Studio Ghibli’s First CG Movie’s Earwig And the Witch Trailer Is Pretty Psychadelic
Studio Ghibli’s anime movies are the stuff of legend. The hand-drawn animation of founder Hayao Miyazaki built the studio up from the ground and keeps it in the mainstream today, despite the competition. But now, the traditional approach is making way for something new, as Studio Ghibli’s first 3D CG animated film releases its first official trailer. The Earwig And The Witch trailer looks incredible, and the animation style is definitely unique while retaining their trademark style.
Where Ghibli Stands Out
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Earwig And The Witch is a pretty big deal. Not only because it’s a Studio Ghibli creation, but also because it’s a first for the studio. Despite the advancements in technology and the animation industry, the founder Miyazaki always maintains his insistence on traditional animation. The animator painstakingly animated all the movies he’s directed under the banner. The results are pretty wonderful, as Ghibli movies have a stand out style and vibe to them that no other anime studio has thus far been able to replicate.
Similar to how Pixar movies share similarities in tone and style, Studio Ghibli movies are recognizable by an international audience, simply because of their animation style. So when they decided to do things a little differently, by going the CG animation route, eyebrows rose in wonderment. But the Earwig And The Witch trailer definitely alleviates some of those concerns, while giving the best look at what this new animation style for the studio looks like.
Earwig And the Witch Trailer Is In The Spirit Of A Ghibli Movie
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Honestly, the Earwig and the Witch trailer is a little jarring. It’s odd to see character designs clearly from the Ghibli style of animation, rendered in CG. The 3-dimensional world, characters, and the way the colors pop, take a little getting used to. The good thing though, is that the characters and the story make it much easier to settle into the new animation style. The concept of the story, with magic and fantasy and brightly lit effects in contrast to the, at times dull world, look incredible. The official synopsis for the movie is below:
Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted.
The Trailer For Earwig And The Witch Is Full Of Talent
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The trailer introduces us to a new character, a little orphan girl called Earwig. Trying to avoid adoption, a quirky oddball couple takes Earwig into their care. As soon as she arrives in their home, her adopted mother declares herself a witch! Instead of shirking away from the revelation, she uses it to her advantage, striking a deal. She’ll learn magic, while she helps out the witch around her, pretty neglected, house. Through this adventure, she’ll discover the origins of her own mother, her own powers and find the family she’s always wanted. The Earwig And The Witch trailer that came out recently is actually the English dub of the movie. The voices come from actors such as Dan Stevens, Richard E. Grant, and Kacey Musgraves. The movie’s director is the son of Hayao Miyazaki, Goro Miyazaki.
Earwig And The Witch releases in Japan on December 30, with GKids releasing the movie in North America in early 2021.
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