Earlier today, the official Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) film’s Facebook page updated with a new promotional video. The 60-second teaser confirms a July 8 première for the feature.
Furthermore, the page revealed that Hana Sugisaki (When Marnie Was There) was cast as the titular Mary.
Mary and the Witch’s Flower is based on Mary Stewart’s book The Little Broomstick. The feature is being helmed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (When Marnie Was There) at Studio Ponoc. Yonebayashi is co-writing the script with Riko Sakaguchi (The Tale of Princess Kaguya), while Takatsugu Muramatsu (When Marnie Was There) scores the soundtrack. Studio Ponoc founder Yoshiaki Nishimura is listed as the film’s producer.
This is the first feature film by Studio Ponoc. The company previously produced animated commercials for West Japan Railway Company (JR West) in 2015.
Earlier this month, Altitude Film Sales announced that they acquired the global rights to Mary and the Witch’s Flower. The publisher will distribute the feature in the United Kingdom, while Madman releases it in Australia and New Zealand. As of press time, no North American distributor is known.
Studio Ponoc released a 30-second teaser for Mary and the Witch’s Flower in December. You can check it out below:
Source: Twitter (WTK) (Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the tip!)