Ahead of its February 5th launch on HBO Max, the streaming service has released the opening scene from Studio Ghibli’s first all-CGI outing Earwig and the Witch.
Based on Diana Wynne Jones 2011 children’s book, and directed by Tales From Earthsea’s Gorō Miyazaki, this is the first output from the legendary studio since their collaboration with Wild Bunch on 2016’s The Red Turtle.
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.