Tag Archives: Goro Miyazaki

Earwig & The Witch is Rocking into America Early Feb!

21 Jan

Earwig and the WitchPlaying at Select Theatres Feb 3rd
Also coming to HBO Max Feb 5th

If Earwig and the Witch is to be rockin’ the free world–as the poster hints–then let’s hope that more theatres can reopen come February 2021! It’ll be better to see this on the big screen than small, even though it will be offered simultaneously on a streaming service.

Hot off the heels of its Late December 2020 debut in Japan, this latest film from Studio Ghibli will get the duo treatment–to play theatrically and online at the same time. Based on the children’s novel by Diana Wynne Jones (Howl’s Moving Castle), the film marks Studio Ghibli’s first 3DCG animated feature.

Plot Synopsis: 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 Miyazaki Charm is Alive in Ronja, Robber’s Daughter

20 Aug

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Released August 20, 2019
Shout! Factory & GKIDS

* Spoiler Alert

Gorō Miyazaki has big shoes to fill. As the son of Hayao, to shift from the career of garden landscaper to animation director can be viewed as extreme but I feel his skills in one world is transferable to another. He’s had plenty of education before working on Tales from Earthsea (2006) and From Up on Poppy Hill (2011). To work on a television series, Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter, shows his transition is complete. The attention to detail put in the background designs served his multi-purpose role well.

This series is based on Astrid Lindgren‘s book of the same name (Amazon link) (Ronia is the original spelling). The seminal character was born on a stormy night. Some may say great things are in store for her as she gets older. Almost like PIXAR’s Brave, this headstrong girl is looking to make her place in the world. Instead, what she finds is an innocent friendship with a young boy from a rival clan.

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