Mary and the Witch’s Flower is an enchanting film for the family coming to select theaters January 18. This is the first feature film from Studio Ponoc, produced by Yoshiaki Nishimura and directed by Academy Award-nominated Hiromasa Yonebayashi (animator on Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle) — both veterans of the legendary Studio Ghibli.
The film is an adaptation of the 1971 children’s novel The Little Broomstick written by British author Mary Stewart. The heroine is Mary, a little red-headed girl who lives with her great aunt in the country. She finds herself in the middle of an amazing adventure when she follows a black cat into the forest and is led to a magical broomstick and the rare Fly-By-Night flower, which blossoms only once every seven years.
The flower grants powers to the beholder, but only for one night. Mary, transformed into a witch, is whisked off by the broomstick and taken to a school of magic. Despite the the magical fun, Mary gets into trouble when she tells a lie and must risk her life to set things right.
The cast features the voices of Ruby Barnhill and Academy Award winners Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent.
The movie will play in theaters as both English-dubbed and subtitled. Gkids and Fathom Events is hosting a special one-night premiere event in select theaters nationwide on January 18. Tickets can be purchased here.
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