While Studio Ghibli has become synonymous with Hayao Miyazaki’s work, and the films that touch upon similarly inspired approaches, the company is ceasing production of new projects and now their workers have had to find a new outlet. And so, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Yoshiaki Nishimura, and several former employees, started Studio Ponoc. With their new movie, “Mary And The Witch’s Flower,” it looks like they’re hoping to build their brand on the same vibe as Studio Ghibli.
Their first official release comes from Studio Ghibli veteran Hiromasa Yonebayashi (“The Secret World Of Arrietty,” “When Marnie Was There“), who brings Mary Stewart‘s book, “The Little Broomstick”, to the big screen. A story about a young girl who is whisked away on an unbelievable adventure, this really looks like it’s going to hit all the right buttons with longtime Studio Ghibli fans.
There’s no release date yet, but one wonders if it might pop up at Cannes, which is just a few months away. No word yet on U.S. distribution.