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Earwig and the Witch

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Japanese name
Kanjiアーヤと魔女
Literal meaningĀya and the Witch
Transcriptions
Revised HepburnĀya đồ sộ Majo
Directed byGorō Miyazaki
Screenplay by
  • Keiko Niwa
  • Emi Gunji
Based onEarwig and the Witch
by Diana Wynne Jones
Produced byToshio Suzuki
Starring
  • Shinobu Terajima
  • Etsushi Toyokawa
  • Gaku Hamada
  • Kokoro Hirasawa
Music bySatoshi Takebe

Production
company

Studio Ghibli[1]

Distributed byToho (theatrical)

Release dates

  • October 18, 2020 (Lumière Festival)[2]
  • December 30, 2020 (NHK G)[3]
  • August 27, 2021 (theatrical)

Running time

82 minutes[4]
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box office$842,744[5][6]

Earwig and the Witch (Japanese: アーヤと魔女, Hepburn: Āya đồ sộ Majo, lit. "Āya and the Witch") is a 2020 Japanese computer-animated fantasy film directed by Gorō Miyazaki and with a screenplay by Keiko Niwa and Emi Gunji. It is based on the novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones. The original voice cast includes Shinobu Terajima, Etsushi Toyokawa, Gaku Hamada, and Kokoro Hirasawa.

A co-production between Studio Ghibli, NHK, and NHK Enterprises, Earwig and the Witch had its world premiere on October 18, 2020, at the Lumière Film Festival, before premiering in nhật bản on television on December 30, 2020, on NHK General TV; it was then released in theatres in nhật bản by Toho on August 27, 2021. The film received negative reviews from critics and grossed $842,744 at the worldwide box office.

Plot[edit]

In 1990s England, a witch leaves her child, Earwig, at St. Morwald's trang chủ for Children. The matron head of the trang chính thinks that the name is unfit for a child and changes it đồ sộ Erica Wigg. Years later, Earwig is a rambunctious 10-year-old who is very comfortable in an orphanage where everyone does what she wants. She likes living there with her friend Custard and does not want đồ sộ get adopted.

One day, a strange couple, Bella Yaga and Mandrake, adopt Earwig against her wishes. When they get trang chính, Bella Yaga tells Earwig that she is a witch, and that she only adopted Earwig for "an extra pair of hands" đồ sộ help around the house. Earwig agrees đồ sộ help, only if Bella Yaga teaches her magic in return. Earwig prepares ingredients for spells and cleans the workroom. Tired of working, she attempts đồ sộ leave of the house, only đồ sộ find that all the exits have been magically sealed by Mandrake. She becomes further frustrated because Bella Yaga never teaches her any magic.

Earwig begins đồ sộ listen đồ sộ tapes from an old band called Earwig and discovers that Bella Yaga's cát familiar Thomas can talk. The two of them enter the workroom at night đồ sộ create a spell that will make them resistant đồ sộ magic, becoming immune đồ sộ Bella Yaga's punishments. They also work on a spell đồ sộ give Bella Yaga a literal "extra pair of hands" on her body toàn thân ví Earwig would be dismissed from her work.

The spell is a success and Bella Yaga is furious at her extra pair of hands, and casts magical worms that appear in Earwig's room. Because of Earwig's magical resistance, the worms are harmless. Earwig sends the worms through a hole in the wall, which angers Mandrake. In the ensuing chaos, Earwig breaks into Mandrake's room and discovers he and Bella Yaga were members of the band Earwig.

Through her new power, Earwig is able đồ sộ take over the house and have the others vì thế what she wants. She even manages đồ sộ invite her friend Custard over for Christmas. When he arrives, Earwig's mother, another thành viên of the band, drops in for a surprise visit.

Cast[edit]

Character
Japanese[1] English[7]
Earwig (Āya) Kokoro Hirasawa[8] Taylor Paige Henderson[9]
Bella Yaga Shinobu Terajima Vanessa Marshall
Mandrake Etsushi Toyokawa Richard E. Grant
Thomas Gaku Hamada Dan Stevens
Earwig's Mother (Āya's Mother) Sherina Munaf[10][11] Kacey Musgraves
Mr. Jenkins Yuji Ueda JB Blanc
Matron Pandora Colin
Custard Logan Hannan
Phyllis Summer Jenkins
Sally Vivienne Rutherford
Assistant Matron Alex Cartañá
Cook Tom Bromhead
Assistant Cook Eva Kaminsky

Production[edit]

Directed by Gorō Miyazaki, the film was announced as the first full 3 chiều CG animated film by Studio Ghibli and was scheduled for a television premiere on NHK in late 2020.[12][13][14] On June 19, 2020, images from the film were revealed by Miyazaki.[15] Gorō said that his father told him đồ sộ go with it and Toshio Suzuki encouraged him, but after that he was left on his own and made the anime with young staff and "didn't consult with the old guys at all." He also said that he is the only one at the studio who knows the method of creating CG animation.[4]

Music[edit]

Satoshi Takebe composed the music for the film. The theme tuy vậy, "Don't Disturb Me", and ending theme, "Atashi no Sekai Seifuku" (あたしの世界征服, lit. "My World Domination"), are performed by a specially-formed band composed of Sherina Munaf on vocals, Hiroki Kamemoto of Glim Spanky on guitar, Kiyokazu Takano of Mrs. Green Apple on bass, Kavka Shishido on drums, and Takebe on keyboards.[16] The film's original soundtrack album was released on January 6, 2021.[16] The album Earwig and the Witch Songbook: 13 Lime Avenue, which is credited đồ sộ the film's fictional band "Earwig", was released on January 26, 2022. In addition đồ sộ the above musicians (sans Takano), the album also features Glim Spanky vocalist Remi Matsuo and Yoasobi tư vấn musician Hikaru Yamamoto.[17] Glim Spanky, who contributed two songs đồ sộ the record, received the offer as Miyazaki is a người hâm mộ of theirs.[18] Their track "The House in Lime Avenue" was influenced by Irish folk songs and those of England's Nick Drake.[18] For their other contribution, "A Black Cat", Matsuo was conscious of the melodies and gospel harmonies of Aretha Franklin for her vocals, while the rhythm was inspired by that of The Rolling Stones' tuy vậy "Sympathy for the Devil".[18]

