Created by: The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart[
Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Written by: Riko Sakaguchi, Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Produced by: Yoshiaki Nishimura
Release date: July 8, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Animation
Running time: 103 minutes
Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. She follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years and only in that forest. 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 to set things right. Based on Mary Stewart's 1971 classic children's book "The Little Broomstick", "Mary and The Witch's Flower" is an action-packed film full of jaw-dropping imaginative worlds, ingenious characters, and the stirring, heartfelt story of a young girl trying to find a place in the world.
The debut film of Studio Ponoc.
The film made its American premiere through Fathom Events, who had a part in re-releasing several Studio Ghibli films the year leading up to the film’s release.
In the early 1980s, Disney artist Mel Shaw pitched the idea of adapting Mary Stewart’s book ‘The Little Broomstick’ as an animated movie, but the project never got beyond the planning stage and was shelved in favor of more ambitious projects. Over 30 years later, The Walt Disney Company became the American distributor for Studio Ponoc’s animated adaptation of the same novel.
In the US, Universal Pictures released the Blu-Ray & DVD.
“Fly-by-night” is the name given to the mysterious witch’s flower. The term “fly by night” has historically been used to signify that a woman was thought to be a witch.