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 may be a Child Yoda aka Grogu present based mostly on a earlier leak and a brand new tease.
If you’re studying Kotaku, I possible don’t want to elucidate Studio Ghibli or Star Wars, however let’s simply faux for a second that you don’t have any thought what this stuff are. This can simply take a second, be affected person. Studio Ghibli is an extremely common 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 crammed with cool, however easy-to-miss Easter eggs!) And these two may 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 brief video displaying the Lucasfilm emblem and its personal emblem. That was it. However it was sufficient to get folks speaking and going “Hey, what’s that each one about, then?” Shortly afterward, the official Star Wars Twitter account re-shared the teaser as nicely. 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 in the present day, Studio Ghibli doubled down on the connection to the well-known galaxy, far, far-off with a follow-up publish displaying a picture of Grogu, additionally recognized on-line as Child Yoda. The official Star Wars account has since re-tweeted the picture.
This alone seems like solid evidence the studio is doing a Baby Yoda short or movie or animated series. But even before today’s tweet and yesterday’s tease, we knew Disney and Lucasfilm were likely working on a Grogu project of some kind. That’s thanks 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 risk 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 a substitute, Ghibli is engaged on a section for the following season of the Star Wars anime spin-off anthology collection, Star Wars Visions. Time will inform…