Mary and the Witch’s Flower is an animated Japanese movie based on a book The Little Broomstick written by the famous British novelist Mary Stewart. The book was written back in 1971 but the movie was released in 2017 and it was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and it was produced by Yoshiaki Nishimura in Japan.
This animated film is about a young girl named Mary Smith who finds a rare flower called fly-by-night which can give magical powers for one night.
Release Date: July 8, 2017
Mary and the Witch’s Flower Cast and Crew
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Giles New
Writers: Mary Stewart, Riko Sakaguchi
Stars: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Hana Sugisaki, Yuki Amami
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Animation, Mystery
Movie Duration: 1h 43m
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
The story follows a young ordinary girl Mary who moved to an English Country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte. She was clumsy but she wanted to make herself useful so she tried to do as many chores as she could but mostly failed. She met a local boy who constantly made fun of her hair because it was strong colored red and she hated him for that. Peter, the boy who made fun of her had two cats, one day they led Mary to a nearby forest where she found some mysterious flowers. She found them very interesting so she picked one. Later she found out that the flowers were very rare and that the legend says that they were used by witches so they could give them some kind of special powers. The next day, she follower Peter’s other cat and that lead her to a broomstick which was stuck under roots. Mary managed to get the broomstick and accidentally made it come to life.
The broomstick took her and the cat up in the sky, over the clouds to a hidden witch city called Endor College for witches. Mary finds other witches and meets the headmistress Madam Mumblechook. From the start, Mary could use some demanding spells and the headmistress thought she was the prodigy witch considering her abilities and the color of her hair. Later on, she told the headmaster that her powers come from the rare flower that she found in the forest. She wasn’t very happy to hear that but anyhow she let her go home without any consequences. The following days she received a message from Madam Mumblechook telling her that she kidnapped Peter and that she demands her to bring the magical flower that gave her witch powers. Mary immediately got Peter’s cat and hopped on her broomstick that she found and went back to Endor College.
She was also imprisoned but she managed to find Peter. She also found out that Doctor Dee was doing experiments on Peter’s other cat trying to transform her into a magical beast. She managed to find a spell that will get her and Peter free but sadly Peter was caught on the way out and she promised him that she will come back to get him. In the meantime, Mary finds out her past and that she was indeed a witch, she went back to get Peter only to find they were doing experiments on him. Mary then cast a spell that canceled all other spells them cast on him and took him home. This concluded Mary and the Witch’s Flower and in the end, Mary threw the flowers that gave her powers.