watch the trailer for mary and the witch's flower by studio ghibli alums

Get tickets for a special preview of the film for fans in the UK.

by Jo Rosenthal
26 February 2018, 10:04am

Studio Ghibli has taken fans on a magical journey for over 30 years. Between them, co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata have released 18 animated films to date under the Ghibli name, and eight of those creations have landed on Japan's list of 15 top-grossing films of all time. In 2017, following the announcement that Miyazaki is coming out of retirement to direct his final feature film, Ghibli fever has reached all-new levels.

After Miyazaki first confirmed his retirement in 2013, he made it clear that he didn't want the studio, or its team, to stop making films. And they haven't. In fact, a crew of former Ghibli employees left the studio in 2014, to form their own animation company: Studio Ponoc, led by former Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura.

The company has now released the trailer for its first feature film, Mary and the Witch's Flower. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (also formerly of Studio Ghibli).

Based on the British children's novel The Little Broomstick, by Mary Stewart, the film follows the story of a little red-haired girl named Mary who discovers she has the power to become a witch for one night only. The animation is a wonderland of pastels and full of windy movement, just as you'd expect from Ghibli alumni.

Mary and the Witch's Flower will hit cinemas in the UK and Ireland 4 May. Tickets for a special one-night exclusive fan preview on 10 April can be purchased here.