Earwig and the Witch are the second film in the Princess and the Frog franchise. It's widely considered a great film and well worth the time spent. If you enjoy the first one, this will be a good one to add to your collection. Like the first movie, this one does a fantastic job of combining visual attractiveness with a compelling story.
Earwig and the Witch are an animated cartoon about a young princess, orphaned at a very young age, and an evil witch who have taken up residence in her magical realm. The plot is that she wishes to rule the world, but she must find the courage to accept that power. The anime style and animation aren't the best, but they aren't bad either. The movie is made by the studio known as Studio Trigger, a pretty name for a company that makes very forgettable movies.
If you haven't seen the first movie, or even heard of it, I suggest you check it out online. If you have seen the first studio movie, I recommend going back and watching it again in HD to see if it holds up the same as it did the first time around. If you've already seen the movie or have already seen the second studio release, you should definitely go watch the original version. In either case, I wouldn't be surprised to see a third installment out in the near future.
In the story, a young woman named Lyra enters North America after her family is brutally murdered. She makes her way through the snowy wastes of the Canadian tundra to Alaska, where she encounters a large bear who attacks her. After a brief fight, Lyra is forced to seek help from Witch. Witch is actually an old woman that was a close friend of Lyra's mother. The two are able to escape the bear and Lyra eventually makes her way home. Unfortunately, Witch has followed her there and now controls Lyra's unborn child.
Based off of an original Japanese story (Yasutoraime), Earwig and the Witch is a charming animated film from Toyokawa. The film follows the story quite well and introduces a unique plot that is humorous in a way that most animated films nowadays are not. With this unique story and some great acting performances from the lead role, I would call this a very strong animated film.
If you like cute little Disney princesses then you'll love this movie. If you enjoy fairy tales with a little bit of a darker edge then this is the perfect animated film for you. If you're an anime fan this is the perfect animated film for you. Either way, I recommend Earwig and the Witch to anyone who loves fairy tales with a touch of darkness and a little bit of fantasy. It's a brilliant little film that will make you laugh and smile.