Studio Ghibli has unveiled the first images for their first fully computer-generated animated feature “Aya and the Witch”.
Recently named a title for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Goro Miyazaki (“From Up on Poppy Hill,” “Tales from Earthsea”) helms the project based on British author Diana Wynne Jones’ “Earwig and the Witch” – the second Ghibli feature to adapt her work following “Howl’s Moving Castle”.
The story follows Aya, a young girl who has grown up an orphan at St. Morwald’s Home for Children and blissfully unaware that she’s the daughter of a witch. That changes the day she ends up being adopted by a witch – living in a mysterious house full of invisible rooms, potions, and spell books, with magic around every corner.
While Goro’s father and filmmaking legend Hayao Miyazaki is working on his own hand-drawn animated feature, he credited as “planning” the movie and helping out behind the scenes as he did on “The Secret World of Arrietty”.
GKids has generally handled North American distribution for Ghibli works, but no word if that’s the case here.