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Studio Ghibli and Lucasfilm’s secret Star Wars project is a hand-drawn short featuring Grogu

  • The highly anticipated collaboration between Studio Ghibli and Lucasfilm dropped in the form of a short featuring Star Wars’ Grogu, aka Baby Yoda from “The Mandalorian.”
  • The short, titled “Zen – Grogu and the Dust Bunnies,” was released on Disney Plus on Saturday.
  • In the short, Grogu can be seen interacting with the susuwatari, or “soot sprites,” from Ghibli films “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro.”
  • The project, which was directed by Katsuya Kondō, was reportedly released to celebrate the three-year anniversary of “The Mandalorian.”
  • Studio Ghibli teased the upcoming collaboration twice this week.
  • On Thursday, the Japanese animation company tweeted a mysterious video teaser, and on Friday, the company tweeted a photo of a figurine of Grogu in front of an out-of-focus individual who appears to be Miyazaki.

The highly anticipated collaboration between Studio Ghibli and Lucasfilm dropped on Saturday in the form of a short featuring Star Wars’ Grogu, aka Baby Yoda from “The Mandalorian.”

The short, titled “Zen – Grogu and the Dust Bunnies,” was released on Disney Plus. In the short, which the official Star Wars Twitter account describes as “a hand-drawn animated Original short by Studio Ghibli,” Grogu can be seen interacting with the susuwatari, or “soot sprites,” from Ghibli films “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro.”

Studio Ghibli and Lucasfilm join forces for new mystery project

  • Studio Ghibli released a teaser on Twitter to announce a brand new project with Lucasfilm.
  • The video only showed the Studio Ghibli and Lucasfilm logos with no background music.
  • The studio partnered with seven Japanese animation studios, including Studio Trigger and Kamikaze Douga, for the first season of the 2021 Disney Plus anthology series “Star Wars: Visions” to give nine short films set in the “Star Wars” universe anime aesthetics.
  • A release date for the second season has yet to be finalized.

Studio Ghibli, best known for films such as “Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Ponyo,” released a teaser to announce a brand new project with Lucasfilm, the studio behind “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones.”

The Japanese animation company tweeted the mysterious video teaser on Thursday, only showing the Studio Ghibli and Lucasfilm logos with no background music.

Stunned fans spot ‘Hayao Miyazaki’ strolling around Ghibli Park in news report

  • Izumi Pao, a Hayao Miyazaki impersonator for over 15 years, became an instant celebrity at Ghibli Park during its opening day on Nov. 1.
  • Ghibli fans watching local news coverage of the opening were perplexed after the long-time Miyazaki impersonator was shown walking around the park.
  • The park was announced in 2017, and construction began in 2020.

A Hayao Miyazaki impersonator has left many fans scratching their heads after local news coverage of the recently opened Ghibli Park showed him walking around the park last week.

The long-time impersonator, later identified as Izumi Pao on Twitter, was briefly spotted by TBS News Dig outside the Grand Warehouse entrance on Nov. 1, the park’s opening day.

Ghibli Park releases illustrated guide that advises visitors to bring their trash home with them

  • Ahead of its opening on Nov. 1, Ghibli Park encouraged visitors to print their illustrated “Big Stroll” visitor guide, which details what guests can expect from the theme park and what they should bring. 
  • The guide includes a hand-drawn map as well as a page that lists recommended attire and items for visitors to bring for both hot and cold days.
  • It also emphasizes the fact that there are no trash cans in the park. Visitors are asked to bring their trash home with them. 
  • Starting next week, visitors can take a stroll around the theme park’s first attractions, including the Grand Warehouse, the Hill of Youth and Dondoko Forest.

Ghibli Park has released a printable “Big Stroll” visitor guide that says there are no trash cans in the theme park. 

Ahead of its opening on Nov. 1, Ghibli Park encouraged visitors to print the illustrated guide on an A4 paper and fold it in four. The guide details what visitors can expect from the theme park and what they should bring. 

Tickets for Ghibli Park in Japan now on sale

  • Studio Ghibli fans can now purchase tickets for the new Ghibli Park in Japan.
  • The theme park will feature attractions and exhibits from various Studio Ghibli films, including “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Kiki’s Delivery Service.”
  • Ghibli Park is located in Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park.
  • Three of the five planned areas will be ready by the park’s scheduled opening in November.

Tickets for the grand opening of Japan’s Ghibli Park in November are now available for purchase.

The tickets can be purchased through Ghibli Park’s official website. Tickets may not be purchased on the day of the park’s opening, Nov. 1, so reservations will be required. Admission fees for each area of the park are listed on the website as well.

Teaser released for upcoming live-action adaptation of Studio Ghibli film ‘Whisper of the Heart’

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  • A teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the 1995 Studio Ghibli film “Whisper of the Heart'' was released on Tuesday.
  • Announced in early 2020 the film is expected to be released on Oct. 14 in Japan.
  • Directed and written by Yuuichirou Hirakawa, who previously directed the live-action adaption of “The Promised Neverland” (2020), the upcoming film also stars actors Runa Yasuhara and Tsubasa Nakagawa.
  • The live-action adaptation will take place 10 years after the original animated film and will continue to follow the characters Seiji and Shizuku through past and future stories

A teaser trailer was released on April 12 for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the 1995 Studio Ghibli film “Whisper of the Heart.”

In addition to the teaser, the studio also revealed visual posters of characters Seiji and Shizuku as adults and as middle-school students.

Fans Have a Dark Theory Behind the Story of Totoro

Does your Totoro plushy look a bit shabby as of late? Maybe the reason is because it’s been 30 years since the lovable forest spirit hit the anime scene thanks to Hayao Miyazaki and the Studio Ghibli team.

Released in 1988, “My Neighbor Totoro,” the film about an enigmatic yet cuddly forest spirit who watches over the young and innocent protagonist sisters Satsuki and Mei, feels as timeless as ever, with countless enthusiasts of the classic animated feature all over the world.