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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 »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hana Sugisaki ... Mary (voice)
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Peter (voice)
Yûki Amami Yûki Amami ... Madam Mumblechook (voice)
Fumiyo Kohinata ... Doctor Dee (voice)
Hikari Mitsushima ... The Red-Haired Witch (voice)
Jirô Satô ... Flanagan (voice)
Ken'ichi Endô 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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The magic returns. See more »


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

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 July 2017 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$330,052, 21 January 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,418,404, 5 April 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film made its American Premiere through Fathom Events, who had a part in Re-Releasing Several Studio Ghibli Films the year before hand leading up to the film's release. 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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Sort of like "Kiki's Delivery Service". "Frankenstein" and "Harry Potter" merged into one.
6 August 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

One of Studio Ghibli's most wonderful films was "Kiki's Delivery Service"---an anime movie about a young witch who goes into the world to find herself. In many ways, "Mary and the Witch's Flower" is like taking Kiki from that classic movie and sending her to Hogwarts! Seriously.

When the story begins, Mary seems to be a pretty ordinary young girl. However, when she meets a black cat in the forest and finds a broom, something very strange happens....a weird slime pours from a flower onto her hands and instantly she can fly using the broom. She has no idea what she's doing but soon she and the cat are in a far away magical land with talking animals as well as a witch's school....Endor! But things aren't all happy and laughter there....and after a while she isn't sure who to trust. What's next? Well, it's a bit like "Frankenstein"...but you'll have to see for yourself.

This film is based on Mary Stewart's 1971 story "The Little Broomstick"....which came out long before Kiki or Harry Potter....so although similar to the other stories, it is an original as well. I have never read this book nor had I heard of it before seeing the movie.

So it is any good? Well, the animation quality is excellent and although it looks just like a Studio Ghibli movie, it's instead made by a different Japanese studio. I liked the film quite a bit. I only really have one quibble...the resolution to the story was very fast and not especially satisfying.


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