ANIME FIRST LOOK: Yonebayashi’s “Mary and The Witch’s Flower” – Animation Scoop

ANIME FIRST LOOK: Yonebayashi’s “Mary and The Witch’s Flower”

Dropping today is the teaser trailer for Mary and The Witch’s Flower, the first animated feature from Studio Ponoc, the latest directorial effort from former top Ghibli animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi (director, When Marnie Was There, The Secret World of Arriety). Based on “The Little Broomstick” by Mary Stewart, the screenplay was adapted by Riko Sakaguchi and Yonebayashi. Here’s the first look:

This is the first animated feature produced by Studio Ponoc. “Ponoc” means around 12 midnight in Croatian, – or in other words, “a new beginning”. The studio was established by ex-Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura in 2015. Many ex-Ghibli staff have joined the studio for this production – and it shows.

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Jerry Beck

Jerry Beck

Writer, cartoon producer and author of more than 15 books on animation history. A former studio exec with Nickelodeon and Disney; currently on the faculty at both CalArts in Valencia and Woodbury University in Burbank.
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  • Maciek

    Looks like Kiki meets Ponyo… and that’s cool wit me 🙂