To celebrate the third anniversary of The Mandalorian, the hand-drawn short Zen: Grogu and the Sootmen released on Disney+ over the weekend. The Star Wars project is a collaboration between Lucasfilm and Studio Ghibli was created and has been teased diligently over the past week.
First there was a cryptic video, then a mysterious image. We now know what the film is about: Grogu aka Baby Yoda encounters some Sootmen, which we already know from the Ghibli films My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. Now they are also officially part of the Star Wars universe.
Grogu and the sooty men: Already 5 months ago there was a reference to the Star Wars short film
The approximately three-minute Baby Yoda short film was designed as a surprise. However, anyone who has followed Studio Ghibli’s online presence closely will be fine a first hint in June have discovered. Back then, the official Studio Ghibli account tweeted a picture of Yoda, apparently marking the beginning of the collaboration with Lucasfilm.
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It won’t be too long before we see Grogu together with his Mando dad again. After the stopover in The Book of Boba Fett, The Mandalorian is expected to open on February 22, 2022 continue at Disney+. It could be the most epic season of the popular Star Wars series yet.
The decisive factor for this, however, is not the return of Baby Yoda. Instead, The Mandalorian season 3 awaits with the Return to Mandalore on. The home of the Mandalorians first appeared in The Clone Wars animated series. Now she’s also acting as the backdrop for a live-action project.
How did you like the Baby Yoda short film?