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Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017)

Meari to majo no hana (original title)
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Based on "The Little Broomstick" by Mary Stewart, a strange flower grants a girl magic powers.

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Mary Stewart (based on the novel "The Little Broomstick" by) (as Mearî Suchuâtô), Riko Sakaguchi (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hana Sugisaki ... Mary (voice)
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Peter (voice)
Yûki Amami ... Madam Mumblechook (voice)
Fumiyo Kohinata ... Doctor Dee (voice)
Hikari Mitsushima ... The Red-Haired Witch (voice)
Jirô Satô ... Flanagan (voice)
Ken'ichi Endô ... Zebedee (voice)
Eri Watanabe Eri Watanabe ... Miss Banks (voice)
Shinobu Ôtake Shinobu Ôtake ... Great-Aunt Charlotte (voice)
Ikue Ôtani ... Tib (voice)
Lynn Lynn ... Gib (voice)
Ruby Barnhill ... Mary (voice)
Kate Winslet ... Madam Mumblechook (voice)
Jim Broadbent ... Doctor Dee (voice)
Ewen Bremner ... Flanagan (voice)
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Storyline

Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. She follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years and only in that forest. Together the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds and far away to Endor College - a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and, when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try to set things right. Based on Mary Stewart's 1971 classic children's book "The Little Broomstick", "Mary and The Witch's Flower" is an action-packed film full of jaw-dropping imaginative worlds, ingenious characters, and the stirring, heartfelt story of a young girl trying to find a place in the world. Featuring the voices of Ruby Barnhill and Academy ...

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From a single lie, everything will change. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some action and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the US, Universal Pictures released the Blu-Ray & DVD. See more »

Goofs

It is set in England, but the girl rehearsing arriving at her new but ordinary school bows to the teacher. Maybe normal in Japan, but not in modern Britain. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Chronic Rift: Some Things to Think About (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

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Music by Shin'ichi Nakajima (as Nakajin), Saori Fujisaki (as Saori) and Satoshi Fukase (as Fukase)
Lyrics by Saori Fujisaki (as Saori) and Satoshi Fukase (as Fukase)
Performed by Sekai no Owari (as SEKAI NO OWARI)
Courtesy of Toy's Factory
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Animation meets Ghibli-level expectations, story.. not so much.
22 January 2018 | by firebolt2-915-144553See all my reviews

Studio Ponoc, heir apparent to Studio Ghibli, makes a decent start with Mary & the Witch's Flower.

Animation is lush and gorgeous to look at, and is very reminiscent of the work we're used to from Studio Ghibli - and as anyone who's familiar with Ghibli's work can tell you, that is a pretty high bar to meet. I saw the English dubbed version, and the voice acting was excellent as well - especially Ruby Barnhill as Mary. Background score was quite good too.

Story, however, was a bit disappointing. Not saying that it was bad, it just felt a bit devoid of heart and there were quite a few plot holes which were hard to overlook. Character motivations were hard to explain, and the wizarding world Mary stumbles into feels empty, though it is supposed to be a thriving world. Then again, I complain because I was expecting something of Ghibli standards.

It was a fun movie to experience, and I'm glad Studio Ponoc exists - not only because I expect bigger and better things from them in the future, but also because something as beautiful as the tradition of Ghibli animated movies needs be kept alive.

7/10


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 July 2017 (Japan) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$348,475, 21 January 2018

Gross USA:

$2,418,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,978,431
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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