Earwig and the Witch is an upcoming Japanese computer-animated film, based on Diana Wynne Jones book of the same name. This 82-minute feature has its television premiere scheduled on the NHK General channel this winter. And, the Cannes Film Festival declares the film as part of its Official Selection this year.
Hayao Miyazaki, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, is planning and developing the movie. His son, Goro Miyazaki, is on board as the director of this movie. And Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghilbi’s co-founder is producing the studio’s first full 3D CG feature movie. Goro Miyazaki describes the movie as “a work I want everyone to see right now”.
Miyazaki further adds, “Nowadays, in our country, there are many adults and few children. It must be tough for these children, so few of them having to deal with so many adults.” And this led him to think of Earwig, and how she deals with the adults. He continues, “Please watch Earwig and The Witch find out. She may be cheeky, but I sincerely hope that our adorable Earwig will encourage children and cheer up adults.”
When will Earwig and the Witch release?
GKIDS is set to release the film, Earwig and the Witch in theatres in North America in early 2021.
It is scheduled for a television premiere on NHK in late 2020, and it is an official selection for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival. As of now, the premiere date is not available.
What is the plot of Earwig and the Witch?
The plot of Earwig and the Witch follows the story of young Earwig who lives in a loving orphanage. St Morwald’s Home for Children is where she resides, and everyone out there loves her. But, one fine day everything turns upside down when she is adopted by the very strange Bella Yaga, demon-attended Mandrake, and talking black cat Thomas. They are disguised as her foster parents and whisk her off to their mysterious house. The house is full of invisible rooms, potions, and spell books, with magic around every corner.
But, Earwig looks forward to learning magic from the witch who adopts her. She is not scared of the witch, unlike other children. Using her own cleverness and through the help of the talking cat, she is ready to outwit the witch.
Earwig and the Witch is the third solo feature for Goro Miyazaki after Tales From Earthsea released in 2006 and From Up On Poppy Hill in 2011. It is also the first feature animation from Japan’s Studio Ghibli in the past six years.
Feted with a Cannes 2020 selection, this new movie, Earwig and the Witch looks quite promising. The adventures of Earwig will follow the refreshing tale by Jones 2011 book. As her life takes a new turn when a strange family takes her in, Earwig will build up new exciting adventures for herself. She is not aware that her mother had magical powers, and this has passed down the genes. So, get ready to watch her come-of-age in this exciting animated ride.