Japan’s Studio Ghibli is taking its first step into the world of CG with the debut of Earwig and the Witch, the legendary studio’s first CG feature film that will air on NHK General on December 30.
The 82-minute film is directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki, and it’s based on a 2011 novel of the same name by English author Diana Wynne Jones. The novel follows the adventures of an orphan named Earwig, who finds herself loving life at St. Morwald’s Home for Children. One day, Bella Yaga and Mandrake come disguised as foster parents, bringing Earwig back to their mysterious, magical house full of invisible rooms, spell books, and potions. Undeterred by this new environment, Earwig decides to “show the witch who’s boss.”
Earwig and the Witch will see its debut in North American theatres in early 2021. Head over to NHK to watch the trailer.