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  1. Sep 25, 2017 · Visually, Mary and the Witch’s Flower is indistinguishable from a Ghibli film. Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi also directed Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty,...

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    The ”Fly-by-Night”

    Mary Smith moves into the northern English country estate of her Great Aunt Charlotte. The bored, friendless girl tries to make herself useful through chores, but repeatedly messes up. A local boy named Peter teases her for her clumsiness and wild red hair. Tib-cat and Gib-cat, Peter's cats, lead Mary to some mysterious glowing flowers. The gardener identifies the flowers as "fly-by-night"; legend has it that witches covet the flower for its magical power. The next day, Gib-cat disappears. Ti...

    Magic Science

    Head mistress Madam Mumblechook assumes Mary is a new pupil with Tib-cat as her familiar, and takes her on a tour of the college. She introduces Mary to Doctor Dee, the college's renowned chemistry teacher. Mary finds herself able to perform advanced spells such as invisibility. Madam and Doctor Dee become convinced that Mary is a prodigy because of her performance as well as her red hair, which is a distinguishing feature among the best witches. Mary admits that her magical ability comes fro...

    Mary Decides

    The Little Broomstick takes Mary to an isolated cottage on a tiny island that seems to be alive. Inside the cottage, Mary finds notes on spells and a mirror that Great-Aunt Charlotte uses to contact her. Through visions, Charlotte reveals that the cottage was her old home, and she used to be a red-haired pupil who excelled at Endor. One day Charlotte found fly-by-night on the campus, leading Madam and Doctor Dee to obsessively pursue a project to use the flower to transform all humans into wi...

    Main Protagonists

    Mary Smith (メアリ・スミス , Meari Sumisu) 1. The redheaded, blue eyed, freckled 11-year old protagonist of this tale. She is curious and innocent in the ways of the world. She's forlorn and unsure of herself when she first moves to her Aunt Charlotte's Red Manor. 1. Mary's adventure begins when she discovers a mysterious glowing flower called the "fly-by-night". The magic released from these flowers empowers Mary's broom, which allows her to take flight where she ends up traveling to Endor Universi...

    Residents of Red Manor

    Charlotte (シャーロット , Shārotto) 1. The kindly mistress of the Red Manor and Mary's great aunt. She watches over Mary. Flanagan (フラナガン , Furanagan) 1. Manager of the broomhouse at Endor University. He appears to be an anthropomorphic mouse. He has a strong fascination with brooms and later saves Mary and Peter's life. Miss Banks (バンクス , Bankusu) 1. The housekeeper who works at the Red Manor. A person Mary relies on for emotional support. Zebedee (ゼベディ , Zebedi) 1. The gardener in the Red Manor....

    Endor University

    Doctor Dee (ドクター・デイ , Dokutā Dei) 1. A professor and "magic scientist" and a secondary antagonist at Endor University. He studies magic transformations and cavorts with Madam Mumblechook. Madam Mumblechook (マダム・マンブルチューク , Madamu Manburuchūku) 1. The headmistress or principal and a main antagonist of Endor University. A stern and intimidating woman who seeks Mary for her transformation magic experiments.


    At the end of 2014, the animation production department of Studio Ghibli was dissolved following Hayao Miyazaki announcing his retirement in September 2013. In March 2015, Hiromasa Yonebayashi publicly expressed his desire to direct a third film for Ghibli, hoping to move away from a project like When Marnie Was There to a more action-based film like Ponyo. On April 15, 2015, Yoshiaki Nishimura, producer on The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There, still an employee of Ghibli...


    Mary and the Witch's Flower is an adaptation of British writer Mary Stewart's 1971 children's book The Little Broomstick. It was first published in 1975 in Japan and re-released with a new translation by Kadokawa in 2017 to accompany the film's release. The film's screenplay is by Riko Sakaguchi (The Tale of Princess Kaguya) and director Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Pre-production began in a building in Musashino, Tokyo, Japan in December 2015. Ponoc's operation began smoothly, starting with adverti...


