Netflix announced that the movie Earwig and the witch (Āya to Majo) the next one will come November 18th to its catalog globally, with the exception of the United States, Taiwan and Japan. Directed by Gorō Miyazaki (Tales of Earthsea; Poppy hill), this is the first production of Studio Ghibli made entirely with 3DCG animation.
The 82-minute long film first premiered on December 30, 2020 on the Japanese network NHK; The film had a commercial run from August 27, 2021 in Japanese cinemas. As a curiosity, Earwig and the witch entry by mistake on September 1 to the Netflix catalog in Latin America, although it was withdrawn a few hours later.
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Earwig and the witch follows the story of an orphan girl who had no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life takes a turn when a strange family adopts her and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. The production is based on the novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones, a British author whose works had previously been adapted by Studio Ghibli with Howl’s Moving Castle.
Gorō Miyazaki’s third film featured the participation of much of the staff with which he worked in Poppy hill, including a script co-written by Keiko Niwa and Emi Gunji; character designs by Katsuya Kondō and music composed by Satoshi Takebe. Yukinori Nakamura (Boro the Caterpillar) supervised the work of 3DCG. Hayao Miyazaki is credited with planning the project, which featured production from Toshio Suzuki.
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All Studio Ghibli films – with the exception of The grave of the Fireflies– are available in Netflix Latinoamérica.