Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Earwig and the Witch, a Ghibli film, is now available on Netflix. Outside of the United States, Japan on November 18

 Since 2020, 55 million people have seen a Ghibli film on Netflix.

On November 18, Netflix will make Earwig and the Witch, Goro Miyazaki's anime adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones' novel of the same name and Studio Ghibli's first CG picture, available to anyone outside the United States and Japan. (The entire Studio Ghibli catalogue is not available on Netflix in the United States or Japan.)

Since last year, Netflix has reported that 55 million households have seen a Ghibli picture on the service.

On December 30th of last year, NHK General broadcasted Goro Miyazaki's anime adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones' novel of the same name. Hayao Miyazaki, his father and co-founder of the company, is credited with the film's planning and development. Toshio Suzuki, a co-founder of Studio Ghibli, produced the picture. The feature's international sales agent is French distributor Wild Bunch International.

Jones published the book in 2011, and HarperCollins summarises the plot as follows:

Earwig enjoys his time at St. Morwald's Home for Children more than most orphans. She has gotten anything she wants, whenever she wants it, since she was abandoned on the orphanage doorstep as a newborn. All of that changes the day Bella Yaga and the Mandrake, disguised as foster parents, arrive to St. Morwald's.

Earwig is whisked away to their enigmatic home, which is filled with hidden rooms, potions, and spell books, as well as magic around every corner. Most youngsters would flee a house like that in terror... but not Earwig. She intends to show the witch who's boss by using her wits and a lot of aid from a talking cat.

The film was scheduled to debut in Japanese theatres on April 29, but due to the new coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic, it was postponed until August 27.

On February 3, GKIDS and Fathom Events began screening the film in 430 theatres across the United States. In its debut weekend in the United States, the picture earned US$99,941 for a total of US$132,768. The film was shown in both Japanese and English with English subtitles. In the United States, HBO Max began streaming the film on February 5. The film was released on digital platforms on March 23 and on Blu-ray Disc on April 6 by GKIDS.

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