Ex-Studio Ghibli Animators Reunite for Upcoming Film

A shot from the film | Photo: Slate

A shot from the film | Photo: Slate

A teaser trailer for Mary and the Witch’s Flower has just dropped, and boy doesn’t it just look like another Studio Ghibli performance?

Mary and the Witch’s Flower won’t be a Studio Ghibli production, but it’s the next best thing: the inaugural release from Studio Ponoc, a new company founded by Ghibli’s Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura and employing several of its key animators.

The new film is based on Mary Stewart’s fantasy novel The Little Broomstick, and The Telegraph‘s Robbie Collin, in his feature interviewing the Ponoc founders, explains that the film, though it looks like a traditional Ghibli film (in very specific and wonderful ways), it’s going to be very much about looking forward to the future rather than being nostalgic for the past, as most Ghibli films are.

The film is currently set to be released in Japan this summer, and according to Slate, there’s more good news for Ghibli fans: After the success of its Spirited Away screenings early this month, Fathom Events will bring Miyazki’s Princess Mononoke back to theaters in January, and the studio’s 1993 movie Ocean Waves will get its long-overdue first U.S. release beginning December 28, courtesy of GKids.

You may also like...

%d bloggers like this: