GKIDS, the distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, will release Studio Ghibli’s new feature Earwig and the Witch in both theaters and on streaming in early February 2021, followed by a home entertainment release in Spring 2021. Tickets are on sale now for the film’s theatrical debut on February 3, 2021, in both Japanese subtitled and English dub versions. The film will appear in select theaters nationwide with longtime partner, Fathom Events, as well as independent theater circuits. At Fathom Events screenings, in addition to the full feature, audiences can look forward to a special interview with director Goro Miyazaki, and producer Toshio Suzuki. For fans looking forward to viewing Earwig and the Witch at home, starting February 5, 2021, the film will also be available to stream in the United States on HBO Max.
Tickets for Earwig and the Witch are available now at EarwigMovie.com and participating box offices. Ticketing setup is at the discretion of local theaters. Audiences unable to purchase tickets at their local theater are advised to continue to check back for updated ticket availability, especially closer to the event date.
The latest film from Japan’s Studio Ghibli is directed by Goro Miyazaki and produced by studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki, with planning from Academy Award®-winner Hayao Miyazaki. An official selection for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, the film aired on NHK in Japan on December 30, 2020. Based on the children’s novel by Diana Wynne Jones, the film marks Studio Ghibli’s first CGI animated feature and first feature film production in four years.
The English language cast features the voices of Richard E. Grant, Kacey Musgraves and Dan Stevens, as well as Taylor Paige Henderson as Earwig. In addition to her debut voice acting role as Earwig’s Mother, six-time Grammy Award winner Kacey Musgraves sings the English language version of the film’s theme song, “Don’t Disturb Me.”
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.