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Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2017) | Official Trailer (English trailer here)

This is the feature film debut of Studio Ponoc, which was founded in 2015 by ex-Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura and is staffed by many former Ghibli employees. The film is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (When Marnie Was There, Arriety) and based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart. More info at ANN.


Trailer: Arrietty & Marnie Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi Launches New Studio and New Feature Film: Mary And The Witch Flower (2017)

Studio Ponoc, the anime studio founded by former Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura, announced its first feature length anime film Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) on Thursday. The anime will debut in summer 2017. The film is based on Mary Stewart’s book The Little Broomstick.

Studio Ponoc posted both a Japanese and an English trailer. While the Japanese trailer reveals a summer 2017 debut, the English trailer just lists a 2017 debut.

Yonebayashi previously stated that he wanted his next film to be the “opposite” of When Marnie Was There.


Mary and the Witch’s Flower (メアリと魔女の花)

Promotional art and a short interview with former Studio Ghibli players, producer Yoshiaki Nishimura (西村義明) and director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (米林宏昌), on the upcoming feature film Mary and the Witch’s Flower, the first outing for Studio Ponoc.


First Look: Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Yoshiaki Nishimura – producer of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There – founded Studio Ponoc on April 15, 2015 with several former Studio Ghibli animators. The name of the studio comes from the Croatian word for ‘midnight’, meant to signify “the beginning of a new day.”

Mary and the Witch’s Flower, the studio’s first feature film, is scheduled for a 2017 release. The film is based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart. Several former employees of Studio Ghibli have joined the studio to work on the film.

Related: Miyazaki’s Top 50 Children’s Books


New Witchy Film From “Studio Ghibli Veterans” Looks Just As Magical As Miyazaki-san’s. 🌸Mary and the Witch’s Flower🌸

Starved Studio Ghibli fans now have something new to look forward to.
At 14. December 2016, Ghibli veterans, under the auspices of Studio Ponoc, released a trailer for a fantastical, Ghibliesque movie called Mary and the Witch’s Flower, slated for Summer, 2017.
Based on Mary Stewart’s The Little Broomstick, in which a girl discovers a magical broomstick in the woods, Mary and the Witch’s Flower will have everything you’d expect from an OG Miyazaki film: a strong, girl protagonist, a black cat, rolling, green hills, magical drama and skyfights against flying, squirmy fish monsters.
“A fundamental part of the Ghibli story is that the heroines’ humanity, rather than any special powers, was always their greatest strength,” former Studio Ghibli producer and Studio Ponac founder Yoshiaki Nishimura told the Telegraph. “You may like it, you may dislike it, but a lot of Japanese animation has a kid solving a problem by getting inside a giant robot. The Ghibli philosophy was different, and I wanted it to be the Ponoc philosophy too.”

From the Telegraph’s interview:

Nishimura describes it as a film for children who are “moving into a 21st century that’s different from the one their parents imagined for them.” He goes on: “I think we all had a vision of what the world would be like, but it’s not the one we’re moving into. So what filmmakers should say at a time when people are losing hope – and what kind of film might help restore it in our children – are big themes for right now.”
Studio Ghibli announced they’d take a break in 2014. Not long after, Hayao Miyazaki claimed he’d go into retirement—a claim he’s gone back on several times. Most recently, in November, Miyazaki said he’s come out of retirement to help with Boro the Caterpiller, originally an animated short that Miyazaki is expanding into a feature-length film.

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower” looks promising and, if you’re a die-hard Ghibli fan, you’re bound to have some feels watching the trailer.


Studio Ponoc’s 1st anime film “Mary and The Witch’s Flower Film” staff and official trailer revealed!

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty, When Marnie Was There)
Screenplay: Riko Sakaguchi (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.)
Music: Takatsugu Muramatsu
Animation Production: Studio Ponoc

Studio Ponoc is founded Yoshiaki Nishimura along with former animators from Studio Ghibli. The film is set to premiere on July 8th.

Vídeo promocional de la película Mary and the Witch's Flower en cines el 8 de julio.

La película de Studio Ponoc se estrenará el 8 de julio. 

Studio Ponoc comenzó la transmisión del primer vídeo promocional y reveló la fecha de estreno de su próxima película de Anime titulada Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) que se estrenará en cines de Japón el 8 de julio del 2017.  

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Producer Nishimura: Hayao Miyazaki Is Planning 3 More Ghibli Museum Shorts

“Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura revealed in an interview with UK news website Den of Geek on Tuesday that Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki is planning three more shorts for the Ghibli Museum. However, he did not say whether or not Miyazaki will direct these shorts himself—Miyazaki is only credited with directing seven of the nine existing shorts.

Nishimura said that Miyazaki’s plan is to bring the total number of Ghibli Museum Shorts to 12 so they can be rotated once a month. He also mentioned that there are ‘talks’ to create television series or 15-30 second televisions commercials, 'but nothing is concrete.’

