GKIDS has confirmed that its home video release of Studio Ghibli’s first CG feature Earwig and the Witch is identical to the version planned for Japanese theatrical screenings. GKIDS explained that the Japanese theatrical version added new footage compared to the version slated for last year’s Festival de Cannes, but has the same footage as GKIDS’ releases this year. The theatrical screenings start in Japan on April 29, 2021.
GKIDS released the film on digital platforms on March 23, 2021 and on Blu-ray Disc on April 6, 2021. The company’s home video releases includes a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo version and a Steelbook limited edition. The releases feature behind-the-scenes interviews with director Goro Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki, and Japanese cast and crew, as well as storyboards.
Goro Miyazaki’s anime adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’ novel of the same name premiered on Japanese television through NHK General on December 30, 2020. His father and studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki is credited for the movie’s planning and development. Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki produced the film. French distributor Wild Bunch International is serving as the feature’s international sales agent.
GKIDS and Fathom Events began screening the film in 430 theaters in the United States on February 3, 2021. The film ranked at #11 in the United States in its opening weekend, earning US$99,941 for a total of US$132,768. The film is screening in Japanese with English subtitles and in English. HBO Max began streaming the film in the United States on February 5, 2021.