***1/2 out of ****
(for some action and thematic elements)
Released: January 19, 2018
Runtime: 102 minutes
Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Starring: the voices of Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winselt, Jim Broadbent, Lynda Baron, Ewan Bremner, Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Morwenna Banks
My review of Mary and the Witch’s Flower, for The Tulsa Voice. It’s the first feature-length anime from Japan’s Studio Ponoc, founded by former artists from Hayao Miyazaki‘s famed Studio Ghibli.
Based on a popular children’s book, this family-friendly story of a girl whisked off to a Witch’s College is “conjured from an LSD-laced imagination, a trippy gonzo vision on par with the Ghibli aesthetic.”
“Visually and tonally, Mary and the Witch’s Flower is Ghibli through and through, but thematically it sets its own postmodern course.”
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