Studio Ghibli posted a teaser video with both its and Lucasfilm’s logos, as well as a snapshot of a Grogu figure, a few days ago. We now know what those postings were implying. Studio Ghibli reportedly collaborated with the two corporations to develop a short film. Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies stars the popular alien kid from The Mandalorian who has a deep connection to the Force, as well as the “susuwatari” from Hayao Miyazaki’s animated flicks My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.
According to reports, the short film was directed by Katsuya Kondo, who is well-known for his character design work 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. Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies will be available to view on Disney+ today, November 12th, precisely three years after The Mandalorian premiered.
Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies, a hand-drawn animated Original short by Studio Ghibli.
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Grogu will return and be reunited with “Mando” in The Mandalorian’s third season after departing to train at Luke’s Jedi Temple at the conclusion of the second season. In a clip published at the company’s D23 convention in September, Disney offered fans a taste of what they might expect when the show returns early next year.