MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER (Theatrical Release Japan 2017)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì

Mary and the Witch’s Flower seems to attempt to copy the quality of Hayao Miyizaki’s animated films, but lacks that certain charisma, charm, kindness, and wonder that define the Hayao Miyizaki film. The voice chosen for Mary (Ruby Burnhill, English) seems a bit awkward.

Storyline

Mary finds a Fly By Night flower and begins an unforgettable adventure.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Giles New for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Will Clarke, and Daisuke Kadova for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Mary (voice of Hana Sugisaki), Peter (voice of Ryûnosuke Kamiki), Madam Mumblechook (voice of Yûki Amami), Doctor Dee (voice of Fumiyo Kohinata), The Red-Haired Witch (voice of Hikari Mitsushima), Flanagan (voice of Jirô Satô), Zebedee (voice of Ken’ichi Endô), Miss Banks (voice of Eri Watanabe), Great-Aunt Charlotte (voice of Shinobu Ôtake), Tib (voice of Ikue Ôtani), Gib (voice of Lynn), Mary (voice of Ruby Barnhill), Madam Mumblechook (voice of Kate Winslet), Doctor Dee (voice of Jim Broadbent), and Flanagan (voice of Ewen Bremner).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. Children will undoubtedly enjoy the magic and the colors. But, overall this animated feature needs some brushing to establish an international appeal.

Ben Meyers

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