Fathom Events premiered Mary and The Witch’s Flower as its January Feature. I passed a hefty line outside my local AMC theater on January 18. Of course, I had a work conflict. So, I could only stare at the line in geeky envy.
If anime isn’t your usual fandom, Mary and The Witch’s Flower is the debut feature by Studio Ponoc. After iconic Japanese studio, Studio Ghibli shuttered its doors, several animators formed the new studio.
Directed by veteran, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, this anime tells the story of a young witch exploring a world of magic. It’s based on 1971 novel The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart. The dubbed English version stars the voices of Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet, and Jim Broadbent.
Mary and the Witch’s Flower official synopsis:
Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. She follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years and only in that forest. 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 to set things right.
Now, thanks to the premiere event grossing $1.1 million, Fathom Events returns Mary and the Witch’s Flower to theaters for two additional days.
The encore screening for the English dubbed version will be Saturday, February 24. The original Japanese version encores on Monday, February 26.
You better believe I’ll have a place in line this time around.
The trailer visuals indicate the legacy of Studio Ghibli definitely lives on:
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