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Studio Ghibli shares trailer for first CGI film

This shift to CGI is new for the studio and differs from its favoured animation techniques. (Studio Ghibli)
This shift to CGI is new for the studio and differs from its favoured animation techniques. (Studio Ghibli)
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03 Dec 2020 09:12:05 GMT9
03 Dec 2020 09:12:05 GMT9

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Studio Ghibli is releasing a new film titled Earwig and the Witch also known as Aya to Majo, scheduled to launch Dec. 30 on NHK General but until then the studio has officially shared the film’s trailer to entice fans.

https://youtu.be/ncs4AGA8Sfc

Studio Ghibli, popular for acclaimed works like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Porco Rosso, is gaining further recognition with its newest animation created entirely using computer generated imagery (CGI).

Studio Ghibli’s newest project tells the story of an orphan girl called Earwig who is adopted by a witch and encounters various majestic and magical elements, including spells, a black cat, and potions—all of which are quintessential of the genre.

The two-minute trailer includes brief clips of protagonist Earwig at the orphanage, conversing with characters like the cook, later showcasing her adoption and transferal to her new home. There are also scenes of Earwig observing strange magical occurrences from behind closed doors.  

Like most of the studio’s films, Earwig and the Witch employs a powerful storyline, adapted from Diana Wynne Jones’ novel. Jones also authored Howl’s Moving Castle published in 1986, which was later turned into the film by Studio Ghibli in 2004.

This shift to CGI is new for the studio and differs from its favoured techniques.

Both Hayao Miyazaki and Goro Miyazaki worked to create the studio’s newest feature, but the film was directed primarily by Goro Miyazaki who took on the challenge of utilizing CGI to diversify the studio’s animation methods and overall style.

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