English dub. Studio Ponoc's take on Mary Stewart's 'The Little Broomstick' is an entertaining enough venture but too often begs comparison to many Studio Ghibli masterworks. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but this is a pale imitation at best.
~3.5. You're going to try and resist every inclination you have to compare this to Ghibli, then you're going to see it and recognise exact scenes (the stairs) and character designs (Doctor Dee...or is that Kamaji?) and plot devices (Tib/Jiji), and it's going to be impossible for you not to be left asking yourself, "Is this a commendable homage or a second-rate rip-off?" Ghibli without the soul. But that's still nice.
I was so disappointed by this. The animation is great and those cats are incredibly cute, but it seems to me it tries to hard to be "Ghibliesque", copying and pasting elements from Kiki Delivery Service, Spirited Away and more, but without the depth and poetry of those films. Weak and dull, but lovely animated.
too similar to the great Ghibli movies, which makes sense if you consider who founded Studio Ponoc and who directed this movie. I enjoyed it but it just seems a bit copied and not at all original, unfortunately.
Ce film prend une tournure passionnante: celle de déconstruire l'idée qu'on se fait de la sorcière (le balais, le chat, l'école) auxquels Mary n'adhèrent que pour rentrer dans le " jeu des grands ". Sa quête est toujours celle de défaire et c'est précisément ce que l'enfance peut être, se défaire de son hérédité, de son avidité enfantine pour la puissance, pour trouver un chemin propre et humain. Sans magie.
At his time in Ghibli, Hiromasa Yonebayashi made Arriety and When Marnie was There, so I don't think it's much of rip-off when it used parts of his own works, added with influences he got when he still worked there. The movie is boring because of the slow plot guided with a bland character that kept talking to herself.
Although I wish Yonebayashi would expand his horizons in terms of setting, and although it wasn't as good as Marnie, Mary and the Witch's Flower is still a finely-crafted moving family film that can compete with some of Miyazaki's best.