Netflix Sells Studio Ghibli's Earwig and the Witch for All Markets Outside of the United States, Japan, and Canada
Netflix has expanded its vast pool of licensed content from Japans Studio Ghibli, picking up the famous anime house's most recent film Earwig and the Witch.
Like the 21 other Studio Ghibli titles that have been in Netflixs stable since last year, the streamer has rights to the new feature for all countries except the United States and Japan. HBO Max has the U.S. streaming rights to the new film, as well as most of Ghiblis catalog.
Earwig and the Witch will be released on Japanese television in 2020, and is based on Diana Wynne Jones' novel of the same name. It is directed by Goro Miyazaki, the son of studio founder Hayao Miryazoki's son. The film is about a headstrong young girl who grew up in an orphanage and her life changes dramatically when he or she is taken in by snooty couples and forced to live with obnoxious witches.
Goro Miyazaki stated in a statement that "were delighted that our film Earwig and the Witch will be released on Netflix in many countries and regions." Studio Ghiblis first fully 3D CGI film, which provided us with an exciting challenge to reflect the spirit and pride of our studio using this new art form. Through that experience, we met Earwig, our rebellious protagonist who learns to overcome obstacles with her wits and unrelenting energy. We hope you will enjoy our Earwig as much as you did spending time with the main characters in our last 21 films.
Aram Yacoubian, director of animation film at Netflix, stated, Were extremely fortunate to continue expanding the Studio Ghibli film lineup on Netflix by streaming Earwig and the Witch. Goro Miyazaki's highly anticipated new film will give a new perspective to the wildly popular Studio Ghibli films. 55 million households have since 2020 chosen to watch a Studio Ghibli film on Netflix in countries and territories where we stream Studio Gibli films (except in the United States and Japan), and that number will only rise further. Weve been blown away by the positive response from viewers everywhere, demonstrating that stories can be written from anywhere, and can easily be enjoyed everywhere.
Earwig and the Witch will be released on Netflix in its dedicated markets on Nov. 18 in the United States. The film will be available to Netflix subscribers around the world in over 30 languages.