Mary and the Witch’s Flower

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is a Japanese animated film from 2017 based on the book “The Little Broomstick” by Mary Stewart. The film is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and produced by Studio Ponoc.

Mary is a young girl stuck in a house on the countryside with her great-aunt and housekeeper during the Summer Holidays. She is bored without any children to play with, but then one day she meets a cat who shows her the way to a magical flower. The flower enchants a mystical broomstick and on that broomstick Mary flies to a magical world where she is mistaken for a student enrolled in the witching academy for higher magical learning. But is the academy really a place of wonders and enchantments or is there something more sinister happening behind closed doors?

Follow along as Mary sets out on the adventure of a lifetime where she has to use all her bravery and self-belief to fulfill her quest and save her friends.

Imagine if Anne of Green Gables actually got to go on one of her many imagined adventures, an adventure that didn’t just transport her into a magical world, but to a futuristic world where magic is realized through technology. That is “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” for you. All set in a Sci-Fi Japanese Hogwarts (where you might even spot Harry Potter if you pay attention!😄😄).

I really enjoyed this film! I loved the animation and the creativity, and as a big fan of Anne of Green Gables, and wild redhead girls in general, I absolutely loved the heroine! And I was so happy to see that someone has finally come up with a sensible way to ride a broomstick! 😆🤣😆🤣

Reading between the lines, the film has a deeper message telling us how the natural world is perfect as it is and does not need to be improved upon or decorated to be valuable and beautiful. And that goes for us human beings as well. A message worth being reminded of for adults and children alike.

I highly recommend this movie to children (of all ages) and adults as well!
Enjoy! 🧙🏻‍♀️🧹

Kiki’s Delivery Service

image

Kiki’s Delivery Service is a Japanese fantasy children’s movie from 2014. The story is about a 13 year old witch who has to leave her parents to find a place for herself in the world. Kiki’s talent is her flying ability, and with the help of a bakery owner and a boy who dreams of flying, Kiki starts her own express delivery service. But it’s not all the inhabitants of the quaint little town Kiki has adopted as her new home, who feels the same way about witches. A rumor is spread, claiming that Kiki delivers curses, not parcels and letters, and Kiki slowly loses her confidence in herself, and as her self-belief declines, so does her magic… Will Kiki be able to find her way back to her magic? Or is her fate to live as an ordinary girl? The problem with ordinary is that Kiki doesn’t even know how to ride a bike!

image

I loved this sweet little movie! The pace of the film is a bit slow, and the action will mostly excite quite small children, but what I loved were the details! The little whimsical shops, the blue and white wind mill Kiki lives in, the colorful vintage inspired clothes, the veterinarian who lives in the jungle and brews coffee in laboratory flasks, the tiny be-flowered streets with odd vintage shop signs, and the charming quirky inhabitants. I could feast my eyes on these little details forever and ever, wishing I was a witch living in that town! 😊😊.

image

I highly recommend this film, especially to little kids, older children and adults might enjoy the animated version of this film produced by studio Ghibli in 1989 better. But I found this version enchanting!

image