Earwig and the Witch
Earwig and the Witch (Japanese: アーヤと魔女, "Āya and the Witch") is a 2020 Japanese CGI fantasy film, produced by Studio Ghibli and directed by Gorō Miyazaki, son of noted Japanese animator and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. It is based on the novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones, which makes it the second Studio Ghibli movie adpated from her book after Howl's Moving Castle.
An orphaned girl, Earwig, who is adopted by a witch and comes home to a spooky house filled with mystery and magic.
Why It Sucks
- As this was Studio Ghibli's first fully-CGI film, it's a major departure from their previous work, and the movie overall feels rather experimental.
- The story is incoherent and bland, also very confusing.
- When the movie feels like it's starting to pick up, it just abruptly ends on a blatant cliffhanger. This is actually the same with the book that the movie is based on, as well.
- The movie's locations are rather bland, with most of the story taking place in the same boring locations.
- Earwig's model looks awful & nightmarish, and it would have been better if it were in traditional 2D style.
- A number of things that could be plot points are brought up, but then dropped with little to no elaboration.
- The characters are flat and underdeveloped.
- Earwig in particular, is a very unlikable character, as she's bratty and manipulative.
- Most of the time, the humor is hit or miss.
- The lip-syncing for the English dub is just awful.
- Sometimes the voice acting sounds a bit off.
- Much like Tales From Earthsea, Goro Miyazaki tainted his father's legacy once again.
- Misleading Poster: As you can see the poster, it's supposed to be a musical band adventure movie, but in the movie itself, it isn't.
- Some facial expressions of the characters make them look like aliens.
- The ideas within the story are pretty interesting, if only they were better used.
- The music is pretty well done.
- Most of the voice acting is alright.
- The intro sequence is done very well.
- Reviews were mostly negative, with a 33% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus "With a story as uninspired as its animation, Earwig and the Witch is a surprising -- and near-total -- misfire for Studio Ghibli."
- The movie is Studio Ghibli's first fully-CGI film.
- The reason for the poor quality was mainly due to the fact that Goro Miyazaki was the only person in the Studio Ghibli office to know about CGI, and that he "didn't consult with the old guys at all" during development with a younger staff, plus, he is not an experienced director, as shown with Tales From Earthsea two decades earlier.