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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.

Writers:

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

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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Even with magic lost, a promise still unfulfilled. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Hiromasa Yonebayashi screened the film for his former colleagues at Studio Ghibli. Hayao Miyazaki gave Yonebayashi a congratulations but said he wouldn't see the film. Toshio Suzuki and Isao Takahata both gave the movie praise and congratulated Yonebayashi on his work. See more »

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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 »


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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Pretty damn good
6 April 2018 | by stindereSee all my reviews

I will try to make this as short as I can:

To give context, I've watched all of studio Ghibli's movies (because this is what people are comparing this movie to) and enough hours of anime / animated movies and series to have several PhDs... That's probably not a good thing. Moving on...

The art is beautiful and the animations are amazing, sometimes reminding me of the old Disney style of animation.

The story and music are kind of where this movie falls short. The story is pretty predictable and the music is kind of generic but I still loved watching this.

This movie definitely doesn't deserve a grade under 7. If you loved the stuff by studio Ghibli, then you'll love this. It's as simple as that so go watch it.


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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:

$348,475, 21 January 2018

Gross USA:

$2,418,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,978,431
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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