Ghibli’s Earwig and the Witch Lines Up Theatrical and Streaming Dates

Earwig and the Witch


GKIDS is about to unleash the first fully CG-animated feature from Studio Ghibli, Earwig and the Witch, and the latest update is here with specific dates. First up is a run in select theaters across the U.S. starting February 3, followed by a streaming debut on HBO Max on February 5


Here’s the recent dub trailer from December:



Six-time Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves performs the English version’s theme song and features in the dub cast alongside Richard E. Grant and Dan Stevens.



Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions, and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted. 


The latest film from the legendary Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and more) is directed by Goro Miyazaki (From Up on Poppy Hill, Tales from Earthsea) and produced by studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki, with planning on the feature from Academy Award®-winner Hayao Miyazaki. Featuring the voices of Richard E. Grant, Kacey Musgraves and Dan Stevens, Earwig and the Witch additionally features an English language theme song performance by six-time Grammy Award-winner Kacey Musgraves. Based on the children’s novel by Diana Wynne Jones (“Howl’s Moving Castle”), the film marks Studio Ghibli’s first 3DCG animated feature.


Local ordinances are different depending on where you live. If you’re in an area showing Earwig and the Witch, exercise caution before venturing out. You can learn more about how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 at the CDC website




Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his brand new comic, MONSTER FLIGHT, at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

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