Mary and the Witch's Flower (Japanese: メアリと魔女の花? Hepburn: Meari to Majo no Hana) is an upcoming Japanese animefantasy film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and produced by Studio Ponoc, based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart. This is Studio Ponoc's first feature film. The film tells a story of a young girl named Mary who discovers that she has a mysterious power to become a witch, which lasts for one night only.
Hiromasa Yonebayashi (米林 宏昌? Yonebayashi Hiromasa, born 1973 in Nonoichi, Ishikawa, Japan), nicknamed Maro, is a Japanese animator and director for Studio Ghibli. After his directorial debut with Studio Ghibli (The Secret World of Arrietty), he became the youngest director of a theatrical film produced by the studio. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2015 for his second film, When Marnie Was There.
He studied at the Kanazawa College of Art, where he majored in commercial design.
Yoshiaki Nishimura (西村 義明? Nishimura Yoshiaki, born September 25, 1977 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese lead film producer formerly of Studio Ghibli and founder of the company Studio Ponoc. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2014 for The Tale of Princess Kaguya and received consecutive Oscar nomination at 88th Academy Awards for When Marnie Was There in same category.
Studio Ponoc (株式会社スタジオポノック?Kabushiki-gaisha Sutajio Ponokku) is a Japanese animation studio based in Musashino, Tokyo, Japan. It was founded by Yoshiaki Nishimura in April 2015. Its first feature film, Mary and the Witch's Flower, will be released in 2017.