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Studio Ghibli and Lucasfilm Teased a Collaboration and We Need To Know More!

Ponyo and Sosuke having a steaming hot bowl of ramen

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What if I told you that there’s a shiny beacon of light amid all the doom and gloom?

Well, here it is: There might be a Studio Ghibli and Lucasfilm collaboration. Yeah, you read that right. The two icon movie studios are joining forces to save the internet. Okay, maybe not that far. 

Fans of both studios have been drooling since Studio Ghibli tweeted on November 11, releasing a 15-second video that has rocked fandoms to their very core.

Hayao Miyazaki, the mastermind behind Studio Ghibli, has created the movies Spirited Away, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, Tales from Earthsea, and so many more. These iconic movies have a breathtaking signature style and gut-wrenching storytelling that has moved a generation. 

San with blood smeared over her face with Moro in the background

Lucasfilm introduced mainstream audiences to Space Operas via Star Wars and created iconic characters like Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess/Senator Leia, and so many more. This series has such a voracious fanbase, its fanfiction has been adapted into traditionally published novels. 

Both Studio Ghibli and Lucasfilms were acquired by the massive media conglomerate Disney—whose goal is to own the rights to all visual storytelling. While the prospect of a media monopoly creating all of our TV and movies sounds awful (for art’s sake), it does mean that the red tape usually around projects involving two large studios is no longer an issue.

Hopefully, this project will be animated featuring Studio Ghibli’s signature style. We’ve already seen how the creative anthology project Star Wars: Visions was able to explore the Star Wars universe in a fun, low-stakes way, with stories from seven Japanese animation studios. Will we see some characters from the TV series return? 

When asked for comment by Gizmodo, Lucasfilm simply said, “all will be revealed soon.”

(via Studio Ghibli, featured image: Ponyo and Sosuke)

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A. Mana Nava
Nava was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, they edit economic textbooks by day and write geeky articles for the internet in the evenings. They currently exist on unceded Lenape land aka Brooklyn. (Filipine/a Mexican American)

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