Studio Ghibli – animator Hayao Miyazaki’s home with many of his most famous creations – sparked a firestorm of social media speculation with a single wordless tweet.
It contains a 15 second clip of the Studio Ghibli logo and the logo of Lucasfilm, the home of star wars and IndianaJones.
The clip would appear to suggest some sort of collaboration between the two companies, though we have no idea at this point what that might entail. It could be a movie or a TV show. It could be a famous Lucasfilm property like, for example, Darth Vader, in a project animated by Studio Ghibli. Or maybe it could mean a live-action version of a famous Ghibli cartoon like My Neighbor Totoro, with digital effects by Industrial Light and Magic. Or maybe it could be a hybrid of the two, or even an entirely new concept co-created by artists from both places.
Lucasfilm is of course no stranger to animation; they released many anime tv shows like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: The Bad Batch. They have also released two animated feature films: the original clone wars film that preceded the animated series and strange magic, a very curious musical about the fairies of the woods. (If you’ve never seen it, well, at least half of the title is accurate.) But their animated content is generally 3D computer animation, while Studio Ghibli remains one of the standard bearers of the more traditional 2D animation.
Whatever this collaboration is, it comes from an intriguing mix of studios. As long as it’s not an animated film Radioland Murdersconsider us wildly excited.
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