Mary and the Witch's Flower

Mary and the Witch's Flower

Hiromasa Yonebayashi (2017)

98min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A curious young girl named Mary finds a magic flower and is whisked away to a land of witches in this vivid family adventure. Directed by Studio Ghibli alumnus Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arriety, When Marnie Was There), the story keeps things straight forward, avoiding a lot of the pitfalls of Hollywood storytelling in the process. We're quickly swept off on a colourful ride filled with fantastic creatures and dastardly villains, who are brought to life by an excellent English voice cast including Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent. And in Mary, the film also has a different kind of hero, and one whose journey is as much about self-acceptance as it is saving the day. Wrapping adventure in spectacular animation, Mary and the Witch's Flower is a sweet and simple family story that entertains without demanding too much from the viewer. It may lack the emotional heft of classic Japanese anime, but it gets the basics right.

Summary

A strange flower grants a girl magic powers. Animated adventure based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, featuring the voice of Hana Sugisaki, Ryunosuke Kamiki and Yuki Amami. In Japanese.

Cast & Crew

Mary Ruby Barnhill
Madame Mumblechook Kate Winslet
Doctor Dee Jim Broadbent
Peter Louis Ashbourne Serkis
Flanagan Ewen Bremner
Zebedee Rasmus Hardiker
Miss Banks Morwenna Banks
Great Aunt Charlotte Lynda Baron
The Red-Haired Witch Teresa Gallagher
Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: AltitudeAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 4 May 2018
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