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Fans Are Unhappy With Studio Ghibli’s New Trailer for ‘Earwig and the Witch’

Fans call it stiff and off-putting.

Earwig and the Witch
Earwig and the Witch

Studio Ghibli has long been a highly regarded animation studio known for their award winning films such as “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro.” Recently, the Japanese animation studio introduced the trailer for their latest film “Earwig and the Witch.” In the trailer, the studio traded their traditional hand-drawn style for a computer generated animation route and fans are not happy about it.  

Studio Ghibli has always managed to deliver quality with their nostalgic and magical animations that the studio is known for. But fans are feeling a bit underwhelmed with the first looks at their upcoming film. Studio Ghibli’s attempts at its first all CGI film is being met with some criticism from fans with some taking to Twitter to voice their opinions on the disappointing new look. 

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro Miyazaki, “Earwig and the Witch” is based on a 2011 children’s novel by Diana Wynne Jones. The film follows a 10-year-old girl who after getting adopted by a strange couple, begins to discover her magical powers. 

The movie was originally supposed to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Earwig and the Witch” is set to premiere in Japan on Dec. 30. 

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And for those who are worried about the Studio’s new direction, Studio Ghibli isn’t about to completely abandon its roots because studio founder Hayao Miyazaki is set to direct “How Do You Live?” a traditional hand-drawn animation in 2023.