Studio Ghibli has been teasing a second feature film project—on top of Hayao Miyazaki’s gradual production of How Do You Live?—ever since the beginning of the year. We recently found out that it refers to a new movie by Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki, and Ghibli has now officially revealed it as an all-new anime film based on children’s novel Earwig and the Witch, by Howl’s Moving Castle author Diana Wynne Jones.
The feature is planned to be broadcast on NHK General TV in Japan sometime this winter. In addition to being the latest from Goro Miyazaki, Earwig and the Witch will be the studio’s first full 3DCG film, and features planning from Hayao Miyazaki. Toshio Suzuki serves as producer, with production and writing coming from Studio Ghibli, NHK, and NHK Enterprise.
Japanese cover of the novel:
Amazon’s synopsis of the book:
Not every orphan would love living at St. Morwald’s Home for Children, but Earwig does. She gets whatever she wants, whenever she wants it, and it’s been that way since she was dropped on the orphanage doorstep as a baby. But all that changes the day Bella Yaga and the Mandrake come to St. Morwald’s, disguised as foster parents. Earwig is whisked off to their mysterious house full of invisible rooms, potions, and spell books, with magic around every corner. Most children would run in terror from a house like that . . . but not Earwig. Using her own cleverness—with a lot of help from a talking cat—she decides to show the witch who’s boss.