Japanese audiences will watch the first CG movie from Studio Ghibli, Earwig and the Witch, This month. The movie is an adaptation of Dianna Wynne Jones’s book, and North American fans will watch this film next year. Check out this new trailer for the film for a sneak peek.
Most orphanages are horrible, but Earwig has a surprising amount of power over everyone at St Morwald’s Home for Children, and loves it there. The last thing she wants is to be adopted by the very strange Bella Yaga, demon-attended Mandrake, and talking black cat Thomas. Earwig wants to learn magic, but will need all her ingenuity and help from a familiar to survive. Expressive big eyes, twisty mouths, on stick figures flesh out the characters, action, and ravens and spiders adorn the margins.
The animation oddly enough looks a little older, but it definitely looks like what would happen if you took a Studio Ghibli film and made it CG. It also felt like it took some inspiration from Coraline. Maybe it’s just the demon/father figure character looking like the Other Father, but man, I do see an influence.
— Catsuka (@catsuka) December 1, 2020