‘Earwig and the Witch’ to join Netflix’s Studio Ghibli film catalogue

The film is the first time Studio Ghibli used 3D CGI animation.

Charlotte Chang

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Published: 15 October 2021, 12:38 PM

Earwig and the Witch, Studio Ghibli’s first 3D CGI film, will become the latest edition to Netflix’s Studio Ghibli catalogue on Nov 18.

Directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of the renowned founder of Studio Ghibli Hayao Miyazaki, the film is based on a novel of the same name. 

It was written by Diana Wynne Jones, who Ghibli fans may recognise as the author of Howl’s Moving Castle, another critically acclaimed Ghibli classic.

Like the other Ghibli films, Earwig and the Witch is nothing short of quirky antics and whimsical entertainment.

The film follows Earwig, a boisterous young girl left behind at an orphanage by her mother. Despite her circumstances, Earwig is happy at the orphanage with her friends, where she never has to do anything she doesn’t want to. 

She was eventually adopted by a mysterious couple, Bella Yaga and Mandrake, and Earwig eventually picks up magic – facing troubles and challenges along the way. 

Since 2020, Netflix has added 22 Studio Ghibli films to their streaming service. The streaming service hopes that it will “bring a fresh perspective” to the popular Ghibli films, Director of Animation Film at Netflix Aram Yacoubian said.

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