Star Wars Just Crossed Over With The Greatest Animated Kids Movies Of All Time

Baby Yoda has befriended the Soot Gremlins and the world will never be the same. In Studio Ghibli movies My Neighbor Totoro and Taken away as if by magicadorable little creations called “Susuwatari” but translated as “Soot Gremlins,” “Soot Sprites,” and “Dust Bunnies,” play memorable roles in both movies. In My Neighbor Totoro (#3 on paternal best kids movies of all time) you see the Soot Gremlins before you even see Totoro, and Joe Hisaishi’s composition “Mei and the Dust Bunnies”, is one of the most whimsical and brilliantly definitive aspects of the movie.

And now the fantasy world of Studio Ghibli has literally crossed the Star Wars galaxy. On the occasion of the third anniversary of The MandalorianDisney+ has just released a surprise 3-minute animated short called “Zen – Grogu and the Dust Bunnies”.

In short, Baby Yoda (Grogu) is awakened by the Soot Gremlins, first startled, then given a giant flower. It’s simple and beautiful and really makes you wonder why we’re not getting a full Studio Ghibli Baby Yoda movie. Although the Star Wars franchise has partnered with several famous animation studios for the animated anthology Star Wars: Visions, Studio Ghibli was not part of this project.

Could ‘Grogu and the Dust Bunnies’ Lead to a Bigger Studio Ghibli Collaboration with Lucasfilm? We can only hope.

Grogu encounters the Soot Sprites.


Where to stream “Zen – Grogu and the Dust Bunnies”

The new animated short from Lucasfilm and Studio Ghibli airs on Disney+.

My Neighbor Totoro and Taken away as if by magicwhich also feature the “Dust Bunnies”, both of which air on HBOMax.

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