Full US Trailer for Studio Ponoc's Anime 'Mary and the Witch's Flower'
"I mustn't give up… I made a promise…!" GKids has unveiled an official US trailer for the Japanese anime Mary and the Witch's Flower, made by Studio Ponoc. This film already opened in Japan in July, and we featured the Japanese trailers leading up to that release. Studio Ponoc is the spiritual successor to Studio Ghibli started by a bunch of former Ghibli animators. Their first film tells the story of a girl who discovers a broomstick and goes to a witches school only to learn that the animals are being kept in cages. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, with music by Takatsugu Muramatsu, based on "The Little Broomstick". This trailer features English language voices, since it will be released for one night in theaters dubbed in English. Check it out below if you're still interested. The English language version features the voice talents of Ruby Barnhill (from Spielberg's The BFG), Kate Winslet, and Jim Broadbent. Still looks wonderful to me.
Here's the official US trailer for Hiromasa Yonebayashi's Mary and the Witch's Flower, from YouTube:
It is Tib the black cat who leads Mary to the strange flower in the woods. When she discovers a broomstick shortly afterwards, she is astonished to feel it jump in to action. Before she can gather her wits, it is whisking her over the treetops, above the clouds, and in to the grounds of Endor College, where: 'All Examinations Coached for by A Competent Staff of Fully-Qualified Witches.' Here she discovers evidence of a terrible experiment in transformation - deformed and mutant animals imprisoned in cages. In the moment after her broomstick takes off, she realises that Tib has been captured. Mary and the Witch's Flower (or Meari to majo no hana in Japanese) is directed by filmmaker Hiromasa Yonebayashi, of The Secret World of Arrietty and When Marnie Was There. It's based on the book "The Little Broomstick" by Mary Stewart. The film already opened in Japan in July earlier this year. GKids will release the US version of Mary and the Witch's Flower for one night on January 18th, 2018. For more info visit Fathom Events.
Reader Feedback - 3 Comments
Yeah, it looks nicely done. But still, there's so many references, like mixture of Haryy Potter and X-man, or echo of Miyazaki's films. It will be enjoyable, of course, but I don't expect much ...
shiboleth on Dec 27, 2017
Why the limited English release?...surely, after paying for those good actors they would want to use them
kitano0 on Dec 28, 2017
Meh, some cool animation with a story that's been told many times over in different iterations. No thanks. These movies are hit and miss for me.
THE_RAW_ on Dec 29, 2017
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