Check Out the Breathtaking Opening Scene From Mary and the Witch's Flower

Image: Studio Ponoc

Mary and the Witch’s Flower, the first film from animation house Studio Ponoc, looks to be a beautiful spectacle on par with Studio Ghibli—no surprise, considering it’s directed by former Ghibli director Hiromasa Yonebayashi. If you need proof, just check out this stunning opening sequence.


The movie is about a girl living in the country who finds a magic flower that gives her extraordinary abilities. It sends her off to a new world where magic flourishes. The opening sequence, as revealed by Nerdist, shows us how the flower ended up in Mary’s hands, as we see a witch perform a daring escape with some magical seeds.

I’ve got to say I’m really impressed with how dynamic and action-packed the whole scene is. The movement in the animation is really impressive, and you can call me psyched for the movie. Mary and the Witch’s Flower comes out in the US on January 19.


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That was one of heck of at intro. No slow burn at all. (Pun not intended.) Just bursting right out of the gates. It went from, “Meh. I guess I’ll catch it when it comes out on DVD” to, “I would watch that on IMAX. Now.”