Saturday, 8 September 2018

Mary And The Witch's Flower DVD and Book Giveaway

Mary And The Witch's Flower is a new DVD release from Studio Ponoc. Suitable for all of the family, but best suited to those school-aged or above, this is a beautiful animated retelling of the  book The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart. It features an amazing voice cast including Kate Winslett, Jim Broadbent and Ewen Bremner.


We were sent a pre-release copy of the movie to review and I watched it with my 8 and 9 year old boys. They both enjoy anime and a good fantastical story.

Mary And The Witch's Flower tells the tale of 10 year old Mary, who is living with relatives while she waits for her parents to return from working away. It's the school Summer holidays and she is bored and lonely, the most interesting thing in her day is being told folklore by the gardener.

There is a beautiful blue flower in the garden, and when Mary is sweeping and crushes a flower is when things start to get a bit weird. There is magic and mystery, myth and peril (although not particularly dangerous peril, so younger viewers will be okay), friendship and ultimately the end of an adventure and a return to reality.

Here's a quick look with the UK trailer for the movie...


We all enjoyed Mary And The Witch's Flower. The animation is great, with the familiar anime setting and a fantastic English voice cast. The characters are likeable and the story is action-packed, with plenty enough adventure to maintain anyone's interest. It's suitable for any age, although school-aged and older will understand more of the story.

The original storybook on which the film is based is a classic, The Little Broomstick. Written by Mary Stewart and illustrated by Shirley Hughes almost 50 years ago. Recommended for children aged around 9+ it retails at £6.99 rrp.

The DVD Mary And The Witch's Flower (rrp £9.99, 102 minutes, rated PG) and the book The Little Broomstick are both available now from bookshops and DVD sellers instore or online, including Amazon (*aff). To find out more check out the official Mary And The Witch's Flower website.


Studio Ponoc have very kindly offered a copy of Mary And The Witch's Flower on DVD, plus a copy of The Little Broomstick book for one of my readers. Entry to this sweepstake is by Gleam form below and it is open to UK entrants only.

The giveaway will end at midnight Sunday 7th October. To see my other UK giveaways, please take a look at my Giveaways Page.

Mary And The Witch's Flower DVD and Book Giveaway

We were sent a pre-release copy of the DVD for review. *Amazon links are affiliate, which means I earn a few pence as a thank you if anyone buys through my link, but you don't pay any more. 

73 comments:

  1. Ooooo...looks better than a standard Disney film. Fingers crossed.

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  2. Harry Potter! I love the books and movies!

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  3. We love this kind of movie and I remember reading the book as a child.

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  4. This wou9ld give me Brownie points with my grandchildren!

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  5. My daughter loves Alice in Wonderland

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  6. The hobbit would have to be mine :)

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  7. All of the Harry Potter books

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  8. For me it would be The butterfly and the diving bell.

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  9. My favourite is Mary Poppins. Sure the remake won’t be as good as the original

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  10. Margaret Clarkson
    "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (based on two Mary Norton books The Magic Bedknob and Bonfires and Broomsticks)

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  11. The King and I - shall we dance 💃💃💃💃

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  12. Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. I loved both the book and the film.

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  13. Forest Gump, which is a great book

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  14. I've always wanted to watch this movie!

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  15. Me before you - jojo moyes or the fault in our stars - John green

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  16. 101 dalmatians, we all love it

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  17. Twilight!! :)

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  18. Beauty and the Beast - its my favourite! Just love the latest version.

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  19. I've got to go with The Princess Bride. Can't believe the movie is 30 years old.

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  20. I think Lord of the Rings is an amazing adaptation.

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  21. My favourite movie which is based on a book is the Jungle Book.

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  22. We loved The Golden Compass x

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  23. I'm not sure what my fav is I was really looking forward to The confessions of a shopaholic but they changed it so much that they cannot carry on with the rest of the book. If they redo it and makr it true to the book then this would be my fav.

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  24. I love all studio ghibli's anime

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  25. Our favourite has to be Disneys animation of The Jungle Book

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  26. Our favourite is Disneys animation of The Jungle Book

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  27. Kiss the girls, a great James Patterson book that was made into a film

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  28. Probably Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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  29. Big Stephen king fan I love misery

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  30. It has to be To Kill A Mockingbird, the 1962 version. It was really faithful to the book, and I felt it was just as powerful. My daughter would love this as she is a massive Anime fan.

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  31. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, both the original film and the Johnny Depp one.

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  32. Love the lord of the rings series

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  33. Heidi love the book and the film

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