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Release[edit]

World premiere[edit]

The film was scheduled đồ sộ premiere at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival before the sự kiện was cancelled due đồ sộ the COVID-19 pandemic.[19] It instead premiered at the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon Metropolis, on October 18, 2020.[2]

Japan[edit]

In November 2020, the cast and crew information, along with its plot details and broadcast date were announced. It aired on NHK General TV on December 30, 2020.[15][20][21][1][3]

On February 11, 2021, Toho announced that the film was slated đồ sộ be released theatrically in nhật bản on April 29, 2021. This version includes some scenes not shown on the TV broadcast version[22][23] (but already included in releases of the film outside Japan).[24]

On April 23, 2021, the film was removed from the release calendar due đồ sộ the COVID-19 pandemic.[25] It was later announced that the new release date would be on August 27, 2021.[26]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc by Pony Canyon on December 1, 2021, making it the first Studio Ghibli movie since the original VHS release of Whisper of the Heart not đồ sộ have Walt Disney nhật bản as trang chính Clip distributor.[27] However, Walt Disney nhật bản released the film (under license from Pony Canyon) as part of a box phối on the same day which contains the non–Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata Studio Ghibli feature films.[28]

United States[edit]

On July 7, 2020, Studio Ghibli's North American distributor GKIDS announced they had acquired the North American distribution rights đồ sộ the film and that the film would be phối for a theatrical release date of early 2021 in North America.[29][30]

On January 7, 2021, GKIDS announced that the film would receive a limited theatrical release beginning on February 3, while it would be added đồ sộ HBO Max on February 5.[31] The film was released digitally on March 23, 2021, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on April 6, 2021.[32] The GKIDS release of the film is the same as the Japanese theatrical version.[24]

International[edit]

As with Ghibli's other features, Wild Bunch handles the international sales of the film.[33]

On September 11, 2020, Wild Bunch confirmed they had purchased the distribution rights đồ sộ Studio Ghibli's films in France from previous distributor Disney,[34] and that they would handle distribution of the film both theatrically and on trang chính truyền thông in the country.[35]

On December 3, 2020, it was announced that Elysian Film Group had acquired the British and Irish distribution rights đồ sộ the film, becoming the company's very first film acquisition after it was founded in February that year. This will make it the first theatrical release of a Ghibli film since Princess Mononoke not đồ sộ be distributed by StudioCanal UK in the region.[36] Elysian released the film in cinemas on May 28, 2021, on over 100 screens and only dubbed into English,[37] and later released it on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (including the Japanese audio and English subtitles as well as the English dub) on September 27, 2021.

On October 13, 2021, it was announced that Netflix had acquired the worldwide streaming rights đồ sộ the film, except nhật bản and United States. It was released on the service on November 18, 2021.[38]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

As of October 2021, Earwig and the Witch grossed $173,704 at the North American box office and $669,040 from other territories, with a worldwide total of $842,744.[5] According đồ sộ Kinema Junpo's March 2022 issue, the film grossed JP¥300 million (approximately $2.2 million) domestically.[39]

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Critical response[edit]

The film received negative reviews.[a] On review aggregator trang web Rotten Tomatoes, 28% of 69 critic reviews are positive for Earwig and the Witch, and the average rating is 4.9/10. The critics consensus on the trang web is: "With a story as uninspired as its animation, Earwig and the Witch is a surprising—and near-total—misfire for Studio Ghibli."[42] According đồ sộ Metacritic, which calculated a weighted average score of 46 out of 100 based on 21 reviews, the film received "mixed or average reviews".[43]

Writing for IndieWire, David Ehrlich gave the film a C− and said, "While Earwig and the Witch is far from the ugliest film of its kind, there's something uniquely perverse about seeing Ghibli's signature aesthetic suffocated inside a plastic coffin and sapped of its brilliant soul; about seeing the studio's lush green worlds replaced by lifeless backdrops, and its hyper-expressive character designs swapped out for cheap dolls ví devoid of human emotion that even the little kids look Botoxed with an inch [sic] of their lives. This is the cartoon equivalent of that botched Jesus fresco, only lacking the human touch that gave that debacle some perverse charm of its own."[44]

Vox's Aja Romano gave the film 3 out of 5 stars and said, "There are some moments early on when there are still shots of nature, or slow Ghibli-esque pans across landscapes. But these isolated shots don't connect đồ sộ a larger overall mood, characterization, or thematic idea. They feel lượt thích pale imitations from a director who knows what Ghibli films vì thế, but not why… And even the highly striking animation aesthetic for which Ghibli is renowned feels largely absent, due đồ sộ the muted, flat palette of the film's CGI… Ultimately, Earwig and the Witch is a far cry from Studio Ghibli at its finest."[45]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Dazed reported that the film "garnered a slew of negative reviews",[40] while Engadget stated that it got "overwhelmingly negative reaction".[41]

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External links[edit]

  • Official website (in Japanese)
  • U.S. and Canada official trang web page at GKIDS
  • Australia and New Zealand official trang web page at Madman Films
  • U.K. and Ireland official trang web page at Elysian Film Group
  • Earwig and the Witch (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Earwig and the Witch at IMDb