Later this year, Studio Ghibli will release Aya to Majo ("Aya and the Witch"), a new feature film from Hayao Miyazaki. The animation auteur's son Goro Miyazaki directed the film, the first 3D-CG effort from the studio. The movie is based on the children's book Earwig and the Witch by British writer Diana Wynne Jones who also penned the novel Howl's Moving Castle upon which the 2004 Ghibli film was based. From Variety:
In a statement Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki said he was worried as to whether "Aya to Majo" could hold up in the new post-corona environment.
"I thought that a number of times while watching the rushes," he said. "Then I realized that one stand-out feature of the film is Aya's cleverness. And if you are clever you can survive in any period of history. Thinking that, I felt relieved."
image: detail of Japanese edition cover for "Aya to Majo" novel