Earwig and the Witch, the animated film from Studio Ghibli, just announced the voice cast for its English dub.
Richard E. Grant, Kacey Musgraves, Vanessa Marshall and more will take on roles in the feature.
Earwig and the Witch follows a headstrong orphan named Earwig who lives with a selfish witch. Then she embarks on a journey to meet her mother, who has magical powers. Upon her trek, Earwig discovers a world of spells and potions… and a mysterious song that may help her find her lost family.
Marshall plays Bella Yaga, the witch, with Grant voicing the Mandrake.
Country music star Kacey Musgraves will voice Earwig’s mother. The six-time Grammy award winner will also perform an English language version of the film’s theme, “Don’t Disturb Me.”
Newcomer Taylor Paige Henderson voices Earwig herself. Dan Stevens voices Thomas. Additional voice cast members include Pandora Colin, JB Blanc, Logan Hannan, Summer Jenkins, and Vivienne Rutherford.
The film’s story is inspired by Diana Wynne Jones’ book of the same name. Studio Ghibli previously adapted Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle.
Earwig and the Witch comes from director Goro Miyazaki (From Up On Poppy Hill). The movie will be Studio Ghibli’s first full-length production created entirely with CG animation.
We don’t have a trailer for the English dub yet, but you can watch the original Japanese version below.
GKIDS will distribute the English dub in North America in 2021.
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