Mary and The Witch’s Flower [Blu-ray]

From Academy Award nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi, director of When Marnie Was There and key animator on Spirited Away, comes a dazzling new adventure about a young girl who discovers a flower that grants her magical powers – but only for one night. Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte when she discovers an old broomstick and the strange flower that blossoms only once every seven years. Suddenly, Mary finds herself whisked away to Endor College – a school of magic run by Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But the school is not all that it seems, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try to set things right.

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Karen Krajenbrink on 04/29/2018 at 8:54 PM.

Studio Ponoc carries the torch of Ghibli-esque storytelling and art May this help those that grump about the “lack of originality” reviews. Think of Mary and the Witch’s Flower as a huge homage/thank you to their teachers at Studio Ghibli. If viewed in that sense (like Guillermo Del Toro drops homages to various fairytales in his works), a lot of the story/plot points make a lot more sense. I am so grateful to see Studio Ponoc carry on the torch of the master storytellers of Ghibli. This being their first movie, I can only imagine the amount of…

Jonathon Turner on 04/29/2018 at 9:16 PM.

Borrows from the great masters with charm and wondrous beauty. No classic, but pleasant enough. Studio Ghibli had long established itself as the pinnacle of Japanese animation starting in the 1980’s, but recently the studio went into hiatus, leaving most of its younger employees at a dead-end. Not to be discouraged, some of these employees decided to start a new facility of their own. Now christened as “Studio Ponoc”, this team of former Ghibli animators, led by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY and WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE) begin their career with MARY AND THE…

Anonymous on 04/29/2018 at 9:24 PM.