Animated


Mary and the Witch’s Flower


MPAA Rating:
PG
Genre:
Animated
Runtime:
102 mins
Stars:
Ruby Barnhill, Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Kate Winslet, Ewen Bremner, Jim Broadbent
Director:
Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Producer:
Yoshiaki Nishimura

Content at a Glance

0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
1
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
2
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


No Information

Language


mild, juevenile name-calling

Violence


action involving younger children; spells and magic cast, explosions, strange creatures

Drugs


No Information

Nudity


bare-chested men at a gym

Other


attention given to witches/magical people


Trailer



Synopsis

Based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, a strange flower grants a girl magic powers.


Movie Message

In the vein of Harry Potter and even as far back as Alice in Wonderland comes Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower, based on the book by Mary Stewart. Yonebayashi’s third directorial effort comes with a good deal of assurance and imagination, and his confidence as a director seems to blossom. After years of working with Studio Ghibli and under masterclass filmmakers like Hayao Miyazaki, his latest film proves a wonderful entry into the Gkids studio film series.

Instead of down the rabbit hole, we travel high above the clouds with Mary (voiced precociously by Ruby Barnhill), an ordinary English girl living out in the country, after she stumbles upon the Witch’s Flower, a floweret with a fantastical sapphire glow. It brings to life a magical broom and a grumpy, yet all-knowing pair of cats called Tibb and Gibb and ultimately leads to her to a mysterious college in the clouds. From the standpoint of art direction and utter imagination, Mary stands firmly on its own two feet. The college, a sort of castle in the sky harboring magical minds from around the world, features some of the most awe-inspiring images anyone will see in the theaters.

Narratively, Yonebayashi seems so intent on telling such a good story that the pacing falls to the wayside. Around the middle of the film, the director really takes his time, so much that too-younger viewers might verge on boredom. It seems to be the result of not wanting to tell a kids’ story, but instead something that can be accessed by all ages. It is a well-intentioned, if somewhat lacking choice.

All the same, Mary glows as a film meant to pique inspiration for the creatively-minded, and Mary herself is such an upstanding character that the film is altogether inspiring. Dove is proud to award the film with approval for Ages 12+.

For Ages 12 And Over

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