    The film's production was composed of 80% of Ghibli's production staff. Much of the film's style and storytelling was greatly affected by Ghibli. According to Director Yonebayashi, "We employed lots of hand drawn animators for Mary and we are confident that we fully employed their strength and power for the hand drawn animation. With the short films we are trying to employ lots of hand drawn animation and lots of CG animation as well, and it is our challenge to mix these two medias. Hand draw...

    Box Office

    Mary and The Witch's Flowergrossed $2.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $38.6 million in other territories (including $27.6 million in Japan, $3.8 million in South Korea, $2.9 million in China and $2.6 million in France), for a worldwide total of $41 million. In Japan, the film opened at second place, grossing ¥428 million ($3.9 million) during its opening weekend; this was an increase compared to Yonebayashi's previous film, When Marnie Was There(2014), which had grossed ¥378.86...

    Composer Muramatsu Takatsugu, who also scored Yonebayashi's last film When Marnie Was There, is in charge of the soundtrack for Mary and The Witch's Flower. Joshua Messick, one of the world's leading performers of the Hammered Dulcimer, participated in the score recording.


    1. Mary - Hana Sugisaki 2. Madam Mumblechook - Yuki Amami 3. Doctor Dee - Fumiyo Kohinata 4. Flanagan - Jiro Sato 5. Great-Aunt Charlotte - Shinobu Otake 6. Peter - Ryunosuke Kamiki 7. Miss Banks - Eriko Watanabe 8. Red-haired Witch (Younger Great-Aunt Charlotte)- Hikari Mitsushima 9. Zebedee - Kenichi Endō 10. Light Fairy - Saori Hayami


    1. Mary - Ruby Barnhill 2. Madam Mumblechook- Kate Winslet 3. Doctor Dee - Jim Broadbent 4. Flanagan- Ewen Bremner 5. Great-Aunt Charlotte - Lynda Baron 6. Peter- Louis Ashbourne Serkis 7. Miss Banks - Morwenna Banks 8. Red-haired Witch (Younger Great-Aunt Charlotte)- Teresa Gallagher 9. Zebedee - Rasmus Hardiker 10. Light Fairy - Rebecca Louise Kidd Additional Voices 1. Paul Barnhill 2. Toby Davies 3. Maya Gartner 4. Yuma Gartner 5. Robbie McMullan 6. Giles New 7. John Paul Sutherland 8. Geo...

    Morinaga Milk Industry- A special TV commercial was broadcast nationwide, and a tie-in packaged product was released in late June 2017. Morinaga Milk Industry sponsored special preview screenings i...
    JA Mutual Aid - From June 1, 2017, to July 31, 2017, a personalized visual was drawn by director Hiromasa Yonebayashito all applicants for the sponsor's special site's quiz. Original goods were giv...
    Human Observation Variety Monitoring - A TV special called Impossible Voice Actor Auditionwas broadcast on July 13, 2017. Actors Sugisaki and Kamiki as well as Yuki Kaji participated in the role of...

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  3. Dec 20, 2017 · With its debut feature, “Mary and the Witch’s Flower,” Studio Ponoc in Japan offered a new kind of anime fantasy drawn from the DNA of Studio Ghibli. And for founder and former Ghibli ...

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  4. in 2015, when things seemed grim for the future of Studio Ghibli, a group of veteran staffers left to form Studio Ponoc. Aiming to carry the spirit of Ghibli...

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  5. Mary and the Witch's Flower ( Japanese: メアリと魔女の花, Hepburn: Meari to Majo no Hana) is a 2017 Japanese animated fantasy film co-written and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, produced by Studio Ponoc founder Yoshiaki Nishimura, animated by Studio Ponoc, and distributed by Toho in Japan.

    • Meari to Majo no Hana
    • Riko Sakaguchi, Hiromasa Yonebayashi
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