Studio Ghibli may be in hibernation, or low-power mode, or whatever metaphor works for you, but a generation of animators and producers trained at the legendary studio have come together to bring us a new film with a distinctly Ghibli feel.
The film is based on the 1971 children’s novel The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart about a young protagonist, also named Mary, who finds a magical broomstick in the woods. According to Nishimura, the Studio Ponoc version will include “an entirely new second act that plays to Mary’s strengths as a young girl whose courage and persistence, as opposed to magic powers, sees her overcome the danger at hand.”
Mary and the Witch’s Flower is co-written by Yonebayashi and Riko Sakaguchi (Princess Kaguya), with music composed by Takatsugu Muramatsu (When Marnie Was There).
Studio Ghibli is dead*. Long live Studio Ponoc.