement appears to be the culmination of a tease by Studio Ghibli that the legendary Japanese animation studio would be collaborating with Lucasfilm on some project.
This new and original short will premiere exclusively on Disney + on the third anniversary of the premiere of The Mandalorianand is directed by Katsuya Kondo and features music by Ludwig Göransson.
— Disney+ (@DisneyPlus) November 12, 2022
Grogu, or Baby Yoda as he is affectionately called, first appeared in The Mandalorian and has taken the galaxy by storm ever since. Dust bunnies, meanwhile, appear in Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. In Japanese they are known as susuwatari, or wandering soot.
On November 10, Studio Ghibli tweeted a short video with Lucasfilm’s logo followed by its own, leading the internet to believe that these two worlds would soon collide in spectacular fashion. Studio Ghibli went on to announce these collaborations in the hours that followed, including a which featured a statue of Grogu with a blurred Hayao Miyazaki in the background.
Studio Ghibli, founded in 1985 by Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki and Isao Takahata, is the studio behind such beloved projects as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke.
Lucasfilm, founded by George Lucas in 1971, is the company that now belongs to Disney and is responsible for franchises such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Willow, among others.
Here you can take a look at the next Star Wars projects that are to come.