Episode 52: Earwig and the Witch (2021)

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Earwig and the Witch
Still from Studio Ghibli’s Earwig and the Witch© 2020 NHK, NEP, Studio Ghibli

This week we review Earwig and the Witch from Studio Ghibli. In the film, a headstrong orphan discovers a world of spells and potions while living with a selfish witch. As super fans of Studio Ghibli, our hosts have been waiting for this one to release. The first Ghibli film in four years and the studio’s first feature length CGI, there was a lot riding on its shoulders. While Earwig and the Witch aims to continue Studio Ghibli’s tradition of pushing the boundaries of animation and storytelling.

While the gets close, it feels unfinished. Directed by Gorô Miyazaki, written by Keiko Niwa and Emi Gunji, and produced by studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki, with planning from Hayao Miyazaki, the film is based on the novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones, the author behind the source material for Howl’s Moving Castle.

For Kate’s full review, check that out here.