From Studio Ghibli alumni and Academy Award nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi (When Marnie Was There), the newly formed Studio Ponoc will take flight in UK cinemas next year with their magical first feature film, Mary and the Witch’s Flower. Today, Altitude has released the first English dubbed trailer and official release poster of the film via The Telegraph.
The English language cast is led by 13-year old Ruby Barnhill (Steven Spielberg’s The BFG) and is supported by the talents of Kate Winslet (Titanic), Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Ewen Bremner (Transpotting).
Based on The Little Broomstick by British author Mary Stewart, AnimeNewsNetwork describes the film’s story as:
It is Tib the black cat who leads Mary to the strange flower in the woods. When she discovers a little broomstick shortly afterwards, she is astonished to feel it jump in to action. Before she can gather her wits, it is whisking her over the treetops, above the clouds, and in to the grounds of Endor College, where: ‘All Examinations Coached for by A Competent Staff of Fully-Qualified Witches.’
Mary and the Witch’s Flower will be released in UK cinemas at a currently unspecified time next year – but keep an eye on Anime UK News for future updates!