After four long years, Hayao Miyazaki is making another comeback. And this time, with his son Goro Miyazaki to produce Studio Ghibli’s first ever 3D computer-animated film. The new movie is called Aya to Majo (Aya and the Witch). The movie is based on a children’s novel Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones. She is also the same author behind Howl’s Moving Castle.
For those of you who doesn’t know know Hayao Miyazaki is, he is one of founding directors of Studio Ghibli. He is the mastermind behind the Academy winning Spirited Away. Most of Studio Ghibli films are produced by Miyazaki. And a fun fact about Miyazaki, he hand draws all the characters and hardly uses computer-animated softwares as he believes in the craft of illustrating by hand that he has mastered over the years.
So now, back to Aya to Majo, the story is about a young orphan, Aya. She is suddenly whisked away to a strange new home by an evil witch. Aya found out that she has magical abilities of her own and she must use her quick wit to stay one step ahead of her wicked foster parent.
The date of the broadcast and other details have yet to be released. The film is co-produced by Studio Ghibli, NHK and NEP. There are also no plans on releasing the film theatrically in Japan. Let’s just hope that the film will be released worldwide so that we can all watch Miyazaki and his son work his magic once again.