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Studio Ghibli Released A Trailer For Their First-Ever 3D CGI Movie “Earwig And The Witch” And People Are Torn About It
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Animation, Movies & tv1 year ago

Studio Ghibli Released A Trailer For Their First-Ever 3D CGI Movie “Earwig And The Witch” And People Are Torn About It

When you mention Studio Ghibli to people, they get starry-eyed, their smiles get wider, and they start talking about which of the animated movies take up the most space in their hearts. The Japanese studio is best known for their lovingly hand-drawn animations, but time changes all things and Ghibli is no exception.

The studio has released a trailer for their newest movie, Earwig and the Witch, and it’s their first project that uses computer-generated imagery (aka CGI). Set to premiere on December 30 in Japan and in 2021 in the US, the 3D animation is directed by Goro Miyazaki, who is Hayao Miyazaki’s son.

There’s a lot to be excited for (who can say no to Studio Ghibli?!), but it’s best to hold your horses. A lot of the studio’s movies create their unique atmosphere with their animation, but with CGI… things are different. Not necessarily bad. Just different. And people can’t agree whether they love it or they’d rather pass. Check the trailer out below, dear Pandas, and share your thoughts with all of us in the comment section.

Watch the trailer for Earwig and the Witch and let us know what you think, Pandas!

Image credits: GKIDS Films

Image credits: GKIDS Films

Image credits: GKIDS Films

Image credits: GKIDS Films

Image credits: GKIDS Films

Earwig and the Witch is about a selfish witch who adopts an orphan in the British countryside. Just from that description alone, you should realize it’s a Ghibli production. And yet, it lacks a certain something, doesn’t it?

The director’s father, Hayao, is known as the legend behind Ghibli’s masterpieces like My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Castle in the Sky, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and others.

While Goro isn’t new to the animation industry, he does have big shoes to fill. And the expectations that fall on his shoulders are immense. Goro and his father’s relationship is complex because of this. For instance, Goro had previously promised not to go into anything related to animation, but, as fate would have it, he ended up there anyway.

In a way, I think that no matter what direction Goro decided to go in with Earwig and the Witch, there would be critics because he’s not a carbon copy of his father and is off doing his own thing. Personally, I’m excited for Earwig and the Witch because the trailer just screams Studio Ghibli (even if I’m not a massive fan of CGI—I’m too much of a traditional art fan!).

Do you love the trailer? Fantastic! Feeling a tad reserved? Not to worry. Goro’s father Hayao is working on How Do You Live which will be 2D… and will probably be released in a few years.

Some Ghibli fans were very critical of the new movie and the CGI style

However, there were those who were fans, too

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C. Mayo
Community Member
1 year ago

For me, Studio Ghibli isn't about hand-drawn animation - it's about the content, the storytelling, the pacing, and the emotional tone of their wonderful films. They've earned my loyalty, and I intend to give ‘Earwig And The Witch’ a fair hearing before judging it.

Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

I agree. I do understand and partially share everyone's concern, but I don't think it will necessarily be bad. I, honestly, find this whole thing interesting, a little bit of experimentation is always welcome in art, regardless of the results. Even if this one turns out bad, it can still open the doors to other various potential. Besides that, I get why Goro Miyazaki made such a decision. Having said that, I do prefer the classic 2d animation for cartoons, and if 3d, then get the SquareEnix team. ♡

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Museo
Community Member
1 year ago

I think the main problem is, that this kind of cheap animation tends to appeal more to toddlers, whereas the traditional Ghibli productions appeal to adults as well.

Donna Norman
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I grew up in the time of dinosaurs - Cinderella, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, Lady and the Tramp. I have literally watched animation evolve over time, and frankly some of it really stunk. Cannot wait for this to come out. Just turned 70, BTW.

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Shelp
Community Member
1 year ago

Meh. This doesn't look good. All the magic and the wonderment of Ghibli's style is gone, and it just looks like a bad 2007 anmiated movie.

Tiari
Community Member
1 year ago

So for you the magic and wonderment in Ghibli movies only comes from the animation style and not from the story(telling) and details and characters?

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C. Mayo
Community Member
1 year ago

For me, Studio Ghibli isn't about hand-drawn animation - it's about the content, the storytelling, the pacing, and the emotional tone of their wonderful films. They've earned my loyalty, and I intend to give ‘Earwig And The Witch’ a fair hearing before judging it.

Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

I agree. I do understand and partially share everyone's concern, but I don't think it will necessarily be bad. I, honestly, find this whole thing interesting, a little bit of experimentation is always welcome in art, regardless of the results. Even if this one turns out bad, it can still open the doors to other various potential. Besides that, I get why Goro Miyazaki made such a decision. Having said that, I do prefer the classic 2d animation for cartoons, and if 3d, then get the SquareEnix team. ♡

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Museo
Community Member
1 year ago

I think the main problem is, that this kind of cheap animation tends to appeal more to toddlers, whereas the traditional Ghibli productions appeal to adults as well.

Donna Norman
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I grew up in the time of dinosaurs - Cinderella, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, Lady and the Tramp. I have literally watched animation evolve over time, and frankly some of it really stunk. Cannot wait for this to come out. Just turned 70, BTW.

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Shelp
Community Member
1 year ago

Meh. This doesn't look good. All the magic and the wonderment of Ghibli's style is gone, and it just looks like a bad 2007 anmiated movie.

Tiari
Community Member
1 year ago

So for you the magic and wonderment in Ghibli movies only comes from the animation style and not from the story(telling) and details and characters?

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