Earwig and the Witch

Earwig and the Witch

Earwig and the Witch

  • Directed by Goro Miyazaki
  • Starring Richard E Grant, Kacey Musgraves, Dan Stevens
  • JPN | 83mins | 2020 | rated (PG)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film runtime: 1h 23m

Like many Ghibli before it (Howl’s Moving Castle, Arrietty), this is an adaptation of a beloved English children’s novel, in this case Diana Wynne Jones’ book of the same name.

Director Goro Miyazaki keeps the flame of the world famous Studio Ghibli alive after a hiatus triggered by the semi-retirement of his father, Hayao.

Goro nonetheless brings a very familiar spirit of imagination and colour into this brave new world.

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.