Studio Ghibli is workibg on their first feature-length 3DCG anime movie, Earwig and the Witch. Hayao Miyazaki will be aiding his son, Goro Miyazaki, on the movie, but he will only be part of the planning and development. As it turns out, Goro Miyazaki will be doing most of the decisions for the movie. In fact, during a press conference during a Ghibli exhibition in Aichi Prefecture, the younger Miyazaki says that he didn’t consult the “old men” at the studio at all when making the movie.
In his statement to the press, Goro says that the movie is a work that he wants to everyone to see right now, and is created by a younger staff. He also describes the heroine, Earwig/Aya, and says she’s a type of heroine that people haven’t seen in Ghibli movies until now. He says she’s a strong girl who will do everything to live how she wants to live. However, she also knows that there’s pressure involved with her, and she is weathering many hardships. But through all of this, he says that she remains positive.
As for the movie’s 3DCH nature, the director says he’s the only one at Ghibli right now who knows how to handle that method. And because of this, he was able to push the project forward without consulting anyone, even his legendary and iconic father. And speaking of whom, old Hayao himself encouraged his son to move forward with the project, according to Goro. The dirtector also said that producer Toshio Suzuki encouraged him, and the “old men” basically left him to his own devices. This led to him working on the movie with a younger staff.
Earwig and the Witch will make its debut during the Cannes Film Festval as part of their “4 Animated Films” section. It will join the Danish animated film, Flee, French animated film, Josep, and Pixar’s latest flick, Soul. The Cannes Film Festival announcement also revealed that the movie will have an 82-minute runtime.
With Goro Miyazaki at the helm, this movie will serve as Ghibli’s first full 3DCG animated feature film. And his father, the legendary Hayao Miyazaki himself, is part of its planning and development. Meanwhile, Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki is producing the movie as well.
Harper Collins publishes the novel, and here’s how they describe its story:
Not every orphan would love living at St. Morwald’s Home for Children, but Earwig does. She gets whatever she wants, whenever she wants it, and it’s been that way since she was dropped on the orphanage doorstep as a baby. But all that changes the day Bella Yaga and the Mandrake come to St. Morwald’s, disguised as foster parents. Earwig is whisked off to their mysterious house full of invisible rooms, potions, and spell books, with magic around every corner. Most children would run in terror from a house like that . . . but not Earwig. Using her own cleverness—with a lot of help from a talking cat—she decides to show the witch who’s boss.
As for its Japanese TV debut, it looks like NHK has already gotten their hands on it. They will air the movie sometime in winter 2020.
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