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Mary and the Witch's Flower (Meari to majo no hana) is an Japanese animated feature films and produced by Studio Ponoc and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. This films has Movie premiere in Japan on July 8, 2017. In the English-language version of the film, which was concurrently released with a subtitled version in the United States on 19 January 2018, the film features the voices of Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet, and Jim Broadbent.

Characters

Voice cast

Character Japanese Voice actor English Voice actor
Mary Smith Hana Sugisaki Ruby Barnhill
Madam Mumblechook Yuki Amami Kate Winslet
Doctor Dee Fumiyo Kohinata Jim Broadbent
Flanagan Jiro Sato Ewen Bremner
Great-Aunt Charlotte Shinobu Otake Lynda Baron
Peter Ryunosuke Kamiki Louis Ashbourne Serkis
Miss Banks Eriko Watanabe Morwenna Banks
Red-haired Witch (Younger Great-Aunt Charlotte) Hikari Mitsushima Teresa Gallagher
Zebedee Kenichi Endō Rasmus Hardiker
Light Fairy Saori Hayami Rebecca Louise Kidd

Music

Composer Muramatsu Takatsugu, who also scored Yonebayashi's last film When Marnie Was There, is in charge of the soundtrack for Mary and The Witch's Flower. Joshua Messick, one of the world's leading performers of the hammered dulcimer, participated in the score recording.[1][2]


Reception

Box office

Mary and The Witch's Flower grossed $2.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $38.6 million in other territories (including $27.6 million in Japan, $3.8 million in South Korea, $2.9 million in China and $2.6 million in France), for a worldwide total of $41 million.

In Japan, the film opened at second place, grossing ¥428 million ($3.9 million) during its opening weekend; this was an increase compared to Yonebayashi's previous film, When Marnie Was There (2014), which had grossed ¥378.86 million in its first weekend.

In the United States, the film held a special Thursday night preview on January 18, 2018 where it grossed $1.2 million from 573 theaters. It then stayed at 161 theaters over the weekend and grossed $329,097, bringing its four-day gross to $1.5 million. Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 86% based on 69 reviews, and an average rating of 6.9/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Mary and The Witch's Flower honors its creator's Studio Ghibli roots with a gentle, beautifully animated story whose simplicity is rounded out by its entrancing visuals." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Shelia O'Malley of RogerEbert.com gave the film a rating of three stars out of four and stated that "the total lack of inner conflict in Mary might be why Mary and The Witch's Flower-as transportive and entertaining as it is-feels a little slight". However, Moira Macdonald of The Seattle Times noted that although the film "isn't quite a masterpiece" and "the screenplay needs a polish", she concluded that the film is "a joy to look at: a visual adventure, and a continuation of a remarkable legacy".


References

  1. http://www.yesasia.com/global/mary-and-the-witchs-flower-original-soundtrack-japan-version/1060110506-0-0-0-en/info.html}
  2. http://joshuamessick.com/soundtrack-mary-witchs-flower/

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