Earwig and the Witch

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Studio Ghibli's first CGI feature, Earwig and the Witch, will be theatrically released on February 3, then will join HBO Max two days later.



Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions, and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted.

 

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The movie comes out March 23 on digital and April 6 on DVD.

 

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Haven't watched it yet but I saw the trailer. It's interesting how they kept the same Ghibli "look" even in CG.
 

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I saw it over the weekend. Again, not nearly as bad as the masses would lead you to believe. Its no classic however:

Pros:
+ the lead character, Earwig, is pretty adorable.
+ the story has a nice reveal towards the end.
+ the movie is mercifully short ( a HUGE plus, in my book), about 70 mins if you exclude the intro and end credits.

Cons:
- Studio Ghibli should be embarrassed at releasing something this poorly animated in 2021.
Have they not seen Toy Story 4? The Croods: New Age? The bar has been raised by a considerable amount.
This movie looks like it was made in 2010, and that's being generous. Agree with the folks who say Studio Ghibli would have been better off sticking to conventional animation for this one, which they excel at.

But all in all, not bad. The animation looks very dated, but it is watchable. The story is pretty straightforward, but there's a nice reveal towards the end. And Earwig is a charming little tot.
6.5 out of 10.
 

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