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Studio Ghibli’s first entirely 3D CG movie arrives this winter

The new movie is called Aya and the Witch

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Though Hayao Miyazaki’s new movie, How Do You Live?, is still a few years away from completion, another new Studio Ghibli movie will air on NHK, Japan’s biggest TV station, this winter.

Aya and the Witch, an adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’ children’s book Earwig and the Witch, focuses on an orphan girl whose life changes when a witch adopts her. This marks the second time Studio Ghibli has adapted one of Jones’ works after Howl’s Moving Castle. Though director’s credit goes to Hayao’s son Goro, Hayao Miyazaki is still credited with overseeing production.

The film will also be Studio Ghibli’s first entirely 3D CG movie. Goro Miyazaki has worked in computer animation before with the TV series Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter, which was a Studio Ghibli co-production, and the elder Miyazaki has also dabbled in computer animation with his short film Boro the Caterpillar, though he has returned to hand-drawn animation for How Do You Live?

There’s no set date yet for Aya and the Witch’s TV debut, nor any news on its release outside of Japan, but it is planned to air on NHK later this year.

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