'There was no Future for Studio Ghibli if I Was Just Copying What They Had Done,' says Goro Miyazaki
In an interview with Comic Natalie, Goro Miyazaki, son of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, discussed how Earwig and the Witch came about and goes into why he chose to break tradition and animate the film in 3DCG. He explained that "there was no future for this studio if I was just copying what they had done."
Miyazaki, having worked on CG animation before on with Polygon Pictures on Ronja, the Robber's Daughter, decided to adapt Earwig and the Witch as CG because he didn't want to just copy the Studio Ghibli style that his father and Toshio Suzuki popularized. He also felt "Studio Ghibli needed to do something new."
"Studio Ghibli is the anime studio Toshio Suzuki help found to get Hayao Miyazaki's work made. But, that doesn't mean the two men will continue to carry Ghibli on forever, does it? When I thought about it, I knew that there was no future for this studio if I was just making copies, well-done copies, but copies. That's when I thought to do it CG."
Miyazaki "felt that one of the things that frustrated [him] was the fact that 3DCG technology in Japan hadn't quite become mainstream in the movie industry." Which, due to his past on Ronja, helped him decide to use a different method of animation than Studio Ghibli was known for, using Kubo and the Two Strings as the inspiration behind the style and technique.
Earwig and the Witch is directed by Goro Miyazaki, and it will be Studio Ghibli's first 3DCG anime film, his father and studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki is credited for the movie's planning and development. Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki is producing the film. The animated film will be air on the NHK General channel on December 30, 2020. GKIDS will release the film sometime next year in theatres in North America.