Studio Ghibli put some information on its new movie Earwig and the Witch on its website before taking it down. Anime News Network was able to catch it while it was up, and reported that Earwig and the Witch is supposed to make its debut on Japanese television on December 30.
The 82-minute long movie is directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki, and is based on a novel by Diana Wynne Jones. It’s Studio Ghibli’s first computer animated feature film, and it will star Shinobu Terajima, Etsushi Toyokawa, Gaku Hamada, and Kokoro Hirasawa.
Though much of the work has been passed from Miyazaki senior to Miyazaki junior, Hayao Miyazaki worked on planning and development for Earwig and the Witch. The movie will also be aired at the Cannes Film Festival and is scheduled for American theaters next year.
Goro Miyazaki has said that he hopes “from the bottom of my heart that our cheeky, yet cute, Earwig will encourage children — and cheer adults up.”
Source: Anime News Network
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