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‘Star Wars’ and Studio Ghibli Collaborate on Disney+ Grogu Short Film

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A few days ago, Studio Ghibli tweeted a teaser video featuring both the Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm logos, as well as a photo of a Grogu figurine. Now we know what those messages refer to. Apparently, the two companies teamed up to create a short film, hand-drawn by Studio Ghibli. It has the title Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunniesstarring the beloved alien toddler from The Mandalorian with a strong affinity for the Force and the “susuwatari” from Hayao Miyazaki’s animated films My neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.

According to IGN, the short film was directed by Katsuya Kondo, who is known for his character design and style closely associated with Studio Ghibli’s films. It also features music by Ludwig Göransson, who wrote the scores for the previous two seasons of The Mandalorian. Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnieswill be available for streaming on Disney+ today, November 12, exactly three years later The Mandalorian debuted.

Grogu returns and reunites with “Mando” in the third season of The Mandalorian after leaving to train at Luke’s Jedi Temple towards the end of the second season. Disney gave fans a glimpse of what to expect when the show returns sometime next year in a trailer released during the company’s D23 expo in September.

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