Harry Potter meets Spirited Away in first U.S. trailer for Mary and The Witch's Flower

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Dec 21, 2017, 1:17 PM EST

Turns out you won't have to wait until next November for the Fantastic Beasts sequel in order to have a magical time at the movies. The first American trailer for Mary and the Witch's Flower is here, and it looks like J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter had a love child with Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. However, it actually precedes them both, since it's based on the 1971 children's novel The Little Broomstick.

The movie tells the story of Mary (The BFG's Ruby Barnhill), a young girl in a rural British village who discovers a magical flower that blooms once every seven years and finds herself at a witch's school in the clouds. Here she interacts with a number of colorful characters, like headmistress Madam Mumblechook (Kate Winslet) and Doctor Dee (Jim Broadent), who are not all they appear to be. Full of animated eye candy and adventure, the trailer (below) brings back fond memories of Studio Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) while forging an entirely new path of its unique design. Mary and the Witch's Flower looks like it has the potential to become an instant classic.


Directed by former Ghibli animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo), this is the first feature from producer Yoshiaki Nishimura's new Studio Ponoc. Yonebayashi also served as director for The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) and When Marnie Was There (2014). Nishimura

"Mary and The Witch's Flower is an all-ages action adventure that harkens back to some of the most beloved animated films of all time, full of ingenious characters, jaw-dropping, imaginative worlds and the simple, heartfelt story of a young girl trying to figure her place in the world," said the film's American distributor, GKIDS.

The movie opens in theaters January 19, 2018.