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First look at Studio Ghibli’s new film ‘Aya and the Witch’

Famed Japanese animation film company, Studio Ghibli, have shared the first look at their upcoming new CGI film Aya and the Witch.

The new project arrives as the first feature-length project that is fully 3D CG-animated. The film is loosely based on Diana Wynne Jones’ 2011 children’s book Earwig And the Witch.

Aya and the Witch, which has been overseen by Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki, was directed by his son Goro Miyazaki.

“If Pippi Longstocking is the story of the world’s strongest girl, Aya is the story of the world’s smartest girl. Aya is cheeky but somehow cute,” the studio said in a statement through EW.

Adding: “I hope she is loved by many types of people. By the way, I thought Aya reminded me of someone, then it turned out it was Goro himself, who was the director of the movie. When I told that to him he looked bashful.”

Discussing the film, which was originally pencilled in for a premiere at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, Ghibli co-founder and producer Toshio Suzuki said earlier this month.“After corona[virus], how [does] the world change? That’s the biggest concern for many types of people now. Even the movie and television industry can’t avoid that.”

“Can Aya and the Witch do well after corona? I thought about that many times when I was watching the early footage. Then I realised the big characteristic of the movie is Aya’s wisdom. If only we have wisdom, we can overcome anything in any era. When I thought about that, I was relieved.”

Suzuki added: “If Pippi Longstocking is the story of the world’s strongest girl, then Aya is the story of the world’s smartest girl. Aya is cheeky but somehow cute. I hope she is loved by many types of people.

“By the way, I thought Aya reminded me of someone, then it turned out it was Gorō himself, who was the director of the movie. When I told that to him he looked bashful.”

See a selection of images taken from the project, below.

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(Credit: Studio Ghibli)
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(Credit: Studio Ghibli)

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