Ponoc is the studio founded by Yonebayashi and his producer Nishimura after Studio Ghibli ceased feature production – they have hired most of the original Ghibli animation team for continuity. Their first feature is Mary and the Witch’s Flower. Like some of the Ghibli favourites it’s adapted from a British children’s novel – The Little Broomstick by Mary Stuart and has all the fantastical elements of best of their work and a strong young female heroine. it’s an adventure set in a School of Witchcraft and wizardry that has a dark secret..
Mary and the Witch’s Flower will be in UK cinemas Spring 2018.