Studio Ghibli may be RIP but that doesn’t mean it’s ex-employees are going to stop making magical movies. Enter: Mary and the Witch’s Flower, a brand new feature film from Studio Ghibli alumni Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura. Hiromasa, the guy behind When Marnie Was There, will direct the project with Yoshiaki producing. This is the first film from Studio Ponoc, which was cofounded by the pair and employs heaps of other ex-Studio Ghibli staffers.
Like most great Studio Ghibli films, the movie stars a badass female protagonist on a journey of self-discovery. The teaser trailer features beaut natural landscapes, a burning house, some weird flying dolphins and call-backs to Kiki’s Delivery Service. The story is an adaptation of Mary Stewart’s children’s book The Little Broomstick (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), which centres on a young girl named Mary who finds a broomstick in the forest that takes her to a witches’ school. Dope.
The film is due out in late 2017, check out the teaser trailer below.
Photo: Studio Ponoc
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