In terms of animation in general, I’m not too familiar with what’s going on internationally, but in Japan I have a feeling that a lot of animation still looks like animation, but many studios integrate 3DCG while maintaining the hand-drawn look. . Using the best of both worlds.
You said Earwig is different from all the Studio Ghibli heroines. How? ‘Or’ What?
She cannot stand and does not persevere. She doesn’t hold back. She does not calmly endure what is happening.
So it was important for your version of the character.
With a lot of Japanese, they feel one thing, but they don’t show it. They act in a different way from what they actually feel. Earwig doesn’t have that. She doesn’t hold back her feelings. She’s very honest that way.
Music is a big part of this movie. How important was it to you to do it right?
One of the things was that since these were the first full 3DCG movies for Studio Ghibli, I thought we might as well start with everything. Along with the music, I decided to use rock music, which I was a huge fan of growing up. When you think of Earwig, he’s not someone who moans or is disheartened, but someone who knows what she wants to do and what she wants in her life and thinks about it. reach. It is “very active and energetic. When you think that if the music that would suit his character, it wouldn’t be classic. From there, I thought rock music would be quite appropriate.
What has been the impact of the pandemic on your industry?
For “Earwig”, the film was almost finished at the end of March because we wanted to finish it so that we could present it at the Cannes Film Festival in May. So it was over when the Japanese government announced a state of emergency and we went into lockdown. So we were very lucky that way. We were not very affected by the pandemic. However, if you look at the industry, obviously we’ve been encouraged to stay at home, so people have to work remotely. The voiceover process has people in a very closed environment and it was difficult to get around. Many of the films that have been made have had to push back their release dates. So there was also an economic impact on our industry.
With a lot of animators, they are also artists and very sensitive souls. And so in these times like the pandemic, there is a lot of uncertainty and worry and concern. Even if we tell them it’s a very clean environment, it still costs them mentally and therefore they can’t draw physically. So it was very difficult for a lot of people.
“Earwig and the Witch” hits theaters February 3 and on HBO Max February 5.