Studio Ghibli, The well-known Japanese animation studio behind classics like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away has spent the previous few days teasing a attainable collaboration with Lucasfilm and Star Wars on its official Twitter. And there’s some proof that it is likely to be a Child Yoda aka Grogu present based mostly on a earlier leak and a brand new tease.
In case you are studying Kotaku, I doubtless don’t want to elucidate Studio Ghibli or Star Wars, however let’s simply fake for a second that you haven’t any thought what these items are. It will simply take a second, be affected person. Studio Ghibli is an extremely in style animation studio that was based in 1985 in Tokyo, Japan. Since its creation, it’s gone on to provide 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 greatest issues on the planet. Its most up-to-date present, Andor, is superb (and likewise full of cool, however easy-to-miss Easter eggs!) And these two is likely to be working collectively within the not-too-distant future, based mostly on current tweets from each.
Yesterday, the official Studio Ghibli Twitter account tweeted out a short video exhibiting the Lucasfilm emblem and its personal emblem. That was it. However it was sufficient to get folks speaking and going “Hey, what’s that every one about, then?” Shortly afterward, the official Star Wars Twitter account re-shared the teaser as properly. 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 right now, Studio Ghibli doubled down on the connection to the well-known galaxy, far, distant with a follow-up post showing an image of Grogu, additionally recognized on-line as Child Yoda. The official Star Wars account has since re-tweeted the picture.
This alone looks like stable proof the studio is doing a Child Yoda quick or film or animated collection. However even earlier than right now’s tweet and yesterday’s tease, we knew Disney and Lucasfilm had been doubtless engaged on a Grogu challenge of some sort. That’s because of 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 quick starring Grogu. Or maybe that leaked quick has nothing to do with this challenge and as an alternative, Ghibli is engaged on a section for the subsequent season of the Star Wars anime spin-off anthology collection, Star Wars Visions. Time will inform…