Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Studio Ponoc Mary and the Witch's Flower Trailer

As you may have already known, after Hayao Miyazaki retired, there were many rumors floating around that The Studio Ghibli was done for. Without Miyasaki at the helm to create its box office monsters the studio was left with little choice but to restructure and that most of the staff go. Yoshiaki Nishimura was one of them that left in the middle of 2015 and went on to found his own studio called Studio Ponoc.

Yoshiaki Nishimura was a lead producer in Ghibli films When Marnie was There and The Tale of Princess Kaguya both of which were nominated for academy awards. As one of the youngest lead staffers at Ghibli, Nishimura held immense potential to succeed Miyazaki's work. Now that he has his own studio and has over a decade of Ghibli work under his belt, he is about to release a new film which is slated to air in the summer of 2017 in Japan.

A trailer for Studio Ponoc's new feature film "Mary and the Witch's Flower" just released and it's looking a whole lot like a Ghibli film. Seeing how most of the staff from this new movie is from Ghibli, we can see why it looks just so similar to a Ghibli film. Is Studio Ponoc the second coming of Ghibli?

You can watch the Mary and the Witch's Flower trailer here.

Here are some information on the upcoming animation :

Screenplay by Riko Sakaguchi and Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Based on "The Little Broomstick" by Mary Stewart
Music by Takatsugu Muramatsu
Produced by Yoshiaki Nishimura
Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

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