Hayao Miyazaki: 'I Won't See' Mary and the Witch's Flower Film

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Hayao Miyazaki: 'I Won't See' Mary and the Witch's Flower Film

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Thursday, Jun. 22, 2017



Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi revealed at a special talk event for Studio Ponoc and his upcoming Mary and the Witch's Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) anime film that Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki said he will not see the film. Hana Sugisaka (voice of Mary), Ryunosuke Kamiki (Peter), Fumiyo Kohinata (Doctor Dee), Jiro Sato (Flanagan), Kenichi Endo (Zebedee), Shinobu Ōtake (Charlotte), and producer Yoshiaki Nishimura also attended the event.

The film is based on Mary Stewart's book The Little Broomstick. Studio Ponoc scouted locations in Shropshire, U.K., the setting of the original novel. Amazon's description of the original The Little Broomstick novel describes the story:

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.' Here she discovers evidence of a terrible experiment in transformation - deformed and mutant animals imprisoned in cages. In the moment after her broomstick takes off, she realises that Tib has been captured. Returning to the College the following day, she manages to free the animals, but not before the Head of the college, Miss Mumblechook, and her colleague, Doctor Dee, have seen her. Mary manages to flee ...but the evil pair are in hot pursuit!

The film will open in Japan on July 8. Studio Ponoc's YouTube channel is streaming an English-subtitled version of the new trailer, which previews rock band SEKAI NO OWARI's theme song "RAIN."

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