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Studio Ghibli-Lucasfilm Project Confimed As ‘Zen’ Animated Short – Deadline

UPDATED, 4:15 p.m.: Studio Ghibli set the web abuzz on Thursday when it hinted at a collaboration with Lucasfilm. And now, Disney+ has given the project a reputation — that being Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies.

Zen is an authentic, animated quick directed for the streaming service by Katsuya Kondo, which shall be launched this Saturday, November 12, as each Disney+ and its acclaimed Star Wars collection The Mandalorian have a good time their third anniversary. The movie’s protagonist is Grogu, the breakout Mandalorian character recognized to many as Baby Yoda.

The hand-drawn piece will characteristic music by the present’s Oscar- and Emmy-winning composer, Ludwig Göransson, who most not too long ago penned the rating for Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Take a have a look at the poster for Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies beneath.

PREVIOUSLY, NOVEMBER 10: Studio Ghibli took to Twitter on Thursday to trace at a collaboration with Lucasfilm.

It’s not but clear what the project is, what medium it’s in or who’s concerned. The revered Japanese animation studio’s video publish merely flashed its personal brand alongside that of the famed Disney subsidiary, and the latter studio couldn’t be reached for remark this morning.

But the notion of one thing main stemming from the enigmatic message was given some weight when it was retweeted by Walt Disney Pictures’ President of Marketing Asad Ayaz, in a publish which you’ll view beneath.

Founded in 1985 by filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli is the Oscar-winning company behind such traditional movies as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, amongst many others. The company most not too long ago launched the Gorō Miyazaki-directed fantasy Earwig and the Witch, primarily based on the novel of the identical identify by Diana Wynne Jones, again in 2020.

Lucasfilm is, after all, the long-lasting manufacturing company based by George Lucas in 1971, which is finest recognized for its work on the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. The company notably partnered with seven anime studios only recently on its anthology collection Star Wars: Visions. Other current releases embody the collection Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor.

Lucasfilm will launch the collection Willow, primarily based on its traditional 1988 movie of the identical identify, on Disney+ on November 30. Also arising for the company is the fifth Indiana Jones movie, directed by James Mangold, which is slated for launch on June 30, 2023.

Studio Ghibli’s Twitter tease, and Ayaz’ retweet, might be seen beneath.

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