Studio Ghibli, the makers of such beloved Japanese anime as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Sprited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle, will have its upcoming new film in North American theaters (unless the pandemic thwarts those plans). Ghibli fans were put into a slight state of distress when word of the studio’s closure came about in 2014, but Ghibli’s general manager said that they were looking into restructuring and taking a brief pause. Their last feature film was also from 2014, When Marnie Was There, but hit US shores in 2015.
Their upcoming film, Earwig and the Witch, will actually air on TV in Japan before coming to North America in theaters in early 2021. This film will be Studio Ghibli’s first all-3DCG film and will be directed by Miyazaki… Gorō Miyazaki, son of the more famous Hayao Miyazaki. Gorō also directed two previous Ghibli films, Tales From Earthsea and From Up on Poppy Hill. Like Howl’s Moving Castle, Earwig and the Witch is being adapted from a Diana Wynne Jones story by Hayao Miyazaki. Here is a short description of the tale:
Growing up in an orphanage, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life will take a new turn when a strange family takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch.
Note: The retired Hayao Miyazaki is still planning to release a new film directed by himself sometime in the future…