Netflix Picks Up Studio Ghibli’s ‘Earwig and the Witch’  – The Hollywood Reporter

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Netflix has added to its massive pool of licensed content material from Japan’s Studio Ghibli, choosing up the legendary anime home’s most up-to-date function Earwig and the Witch.

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Like the 21 different Studio Ghibli titles which were in Netflix’s steady since final yr, the streamer has rights to the new function for all territories round the world besides the U.S. and Japan. HBO Max has the U.S. streaming rights to the new film, together with a lot of the remainder of Ghibli’s catalog.

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First launched on Japanese tv in 2020, Earwig and the Witch is directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of studio founder Hayao Miyazaki, and primarily based on the novel of the identical title by Diana Wynne Jones. The film tells the story of a headstrong younger woman, who grew up in an orphanage and her life adjustments dramatically when a wierd couple takes her in, and she is compelled to reside with a egocentric witch.

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“We’re thrilled that our film Earwig and the Witch will attain many international locations and territories via Netflix,” stated Goro Miyazaki in a press release. “The film is Studio Ghibli’s first totally 3D CGI film which prompted us with an thrilling problem to mirror the spirit and satisfaction of our studio utilizing this new artform. Through that have we met Earwig, our rebellious protagonist who grows to beat difficulties together with her wits and relentless power. We hope you’ll come to like our Earwig, similar to you loved spending time with the primary characters in our final 21 movies.”

Aram Yacoubian, director of animation film at Netflix, added: “We’re extremely lucky to proceed increasing the Studio Ghibli film lineup on Netflix by streaming Earwig and the Witch. The extremely anticipated new film of Goro Miyazaki will convey a recent perspective to the wildly well-liked Studio Ghibli movies. In international locations and territories the place we stream Studio Ghibli movies (excluding U.S. and Japan), 55 million households have chosen to observe a Studio Ghibli film on Netflix since 2020, and that quantity will solely proceed to develop. We’ve been blown away by the constructive reactions from viewers in every single place, proving that tales can come from anyplace, and might be beloved in every single place.”

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Earwig and the Witch will launch on Netflix in its devoted markets on Nov. 18. The film will probably be be made obtainable to Netflix subscribers round the world in over 30 languages.

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