Here’s everything you need to know about this exciting new project of Studio Ghibli
This is going to be the first Studio Ghibli film to be made entirely in 3D. “Aya to Majo,” (literally, “Aya and the Witch”) is by Goro Miyazaki and will air on NHK during winter 2020. The film was also named “Earwig And The Witch,” and having been selected by the Cannes Festival this year.
“Will she finally be rid of this witch and win, or will she be defeated by the witch and live the rest of her life as a slave?”
The story is based on a children’s novel “Earwig and the Witch,” by Diana Wynne Jones. The film is the first movie by Ghibli to be animated in 3D3G. The director is Goro Miyazaki, (Hayao Miyazaki’s son) through the elder Miyazaki is credited with planning the project.
We know Hayao Miyazaki’s love for cartoons, and the man has already made known his reticence about the permanence of 3D animation. This is a leap forward and a risky venture for the famous Japanese studio, renowned for the great poetry of its hand drawings.
The book tells you about a young orphan girl, named Bella Yaga, who is adopted home by a witch. The story is about a young orphan girl named Earwig who one day is chosen to be taken home by someone. Although someone is a tall, skinny witch.
Here’s what we already know about this new project. Probably everyone’s favorite character is Earwig because she is brave. Earwig’s whole life changes from the minute when Earwig enters into the witch’s spooky house. She became a slave for an ugly old witch.
What happens when Earwig starts to take her revenge?
Instead of being terrified the clever Earwig is determined to become the master of her new situation. Bella Yaga discovers the magical characteristics of her new environment.
“If Pippi Longstocking is the story of the world’s strongest girl, Aya is the story of the world’s smartest girl. Aya is cheeky but somehow cute. I hope she is loved by many types of people. By the way, I thought Aya reminded me of someone, then it turned out it was Goro himself, who was the director of the movie. When I told that to him he looked bashful.”
In the Ghibli version, her name has been changed to Aya, but the studio has not revealed the extent of other story revisions. The film is a co-production between Ghibli, NHK, and NEP (NHK Enterprises). Wynne Jones also wrote the source novel for “Howl’s Moving Castle,” 2004 animated scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
Japanese cover of the novel:
Amazon’s synopsis of the book:
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 cleverness—with a lot of help from a talking cat—she decides to show the witch who’s boss.
“Aya and the Witch” is going to be the beloved studio’s first fully 3D CG-animated film
The date of the broadcast and other details have yet to be revealed. The movie will be broadcast in the winter of 2020 on the Japanese television channel NHK. The movie was selected for the 2020 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which suggests that it will also be released in France.
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