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The Trailer for Studio Ghibli's Long-Awaited New Movie 'Earwig and The Witch' Is Here

The new film arrives seven years after the Japanese animation house's last solo release.
By Sarah Ward
January 11, 2021
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The Trailer for Studio Ghibli's Long-Awaited New Movie 'Earwig and The Witch' Is Here

The new film arrives seven years after the Japanese animation house's last solo release.
By Sarah Ward
January 11, 2021
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There's never a bad time to watch and rewatch Studio Ghibli's gorgeous movies, because there's no such thing as a bad Studio Ghibli film. But if you've spent plenty of hours doing just that — especially in the five years since the acclaimed Japanese animation house unveiled its most recent release, the moving French co-production The Red Turtle — then you're probably hankering for a glimpse at the studio's latest work.

Called Earwig and the Witch, Studio Ghibli's newest movie is set to screen in New Zealand cinemas sometime early this year, although an exact release date hasn't yet been announced. That's clearly excellent news, especially given that seven years have passed since the animation company's last solo production, aka 2014's When Marnie Was There; however, if you're as keen as a catbus to get a peek at its latest effort as soon as you can, an English-language trailer for the film dropped over the Christmas period.

Also previously known as Aya and the Witch, the movie marks the first Studio Ghibli feature completely made using computer-generated animation. Director-wise, it's helmed by Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro Miyazaki, who previously directed Tales from Earthsea and From Up On Poppy Hill. It's also based on a novel written by British author Diana Wynne Jones, who penned the book that Howl's Moving Castle was adapted from, too.

In terms of story, Earwig and the Witch focuses on a girl at an orphanage in the British countryside. She enjoys living there, but her world changes when she's chosen to live with a couple — including, as the title makes plain, a witch. Earwig doesn't know that her own mother also had magical powers, so she's thrust into a strange new world, all while trying to do what she's always wanted: belong to a family. Also, she has a cat — and as the trailer shows, it's rather chatty.

In its English-language version, the film will feature voice work by Richard E Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Dan Stevens (Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga) and singer Kacey Musgraves, plus newcomer Taylor Paige Henderson as Earwig.

Check out the trailer below:

Earwig and the Witch will release in New Zealand cinemas sometime early in 2021 — we'll update you with an exact release date when one is announced.

Images: Madman Entertainment.

Published on January 11, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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