After Howl's Moving Castle, Studio Ghibli is set to adapt another book from Diana Wynne Jones in the form of Earwig and the Witch. Retitled Aya and the Witch, Ghibli has dropped the first images for their upcoming winter film.
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What's worth noting is that the movie will be the first from the studio that is CG-animated, and it will have Goro Miyazaki at the helm. While we don't have an animated trailer yet, you can see that the images kind of have a similar style with the latest Lupin III movie, in the sense that it keeps the familiar anime aesthetic, but refining it for CGI.
While we don't have an official synopsis yet, this is the description for the book Earwig and the Witch:
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.
Aya and the Witch is set to come out on the NHK this winter season, but it's still unclear if the studio is planning for an international debut down the line.
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