Studio Ghibli, The well-known Japanese animation studio behind classics like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away has spent the previous few days teasing a potential collaboration with Lucasfilm and Star Wars on its official Twitter. And there’s some proof that it could be a Child Yoda aka Grogu present based mostly on a earlier leak and a brand new tease.
If you’re studying Kotaku, I probably don’t want to clarify Studio Ghibli or Star Wars, however let’s simply fake for a second that you don’t have any concept what these items are. This may simply take a second, be affected person. Studio Ghibli is an extremely well-liked animation studio that was based in 1985 in Tokyo, Japan. Since its creation, it’s gone on to supply beloved movies, like My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Supply Service. In the meantime, Star Wars is a large sci-fi franchise that was created by George Lucas within the 70s and has since grown into one of many largest issues on the planet. Its most up-to-date present, Andor, is wonderful (and likewise stuffed with cool, however easy-to-miss Easter eggs!) And these two could be working collectively within the not-too-distant future, based mostly on latest tweets from each.
Yesterday, the official Studio Ghibli Twitter account tweeted out a short video displaying the Lucasfilm emblem and its personal emblem. That was it. But it surely was sufficient to get individuals speaking and going “Hey, what’s that each one about, then?” Shortly afterward, the official Star Wars Twitter account re-shared the teaser as effectively. This did two issues. One, it killed my hopes that the anime studio was engaged on an Indiana Jones collection, and two, it confirmed that no matter they’re collabing on includes Star Wars. Now, earlier at the moment, Studio Ghibli doubled down on the connection to the well-known galaxy, far, far-off with a follow-up post showing an image of Grogu, additionally identified on-line as Child Yoda. The official Star Wars account has since re-tweeted the picture.
This alone looks as if stable proof the studio is doing a Child Yoda brief or film or animated collection. However even earlier than at the moment’s tweet and yesterday’s tease, we knew Disney and Lucasfilm have been probably engaged on a Grogu venture of some form. That’s due to a earlier leak from the Italian Disney+ Twitter account earlier this month. That leak pointed towards a November 12 launch date, which is coincidentally tomorrow. It’s additionally the three-year anniversary of the premiere for The Mandalorian, the present the place Grogu first appeared.
All of this factors to the very actual chance that very quickly, Studio Ghibli and Lucasfilm will launch a brand new animated Star Wars brief starring Grogu. Or maybe that leaked brief has nothing to do with this venture and as an alternative, Ghibli is engaged on a phase for the following season of the Star Wars anime spin-off anthology collection, Star Wars Visions. Time will inform…