Studio Ghibli may no longer be making feature films for now, but their former staff members certainly are! Hiromasa Yonebayashi, director of The Secret World of Arrietty and When Marnie Was There, is working on Mary and the Witch's Flower.
Don't worry about the quality, because the majority of the film staff are former Studio Ghibli members! Mary and The Witch's Flower is the first film from Studio Ponec and many people are viewing this studio as the next generation of Studio Ghibli.
Have u guys seen this?!!— ArtofDylan (@ArtofDylan) December 15, 2016
It's "Mary and the witch's flower" to my surprise it's not by ghibli but by Studio ponoc! Can't wait!! pic.twitter.com/VpcIrQfBzn
THE NEW STUDIO GHIBLI MOVIE IM YELLING MARY LOOKS LIKE A MIX OF PONYO X HOWL— kat (@chaefrog) December 16, 2016
First Teaser for Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’— Лера Солнце (@ConsreloiStamcu) December 16, 2016
A new Studio Ghibli film?! Not quite. It’s a new Studio Ponoc film... pic.twitter.com/dclRzFnXKT
Ooo, Mary's Flower looks interesting. It's funny to see how people keep the style the learned from working somewhere. In this case, Ghibli.— Xcomp (@xcompr) December 16, 2016
Mary and The Witch's Flower is based on the 1971 British children novel by Mary Stewart titled The Little Broomstick. The original short story of The Little Broomstick from 1847 is the German version of Beauty and the Beast, which involves a special rose, an angry beast, and evil sisters being turned into stone columns. Mary Stewart adapted the story in 1971 to focus on the poor side character called Little Broomstick. The adapted story follows a girl named Mary and a magic cat named Tib. After discovering a strange flower and a broomstick, Mary is whisked away to the magical Endor College. To Mary's shock, she finds that the witches have been using animals for grotesque transformation experiments.
It seems like this project will have themes similar to Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service and Howl's Moving Castle although the original source material has roots in Beauty and the Beast.
Mary and the Witch's Flower will premier in Japanese theaters in the Summer of 2017.
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