There’s no denying, we miss we miss Studio Ghibli and even the news that Hayao Miyazaki is returning, it’s still a few years away. Studio Ponoc founded by Studio Ghibli veterans Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura hope to provide that gap and this Spring Mary And The Witch’s Flower their first feature will arrive in the UK cinemas.We can’t wait to see this.
Last month we brought you the first UK Trailer courtesy of Altitude Films, today they have sent us a new first clip from the movie. The clip showcases the opening scene lasting 2 minutes a glimpse at the visual excellence. Also if Studio Ghibli was to end Studio Ponoc is ready to step up and keep the legacy going for future generations…
Mary and The Witch’s Flower combines an exhilarating tale with the unique richness, art, and animation of Studio Ghibli-style storytelling, revealing the exciting and surprising adventure of Mary, an ordinary twelve-year-old girl. Bored and lonely during a summer holiday, Mary follows an odd cat into the nearby woods where she stumbles upon a flower and then a little broomstick. Together the flower and broomstick whisk her above the clouds, far away to Endor College – a school of magic!
At Endor, Mary tells a lie that leads to peril, and then a promise, while discovering that all is not as it seems at the school – there are experiments that horrify! Soon she confronts great danger and a test of her resolve.
Mary and The Witch’s Flower is a sublime blend of magic and fantasy that will sweep audiences along with its charming, heartfelt adventure. Along with the beautiful and distinctive animation style that we have come to instantly recognise and love, this film sparks the sense of wonder, and will delight the world’s children and adults alike.
Mary and The Witch’s Flower now has an official release date and will be in the UK and Irish cinemas from 18th May. The movies English-language voice cast includes Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent, Ewen Bremner, Lynda Baron, Louis Ashbourne Serkis, and Morwenna Banks.