It looks like a legendary collaboration is officially in the works — in which the beloved Studio Ghibli may be poised to enter hyperspace to explore new worlds in a galaxy far, far away.
Studio Ghibli shared a brief teaser video this morning featuring the Lucasfilm logo. No further details have been released about what exactly is in store for this collaboration (or if it will even be related to Star Wars, given that there are also other franchises other Lucasfilm’s banner). However, as we await further details in the interim, we can only hope this means that we’ll finally see a mashup between Ghibli’s brilliant, whimsical art and animation and the rich, fantastical Star Wars universe.
Lucasfilm is an American film and production company founded by George Lucas in 1971, known for creating and producing the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. Following Disney’s acquisition of the company in 2012, the studio has released and is still currently working on a wide, varied slate of new and upcoming content.
Founded in 1985 by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, the renowned Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli has produced over twenty feature-length films, most of which topped the box office in Japan during the year that they premiered. The Academy Award-winning 2001 film Spirited Away held the title of the highest-grossing film in Japan up until 2020. With an array of award nominations and critical acclaim under its belt, the studio is also responsible for other notable titles such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Howl’s Moving Castle. Miyazaki’s final film with Studio Ghibli, How Do You Live?, is currently in the works.
Lucasfilm’s first formal venture into the world of anime, Star Wars: Visions, landed on Disney+ last year with a nine-episode anthology series that showcased the work of seven different Japanese animation studios. It was confirmed this year during Star Wars Celebration that Visions will return in 2023 with a second season.
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Stay tuned for more news about this upcoming Studio Ghibli and Lucasfilm collaboration.