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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 (voice)
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Peter (voice)
Yûki Amami ...
Madam Mumblechook (voice)
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Doctor Dee (voice)
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The Red-Haired Witch (voice)
Jirô Satô ...
Flanagan (voice)
Ken'ichi Endô ...
Zebedee (voice)
Eri Watanabe ...
Miss Banks (voice)
Shinobu Ôtake ...
Great-Aunt Charlotte (voice)
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Tib (voice)
Lynn ...
Gib (voice)
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Peter (voice)
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Miss Banks (voice)
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Mary (voice)
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Great-Aunt Charlotte (voice)
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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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Rated PG for some action and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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8 July 2017 (Japan)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$330,052, 21 January 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,418,404, 5 April 2018
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The debut film of Studio Ponoc. See more »

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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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I was expecting more. The finished product was disappointing.
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A disappointing attempt to imulate the work of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. The film was hampered by a very bad story line and rather clumsy dialogue - it might have been a rathe indifferent English translation. I usually prefer Japanese animation in original language but this one seemed to work OK with British accents rather than the usual American which we always seem to end up with here.

The opening started out on a high with some beautiful visuals but as the film progresses the visuals tended to look like they had just stepped out of a comic book. Studio Ghibli it is not. Check out the use of shadows for example. Any frame of 'Spirited Away' looks like a painting. Most of the latter part of 'Mary' looks like a two dimensional comic book.

The music would have worked better if it had been toned down a notch. There was no need for a lush orchestral score when it would have worked better with just a chamber ensemble, or (gasp!) silence!

I was expecting more. I was disappointed.


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