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This is one of several Japanese animated features with western stories and settings. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. She finds it in the form of a rare flower, which gives her temporary magical powers – enough to carry her to the doors of an august magic academy in the sky where young witches learn broo mstick management and other skills. Miyazaki fans might be aghast at that point of view. ", Yonebayashi believes a new Japan, led by young people, must be marked by determination and grit. But what makes the film exceptional is how it distances itself from Ghiblian adventures. He and Madame Mumblechook are desperate to get their hands on the witch’s flowers and to wreak mischief with the special powers they will then be given. Mary And The Witch’s Flower may not break new ground but it’s an impressive affair. This first Ponoc production, an adaptation of The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, is a giddy delight which combines themes from Ghibli films Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle with a touch of Harry Potter. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium.

Ponoc's first film follows a child named Mary (voiced in the English language release by The BFG's Ruby Barnhill) who finds a magic flower in the woods and discovers that witchcraft runs in her family. But Endor College conceals a dark secret, a kind of enchanted vivisection laboratory where animals are magically tampered with. That the film is also a subversive critique of 21st Japanese culture just helps Ponoc own its place in the animation world.

(Even demanding characters like No-Face and the witch Yubaba's baby, who seem difficult and selfish at first, are rewarded only when they become more docile and polite.) Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Deep in this forest, she comes across the witch’s flowers which only blossom once every seven years. It's certainly energetic—Mary whips around the idyllic English countryside on her witch's broom—and the animation is lovely in a way Ghibli fans will immediately recognize—every plate of food in Mary's world bubbles and steams like Ponyo 's bowls of ramen. Now compare Chihiro to Mary: She begins her adventure with a chip on her shoulder, and her refusal to submit to her elders and the magic they're obsessed with keeps her alive. The film also benefits in its English language version from some very lively voice work.

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