The upcoming Aya and the Witch from Studio Ghibli is very different to their usual offerings, in that it’s the first time they’re making a CG anime movie. You’ll be relieved to know that the signature art-style carries through in the character design though.
The film is an adaptation of the book, Earwig and the Witch, and it’s described as the story of a girl who didn’t know her mother was a witch.
Goro Miyazaki also gave a statement on the film to NHK:
“In Japan today, there are many adults, and few children. I think it must be hard for that small number of kids, because they have to deal with so many adults. While I was thinking about that, I met Aya, and I thought, ‘Ah, this is it! This is how to deal with them.’
So please watch Aya and the Witch and see how she deals with adults who are a pain in the neck. I sincerely hope that our Aya, who has a mean streak but is cute, will give courage to children and energize adults.”
We don’t yet have hi-res versions of the images above, but they do give us a glimpse at some more characters in the film. We also got the first look at the logo:
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