Since all the other Ghibli threads are about specific films.
― ledge, Thursday, 20 October 2022 15:16 (one month ago) link
I watched Earwig and the Witch with our daughter the other day. I tried to go in with an open mind but oh dear. The character models really are on a par with those low effort CGI kids shows that Netflix/whoever churn out. No detail in the faces and they move like they're on rails. Aside from one or two good looking outdoor shots near the beginning and one or two interesting rooms, for the most part it's suffocatingly set in one small cottage. The story is just a single act and Earwig has the same pollyanna attitude throughout so there's very little sense of peril or drama. There's a lot of unfilled backstory which, yes, works great in Spirited Away and others but here it really fills like a missed opportunity - twelve witches who run everything, tell me more! No? Not even a tiny bit? Ok :(
― ledge, Thursday, 20 October 2022 15:17 (one month ago) link