With its latest feature film, Earwig and Witch, Studio Ghibli will become synonymous with computer-generated art style.
Why should the U.S. and Japan have all the fun?
On November 18, Netflix will make Earwig and the Witch, Studio Ghibli’s first CG anime feature, available to users outside of the United States and Japan.
If you’re wondering why Netflix decided to broadcast this family animation, it’s because 55 million households have seen a Ghibli film on Netflix since last year. Clearly, everyone can use a little Ghibli magic.
Earwig and the Witch, directed by Goro Miyazaki and based on Diana Wynne Jones’s story, is certain to entrap us in a youthful enchantment.
A mischievous little orphan named Earwig is introduced in the trailer. Her tale begins when she is adopted by an odd couple.
We’re sure Earwig never imagined a life filled with potions, spellbooks, and a talking cat!
Earwig decides to pursue witchcraft after striking a deal with her adoptive mother, who happens to be a witch.
Will the rebel be able to settle down in her magical home while adhering to the one rule she’s meant to follow? What follows is exactly what you’d expect from a Ghibli film.
The Ghibli charm is undeniably present in this film, even if the classic art style is absent, as revealed by the trailer.
This fantasy film was broadcast on Japanese television by NHK General on December 30, 2020. Due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic, it was released in theatres on August 27, 2021.
People outside of the United States and Japan can now immerse themselves in the magical world of Earwig and the Witch, thanks to Netflix.
About Earwig and the Witch
The original novel, written by Diana Wynne Jones, was published by HarperCollins in 2011. The story follows Earwig (Aya in the Japanese version), who enjoys living in St. Morwald’s Home for Children. She was dropped by the orphanage’s doorstep as a baby and was well looked after.
One day she gets adopted by a strange couple, who locks her in a mysterious house with magic in every corner of it. She decides to break free from the house, teaching a lesson to the evil witch.