Beloved animation facility Studio Ghibli may have stopped producing full length films, but that doesn't mean the magic has gone. Now, rising like a phoenix, is Studio Ponoc, formed by several of the animators from Ghibli.
Adapting Mary Stewart's The Littlest Broomstick, Mary And The Witch's Flower finds young Mary meeting a black cat and discovering a strange flower in the woods. Before long, she is flying over the treetops on a broomstick and discovering a world of magic. Arriving at Endor College, which purports to teach magic, she discovers a dark purpose lurking at its heart and resolves to stop it.
Hiromasa Yonebayashi, director of The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) and When Marnie Was There (2014), is overseeing this one alongside writer Riko Sakaguchi (The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya) and a team that formed Studio Ponoc last year after leaving Studio Ghibli. We don't yet know when Mary And The Witch's Flower will be released globally (the trailer only says 2017), nor whether Walt Disney Pictures will be working on a translated version. But this is certainly good news.
Mary And The Witch's Flower is out in Japan this July.