Trailer Revealed for Studio Ponoc’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower

While you may not have heard of Studio Ponoc, you will no doubt have heard of Studio Ghibli. This is why this trailer is quite exciting to see. Studio Ponoc was created by a team made mostly of the people who made up Studio Ghibli, and is their first feature since the studio stopped making films. Watch the trailer and see what you think.

Ponoc is the studio founded by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty, When Marnie Was There) and his producer Yoshiaki Nishimura (producer of the company’s When Marnie Was There and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya) after Studio Ghibli ceased feature production – they have hired most of the original Ghibli animation team for continuity. Their first feature is MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER. Like some of the Ghibli favourites it’s adapted from a British children’s novel – The Little Broomstick by Mary Stuart and has all the fantastical elements of best of their work and a strong young female heroine. it’s an adventure set in a School of Witchcraft and wizardry that has a dark secret..

Employing the majority of the animators from Studio Ghibli when it announced it was ceasing feature production, Studio Ponoc has made Mary and The Witch’s Flower featuring the same lush and evocative animation Studio Ghibli was so legendary for, carrying the torch forward into another generation.

Like some of the favourite Studio Ghibli films, Mary is based on an English Children’s novel – The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, the film tells a story of a young girl called Mary who finds a mysterious flower that can give her the power to become a witch, transporting her to a school for witchcraft and wizardry that harbours a dark secret. The English dub of Mary and the Witch’s Flower will feature Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent, Ewen Bremner and Louis Serkis.

Mary and the Witch's Flower
Mary and the Witch’s Flower will be in UK cinemas Spring 2018.

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