Check out this newly released trailer from Studio Ponoc for Mary and the Witch’s Flower, which is based on Mary Stewart’s The Little Broomstick.
Studio Ghibli producer and Studio Ponac founder Yoshiaki Nishimura told the Telegraph:
“A fundamental part of the Ghibli story is that the heroines’ humanity, rather than any special powers, was always their greatest strength…..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.”
Studio Ponac founder Yoshiaki Nishimura describes the film 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.”
In a time when two dimensional animation does not get a lot of love, it is good to see Ghibli coming in and giving giving the world its whimsical feeling in two dimensional animation when Disney is now rolling out these beautiful three dimensional movies like Moana and Frozen. These things are beautiful to be sure, but there is a life that can be found in Ghibli movies. In 2013, Miyazaki told Ebert in an interview that, “…everything starts with the human hand drawing.” And he would allow no more than 10 percent of a movie to be computer generated.
Now, while that can very easily change, and it very well might, there is a humanity and life to these movies when Ghibli couples their beautiful animation style with their story telling that is second to none. it gives its audience, whether that audience be young or old, American or Japanese, to experience something that they might not have felt before, or maybe it will transport us, its audience, to a place we forgot we have been.
So if you love Ghibli, if you’ve been waiting for another very spirited movie that might remind you of another strong female protagonist with a black cat and a broom, Mary and the Witch’s Flower is coming our way in 2017.