Netflix is adding the Studio Ghibli anime film ‘Earwig and the Witch’ to its growing catalogue of Japanese content, though it will not be included in the regions of Japan or the United States. It is expected to be released on the platform on November 18, 2021.
According to the Netflix synopsis, “‘Earwig and the Witch’ tells the story of a headstrong young girl, who grew up in an orphanage and her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch.”
Movie director Goro Miyazaki expressed his enthusiasm for the CGI anime being added to the Netflix streaming service in a press release.
“We’re thrilled that our film Earwig and the Witch will reach many countries and territories through Netflix,” he said. “The film is Studio Ghibli’s first fully 3D CGI film which prompted us with an exciting challenge to reflect the spirit and pride of our studio using this new artform. Through that experience we met Earwig, our rebellious protagonist who grows to overcome difficulties with her wits and relentless energy. We hope you will come to love our Earwig, just like you enjoyed spending time with the main characters in our last 21 films. Today, the world is forced to continue its journey into a chaotic era. We hope this film will inspire our children who live long into the future.”
Director of Animation Film at Netflix Aram Yacoubian added, “We’re incredibly fortunate to continue expanding the Studio Ghibli film lineup on Netflix by streaming Earwig and the Witch. The highly anticipated new film of Goro Miyazaki will bring a fresh perspective to the wildly popular Studio Ghibli films. In countries and territories where we stream Studio Ghibli films (excluding US and Japan), 55M households have chosen to watch a Studio Ghibli film on Netflix since 2020, and that number will only continue to grow. We’ve been blown away by the positive reactions from viewers everywhere, proving that stories can come from anywhere, and can be loved everywhere.”
Originally released in 2020, the ‘Earwig and the Witch’ is based on a novel by Diana Wynne Jones and stars Shinobu Terajima, Etsushi Toyokawa, Gaku Hamada, and Kokoro Hirasawa as the voice cast.
You can watch the trailer below:
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