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See a dazzling clip from former Studio Ghibli staff’s new film

Mary and the Witch’s Flower is totally magical

Hiromasa Yonebayashi is a renowned artist, famed for work on When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty as well as multiple works with Studio Ghibli. Mary and the Witch’s Flower is the director’s first film with his new company, Studio Ponoc.

The film is based on the British children’s novel The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, about a young girl who becomes a witch with the help of a magical flower. An exclusive clip, below, shows the first two minutes of the movie. It captures a blazing fire and a young girl on a broomstick being chased by a strange cohort of octopus in scuba gear. The detail is masterful, paired with soaring music, cementing it as a worthy Ghibli descendant feature.

Legendary Japanese animating house Studio Ghibli closed in 2015 after the retirement of Hayao Miyazaki, following years of blockbuster animated masterpieces like Ponyo, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Studio Ponoc is made up of several ex Ghibli staffers.

It was announced last year that Miyazaki was officially coming out of retirement to make Boro the Caterpillar into a feature film.

Watch the clip below.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower will hit cinemas May 18