First look of Aya and the witch has revealed on the Internet by Comic Natalie. Aya and the Witch will be the first animated movie produced by the Ghibli Studios. It is originally titled as Aya ta Majo in Japanese. Ghibli studios founded by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, is known for the beautiful hand-drawn animated movies like Spirited away and Grave of Fireflies. This new CGI animated feature film is directed by the Garo Miyazaki, son of the legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Garo Miyazaki is known for the movies like From up on the Poppy Hills, Tales of Earth Sea, he is helmed by fans as someone who could revive the Ghibli studios. Fans are divided on this issue some criticized the Studio for going this route and some fans are looking forward to this movie secretly hoping that it will reform the mainstream CGI movies forever by bringing the charm of Ghibli to the mainstream.
Plot and other details we know so far
It is based on “Earwig and the Witch,” a children’s novel by Diana Wynne Jones. Jones has also written the original source material of the iconic movie Howl’s moving castle directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
How fans reacted to this reveal
First snapshots don’t look very interesting, they simply don’t seem to live up to the great works of Ghibli. It looks like a generic CGI feature with lackluster animation. However, there is some hope maybe the polished version of the movie will look better and hopefully better. Few reactions were so harsh, for example, a fan commented that it looks like the PS2 graphics. Fans are clearly disappointed, you can clearly feel the rage in the comments section of YouTube and other social media.
Official Release Date is not confirmed yet, but it will be releasing very soon…
It was originally scheduled for a release in the official Cannes festival 2020. But Cannes Festival got cancelled due to the pandemic. Ghibli has not confirmed the release date yet. Some reliable sources have confirmed that it will be released on TV by HNK in winter but the release date is still ambiguous. We will update you if any official word comes out from Studio Ghibli.