M.O.T.M. : Mary and the Witch’s Flower

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Lia S., Online Manager

Mary and the Witch’s Flower first released on January 18, 2018. It was produced by Studio Ponoc, founded by former member for Studio Ghibli, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, and distributed by Toho. Mary and the Witch’s Flower is available on Youtube, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower is rated PG.

Synopsis:

Young Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest and discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms once every seven years. Together, the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds, and far away to Endor College — a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try and set things right. (source)

Being a big fan of anime myself, I feel that it is only right to review a Studio Ghibli movie. Now, I know that Mary and the Witch’s Flower is not produced by Studio Ghibli, but the animation style is similar to My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service. I would rate Mary and the Witch’s Flower and 8/10, since the story line wasn’t told that well, but the graphics and the English dub from Japanese made up for that.

In conclusion, even though there is lack of storytelling in this month’s M.O.T.M., I recommended to fans of classic books turned into animated. films.