Earwig and the Witch, Studio Ghibli’s first CG-animated film, upset many followers of the studio with some describing it as a captivating however in the end mediocre movie. Nonetheless, iconic animator and director Hayao Miyazaki seems to have a really totally different opinion, calling it “really something.”
In a current interview, Miyazaki mentioned his emotions about Studio Ghibli’s first exploration into non-hand-drawn animation. Whereas he’s credited with “planning” Earwig and the Witch, he in the end didn’t direct the movie. As an alternative, these duties fell to his son Goro Miyazaki. “I hadn’t been thinking of Goro at all,” Miyazaki defined. “If anything, I thought it would be kind of impossible for him. But despite my thoughts, Earwig turned out to be rather interesting. I think he used CG skillfully. It’s really something. And I think they put together a good team.”
The connection between Hayao and Goro Miyazaki is usually described as sophisticated, and even strained. The elder Miyazaki notably criticized his son’s first movie Tales from Earthsea, saying, “It’s good that [Goro] made one movie. With that, he should stop.” As such, evidently his reward for Earwig and the Witch comes from a real appreciation for his son’s efforts.
“It’s interesting. Being able to say, simply, ‘It’s interesting,’ really is a good thing. Not ‘This part of it is interesting,’ but just ‘It’s interesting.’ I think it properly conveys the energy of the original work,” Hayao Miyazai said. “[Goro] hung on to his determination to make the movie, so it turned out really well. It really doesn’t matter that he’s my son, does it? It being CG, not drawn with pencils, set him free.”
Hayao Miyazaki not solely had reward for his son and the movies’ CG but additionally expressed a real fondness for the protagonist Earwig. “It would be great if I could express it in words, but it’s its stout heart…Earwig has a strength that doesn’t wave,” he stated. “She has a tough, long fight, but it’s not like she’s screaming and shouting. She’s flexible and tries all sorts of different methods…[but] there’s humor too. Something about that, to me…it’s so ironic, but also truly interesting.”
He argued that fashionable audiences can be taught rather a lot from Earwig, saying, “When faced with animosity, a lot of people emotionally collapse and shrink away. But Earwig doesn’t lose her brightness. She’s strong, but friendly. She finds a way to get through difficulties…Our world is hard to live in, but no matter how hard it gets, you find a crack, and you pry it open. You make friends, and you go on living.”
“Isn’t that what’s most missing these days?” he went on to ask. “That strength. We were all supposed to have that strength in difficult times. We were supposed to have different faces for different times, but it’s like we lost that. Now the thinking is that having a bewildered or unfriendly look on your face is honest, and that being honest like that is good. But that just makes it harder to live.”
Earwig and the Witch is predicated on the novel of the identical title by creator Diana Wynne Jones, who additionally wrote the Howl’s Transferring Fortress novel. The movie is out there to stream on HBO Max.