Studio Ghibli is creating a Star Wars short for Disney+

A hand-drawn animated short by Studio Ghibli titled Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies will stream on Disney+. A new keyframe has been released showing Grogu (who everyone simply calls Baby Yoda) in a meditative pose surrounded by floating dust bunnies. Fans of Baby Yoda and Studio Ghibli are sure to be excited about this movie!

This animated short celebrates the third anniversary of The Mandalorian. It’s made possible by the long-standing friendship between Studio Ghibli co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. It’s a testament to the power of animation and storytelling, and we’re so grateful to be able to share it with you. Thank you, Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki, and Kathleen Kennedy!

You can see the new main image here:

Main image of the animated short Zen – Grogu and the Dust Bunnies. Image credit: @starwars/Twitter

The Mandalorian is the first of the Disney+ series set in a galaxy far, far away, and it became an instant hit when its helmeted hero appeared on screen. Jon Favreau created the series and Pedro Pascal voiced “Mando” (aka Din Djarin) (and occasionally the helmetless face). The series tells the story of a lonely bounty hunter who suddenly finds himself in charge of a young boy. He soon realizes that the people who hired him to look for the young man have bad intentions. When he decides to take Grogu as his own child, he embarks on a quest to find a safe place for him. Along the way, they become friends and become family.

What is the plot of Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies?

The episode opens with Grogu in a meditative pose, with his eyes closed, and floating 30 cm off the ground. Grogu is so focused on his meditation that he doesn’t notice the dust bunnies surrounding him until one of them hits his head. Stunned, Grogu tries to get away from the dust bunnies, but they follow him wherever he goes. In the end, Grogu turns to face the pests and sees them pile on top of each other until they are on the same level with him. To Grogu’s surprise, the Dust Bunnies give Baby Yoda a large flower. This gesture seems to tempt Grogu, who shuts up and leaves.

Studio Ghibli fans may recognize Dust Bunnies from the films My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.

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