Mary and The Witch's Flower

2017, Anime/Adventure, 1h 43m

90 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Mary and the Witch's Flower honors its creator's Studio Ghibli roots with a gentle, beautifully animated story whose simplicity is rounded out by its entrancing visuals. Read critic reviews

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Young Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest and discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms once every seven years. 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 and set things right.

Cast & Crew

Kate Winslet
Madam Mumblechook
Voice
Jim Broadbent
Doctor Dee
Voice
Lynda Baron
Great-Aunt Charlotte
Voice
Ewen Bremner
Flanagan
Voice
Morwenna Banks
Miss Banks
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Teresa Gallagher
The Red-Haired Witch
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Rasmus Hardiker
Zebedee
Voice
Rebecca Kidd
Light Fairy
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Riko Sakaguchi
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Audience Reviews for Mary and The Witch's Flower

  • Feb 06, 2018
    It looks like a Studio Ghibli film, it feels like one and it even sounds like one. Yet... Hiromasa Yonebyashi's latest effort is the first film of a subsequent studio; 'Studio Ponoc' founded from his former employers at Ghibli hence the character designs look so similar honoring their past legacies in this latest animated offering from the Japanese. Funnily enough I saw this film in it's English dub, featuring a cast of talented well known names and adopting a unique audible focus on it's English Countryside setting, which actually fits really well. However, despite the animation being as every bit flawless as you might expect from the Ghibli films of the past, I couldn't help but notice this film taking incidentally taking queues or beats other Ghibli films had done before. Nonetheless, despite this being an adaption of Mary Stewart's 'The Little Broomstick', it's visual palette makes up for more than enough of a satisfying viewing experience, even if it's story makes less of an emotional impact than one might think. While this film might be the lesser of Hiromasa Yonebyashi's films, it still show he's one of the brightest minds working in anime in this day and age. Here's to hoping Ponoc will continue the legacy Ghibli left behind even if the former studio itself won't surface.
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