Earwig and the Witch (2020)

Earwig and the Witch (2020)
  • 1227
  • PG
  • Genre: Animation
  • Release year: 2020 ()
  • Running time: 82 min
  • Original Title: Âya to majo
  • Voted: 1227

It follows an orphan girl, Earwig, who is adopted by a witch and comes home to a spooky house filled with mystery and magic.

1JB BlancMr. Jenkins
2Thomas BromheadCook
3Alex CartañáAssistant Matron
4Pandora ColinMatron
  • Goro Miyazaki remains an expert at delivering two thirds of a movie by 3

    Saw this during the world premiere, an NHK broadcast (I'm in Japan and speak Japanese) and, while the CGI was initially off-putting - it looks like every other Japanese cartoon-to-CGI adaptation but with occasional Ghibli Eyes, and plastic SF5 Ken Banana Hair on everyone - it gradually started to win me over. Then, right when the story progression suggests that the third act is going to begin, as the past catches up with everyone, so that we can bring everything to a satisfying narrative conclusion... instead, we just get a smash cut to black and the credits.

    The ending 100% feels like the cliffhanger to make you want to watch the second half of the movie. Unfortunately, so far as I am aware, there IS no second half. So instead, the movie just kind of tosses a bunch of narrative threads out, ignores all of them for nearly its entire runtime, and then remembers them all juuuuuust long enough to remind you that it ignored them entirely, before suddenly grinding to a halt.

    Reasonably charming at times, if you're willing to accept that basically nothing that happens in the movie matters at all, and that there's no ending. Or, in other words, it's a modern Ghibli movie, I guess. Goro Miyazaki has inherited his father's knack for telling two thirds of a story.

  • a fun wholesome family movie by 7

    Obviously nothing beats 2d hand drawn animation, but the cg is fine, you guys are just being mean

    I saw this thru a TV Rip with poorly google translated subtitles, truly the definitive viewing experience if i could say so myself. joking aside, from the story i could make out it was super wholesome, creative and made me feel like a kid again. Also goes without saying but don't expect a profound life changing experience like Spirited Away or Howl's Moving Castle, this was a simple fun and creative movie with a whole lot of heart. strangely, the movie ended just as it got really interesting, which felt so abrupt because it honestly felt like the end of a first act in a 3 act movie, i'm seriously hoping for a few sequels because this was a super fun and colourful movie but judging from what they show in the credits that seems unlikely which sucks

    love you goro don't let the haters discourage you from making more movies, you do you king

  • Not Hayao Miyazaki, doesn't feel like Studio Ghibli, not good by 4

    Compared to the standard for 2D animation set by Studio Ghibli, the transition to CGI has been a complete disaster. This is amateurish CGI as far as CGI goes, to be frank.

    This film was directed by Hiyao Miyazaki's son, Goro Miyazaki, and unfortunately he does not yet possess the serene magic of his father in his film-making. Goro's other directorial efforts so far have felt similarly stale to me......Tales from Earthsea was probably the worst effort of any Studio Ghibli production, and From Up On Poppy Hill, while certainly better than Earthsea, wasn't the most original or engaging of films...As for Earwig, it just doesn't really coalesce as a complete movie and the animation is around the quality of efforts like Hotel Transylvania. This is very offputting.

    This just feels like a cash grab on the Studio Ghibli brand and it is done in an ill-conceived way. The only thing that feels connected to previous Studio Ghibli films is the last name of the director.

  • Confused, and very disappointed. by 1

    I saw today that there was a new film from studio Ghibli, and I got excited. Then I watched it... I shouldn't have. The story begins a bit confusing, it's very disjointed and plays out like a montage, as the whole movie sort of seems to. Things begin to pick up around the middle, and you start to trace the movie so far, and it leads your mind to many possibilities that you can theorize may come to pass. When the time comes to deliver on even a single one of the things that were foreshadowed, it never does. The entire film feels like a budget toddler program, like something from Cocomelon... and it's insulting that it bares the Studio Ghibli name. The ending was a big slap in the face, and everything you have been anticipating gets dumped in your lap like a curtain reveal, amd the movie ends, with no rhyme or reason, it's just over. What?

  • Meh. by 3

    Whyyyyyyy did Ghibli go 3D computer-animated?! This just felt uninspired. A really boring witch, especially for the main villain. There's no soul here. Rewatch Howl's Moving Castle instead.

1Gorô Miyazakidirector
2Toshio Suzukiproducer
3Diana Wynne Joneswriter
4Keiko Niwawriter
5Emi Gunjiwriter
6Hayao Miyazakiwriter