Miyazaki retired from directing feature films in 2013, but he later said that he will continue to make shorts for the Ghibli Museum. Miyazaki told The Hollywood Reporter in 2014, 'I do want to continue making short films such as the ones we show at the Ghibli Museum. I will continue making those. We will continue to make short films for the Ghibli Museum with a small staff of animators. But I think gradually it will quietly disappear in the future.’"

Goro Miyazaki Confirms Plans For New Studio Ghibli Feature Film

HERES THE NEWS THE ANIME WORLD HAS BEEN WAITING FOR… Goro Miyazaki and Ghibli Producer Yoshiaki Nishimura confirm that preparation has started for a new Studio Ghibli feature film.

Appearing at Studio Ghibli Expo in Japan Miyazaki and Nishimura both answered fan questions clearly indicating that they intend to make a new animated feature film for the studio. Miyazaki who has already started work said “perhaps i won’t be able to make it, but i am currently preparing for it.” 

When faced with the same question Princess Kaguya Producer Yoshiaki Nishimura was even more forthcoming -

Studio Ghibli who had been placed on undetermined hiatus due to financial instability have a history of announcing their forthcoming films on the same day each December.

Goro Miyazaki
who recently finished production on TV anime series Ronia the Robbers Daughter would be returning to make his third feature film for his father Hayao’s world famous animation studio. Goro’s previous film “From Up On Poppyhill” (a slice of teenage romance and nostalgia) was seen as a vast improvement on his Ghibli debut “Tales From Earthsea”, but what genre of film will he take on next? like every other Ghibli fan around the world i wait with bated breath :D



88th Academy Awards Nominees


  • Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, and Rosa Tran
  • Boy & the World – Alê Abreu
  • Inside Out – Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie – Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
  • When Marnie Was There – Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Studio Ghibli’s 思い出のマーニー When Marnie Was There theme song “Fine on the Outside” by Priscilla Ahn

Priscilla Ahn , in common with the protagonist, saw herself as friendless and alone, and turned to music and other interests as a way to compensate. “…would literally sit on my bed and look out the window at night at the moon, and wonder if I was loved… if anyone would miss me if I was gone.” This led her to writing “Fine on the Outside” in 2005, but she had never released it due to the lyrics being too personal, and because she didn’t want to have to change the song in any way to make it fit in with her other albums. A big fan of Ghibli, she read the original novel “When Marnie was There” after the announcement they were working on a movie adaptation, saw herself in Anna, and eventually decided to submit the song to Ghibli. The movie’s producer Yoshiaki Nishimura contacted her soon afterwards saying how much he loved the song, and it was later officially chosen as the theme song.

“Fine On The Outside”

I never had that many friends growing up
So I learned to be okay with just me
Just me, Just me, Just me.

And I’ll be just fine on the outside.

I like to eat in school by myself anyways
So I’ll just stay right here
Right here, right here, right here.

And I’ll be fine on the outside.

So I just sit in my room
After hours with the moon,
And think of who knows my name.
Would you cry if I died?
Would you remember my face?

So I left home,
I packed up and I moved far away
From my past one day,
And I laughed,
I laughed, I laughed, I laughed.

I sound fine on the outside.

Oh oh oh [x4]. Oh oh oooh.

Sometimes I feel lost sometimes I’m confused.
Sometimes I find that I’m not alright
And i cry, and i cry, and i cry

Oh oh oh [x4]. Oh oh oooh.

So I just sit in my room
After hours with the moon,
And think of who knows my name.
Would you cry if I died?
Would you remember my face?

From left: Animated Feature Film nominees Roy Conli, “Big Hero 6”, Tomm Moore, “Song of the Sea”, Chris Williams, “Big Hero 6”, Yoshiaki Nishimura, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”, Don Hall, “Big Hero 6”, Isao Takahata, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”, Bonnie Arnold, “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, Anthony Stacchi, “The Boxtrolls”, Graham Annable, “The Boxtrolls” and Dean DeBlois, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” prior to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscar Week: Animated Features event on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.


The 87th Academy Awards Nominees

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Big Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
  • The Boxtrolls – Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
  • Song of the Sea – Tomm Moore and Paul Young
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura
Director of ‘Arrietty’ and ‘Marnie’ Has Quit Studio Ghibli

Hiromasa Yonebayashi or “Maro” is the youngest director hired by Studio Ghibli; credited as an in between, clean-up and key animator for Princess Mononoke, My Neighbors the Yamadas, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. With the company’s blessing and faith in his talent, Hiromasa was granted director role for 2010’s The Borrower Arrietty and 2014’s When Marnie Was There.

After 17 years working under Studio Ghibli, Hiromasa Yonebayashi decided to quit in order to pursue other projects.

Recently Yonebayashi attended an event of the Blu-ray/DVD release of Marnie and was asked about his upcoming work, he replied, “I’m no longer a Ghibli staffer. I left the company at the end of last year, and I don’t have an affiliation.”

Yonebayashi added that he discuss his plans with producer Yoshiaki Nishimura and has an idea to create an action-oriented or fantasy film in the near future.