Last year we shared the news that Shigeru Miyamoto was overseeing a series of animated Pikmin short films, with the legendary game designer explaining that his origins in four-panel comics and passion for the franchise had brought the project to reality. They were initially planned to arrive in some form with the game, but that didn't happen.
It seems that they've taken a fair amount of time to bloom, but it's now been confirmed that three of these animations will be premièred at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October. They'll be titled The Night Juicer, Treasures In A Bottle and Occupational Hazards, and the first appears to be the concept described by Shigeru Miyamoto in 2013. It begins with Captain Olimar blending an object — resembling a red Pikmin — into a juice and drinking it, though thankfully it turns out to be a carrot; below is what Miyamoto-san said when first revealing the project.
When Olimar first discovered the Pikmin he named them based on the PikPik brand carrots in his home world, so he clearly loves carrots. I thought it would be fun to have a scenario where it seems like he is going to eat the Pikmin. So it's kind of dark, but he doesn't eat them.
Shigeru Miyamoto will give a presentation alongside the CEO of Dwango, the Japanese media company that owns NicoNico, of which Nintendo owns shares.
We'd expect these films to be made available in the not-too-distant future, presumably on the Wii U and 3DS eShop platforms alongside any other streaming services. Are you looking forward to watching them?