We now get a first look at Studio Ghibli’s first CG movie titled Aya and the Witch, following its recent announcement.
The movie that’s based on the novel entitled Earwig and the Witch, by the late Diana Wynne Jones (author of the source novel for Howl’s Moving Castle), is certainly a departure from the studio’s traditional visual style, but nevertheless shares some similarities in character elements. The film follows an orphan girl named Aya after she has been adopted by a witch and taken to her new unsettling home.
Miyazaki is team up with his son Goro once again for the director roles, along with Toshio Suzuki, Ghibli’s famed producer who will be overseeing the project. The release date is set for this winter but will premiere on Japanese television channel NHK, with no theatrical release. It’s still unclear how the studio’s first CG movie will be released internationally, so take a look at some of the snaps down below.