– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Studio Ghibli alumni Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who was responsible for such films as The Secret World of Arrietty and When Marnie Was There has spun off and created a brand new film from the new Studio Ponoc.

Up until now, we’ve seen a couple of Japanese trailers for the film, but with special Fathom screenings fast approaching this coming January, a new English-dubbed trailer has hit. Check it out above!

Mary is a plain, young girl, stuck in a rural British village with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. But a chance encounter with a pair of mysterious cats leads Mary into the nearby forest, where she finds an old broom stuck in the overgrowth of a nearby tree, and the strange blue glow of the fly-by-night flower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years. As the broom comes to life and lifts Mary high into the skies, she discovers a mysterious school for witches above the clouds. But the charming headmistress Madam Mumblechook and bumbling Doctor Dee are not all that they appear, in a twisting tale that reveals even the most ordinary-seeming children are capable of the most extraordinary adventures.

Based on the 1971 children’s novel The Little Broomstick, Mary and The Witch’s Flower is an all-ages action adventure that harkens back to some of the most beloved animated films of all time, full of ingenious characters, jaw-dropping, imaginative worlds and the simple, heartfelt story of a young girl trying to figure her place in the world.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower hits select U.S. theaters on January 19, 2017.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.