Goro Miyazaki’s CG anime movie Earwig and the Witch is debuting on Japanese TV later this month, but that’s not the only version of Earwig and the Witch that the younger Miyazaki is working on. He’s also going to be putting on a puppet show with the characters.
Studio Ghibli shared a teaser video, where Goro Miyazaki is playing around with puppets and talking with other people from the company. And these aren’t exactly sock puppets or any old puppets — you can see from the way the puppets’ eyes move and the realistic movement of the cat puppet that these are pretty high caliber puppets. Fun fact: Goro used to do puppet shows back when he was in school.
Right now the plan is for the actual puppet show to take place next month. It’s not clear yet if it’s going to be an in-person event or entirely online.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.