‘Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies’ is now streaming.
Studio Ghibli tweeted a teaser video with both its and Lucasfilm’s logos, as well as a snapshot of a Grogu figure, a few days ago.
And we now know what those posts were implying!
Studio Ghibli reportedly collaborated with the two corporations to develop a short film. Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies stars the beloved alien kid from The Mandalorian who has a deep connection for the Force, as well as the “susuwatari” from Hayao Miyazaki’s animated flicks My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.
According to IGN, the short film was directed by Katsuya Kondo, who is well-known for his character design for Kiki’s Delivery Service, Ponyo, Earwig, and the Witch, and a style that is closely associated with Studio Ghibli films.
It also includes music by Ludwig Göransson, who wrote the themes for The Mandalorian’s previous two seasons.
The short commemorates Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki’s lengthy friendship with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies will be available to stream on Disney+ starting from November 12th, exactly three years after The Mandalorian premiered.
A couple of days ago. the Star Wars franchise’s official Twitter account said that “Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies,” a hand-drawn animated short by Studio Ghibli, will begin streaming on the Disney+ service on Saturday at 3 a.m. EST (5:00 p.m. JST).
Ghibli teased a Lucasfilm logo, followed by Ghibli’s own logo, in a Tweet on Thursday.
This month, Kennedy, director and producer Dave Filoni (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Mandalorian), and others will visit Japan and the recently opened Ghibli Park.
In September 2021, Disney+ debuted Star Wars: Visions, an anthology of nine animated shorts from Japanese filmmakers and anime companies. The shorts were made by Trigger, Kinema Citrus, Kamikaze Douga, Science SARU, Production I.G, and Geno Studio.
Next year will see the release of “Volume 2” of Star Wars: Visions.
The volume will be released in early 2023, according to Lucasfilm personnel. Creators from the United States (particularly, California), Chile, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, South Africa, India, South Korea, and Japan are collaborating on the project, according to the teaser.
In 2020, HBO Max began streaming Studio Ghibli films.
In January 2020, Netflix, in collaboration with Wild Bunch International, began streaming Studio Ghibli films worldwide, with the exception of the United States, Canada, and Japan.
In June 2020, Netflix released the films in Canada.
In North America, GKIDS has distributed Studio Ghibli films on home video. The films are also regularly shown in North American theaters by the distributor.
About Studio Ghibli
Headquartered in Tokyo, Studio Ghibli is a well-known Japanese animation film studio formed in 1985 by animators and filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki and Takahata Isao, as well as producer Suzuki Toshio.
Studio Ghibli is well-known for its high-quality filmmaking and artwork. Its feature films received both critical and popular acclaim, influencing other animation studios.
Miyazaki’s second feature film, Kaze no tani no Naushika (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind), was released in 1984 and was based on his own successful manga strip. The following year, Miyazaki, Takahata, and Suzuki founded Studio Ghibli.
The first official Studio Ghibli release was Tenkū no shiro Rapyuta (1986; Castle in the Sky).
Most of the films produced by Studio Ghibli were written and directed by Miyazaki and include, in addition to the aforementioned, Tonari no Totoro (1988; My Neighbor Totoro), Majo no takkyūbin (1989; Kiki’s Delivery Service), and Kurenai no buta (1992; Porco Rosso).
Miyazaki did not allow his films to be distributed in the West for many years after Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind was improperly altered for release in the United States under the title Warriors of the Wind (1986).
However, in 1996, a contract was struck that allowed Walt Disney Studios to distribute Studio Ghibli films, with the stipulation that no film editing would take place. The next year, Studio Ghibli released Miyazaki’s smash hit Mononoke-hime (Princess Mononoke).
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001; Spirited Away), the studio’s best-known film, won multiple prizes, including the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival and the Academy Award for best animated feature in 2003.
Later films included Hauru no ugoku shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle) in 2004, Gake no ue no Ponyo (Ponyo) in 2008, Kaze tachinu (The Wind Rises) in 2013, and Kaguyahime no monogatari in 2014. (2013; The Tale of the Princess Kaguya).