Earwig and the Witch

Earwig and the Witch

Earwig and the Witch

Studio Ghibli's first 3D animated feature follows an orphan girl adopted by a cranky witch who introduces her to a world of magic. From the director of From Up On Poppy Hill, adapting the novel from the author of Howl's Moving Castle.

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.

2020Rating: PG, Supernatural themes82 minsJapan
AdventureAnimatedKids & FamilyFantasy

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Earwig and the Witch / Reviews

The New York Times

The New York Times

Uses ingredients from the tried-and-true Ghibli recipe while serving a film that lacks the heart the studio has always brought to its best.

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Vox

Vox

Earwig's themes are so disjointed that it's not quite clear what the takeaway is.

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Time Out

Time Out

It sacrifices Studio Ghibli's hand-drawn style but it's the absence of the studio's usual emotional beats that's the bigger problem.

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Slash Film

Slash Film

A disappointing hour and a half of plot set-up that feels like it ends before it begins

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Variety

Variety

It's the storytelling that feels most anemic.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Dispiritingly generic in both appearance and tone.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

The problem with Earwig and the Witch has more to do with its confused plotting than its more or less serviceable animation.

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