Director and former Studio Ghibli alum Hiromasa Yonebayashi spent the past two years working hard on his new film "Mary and the Witch's Flower," but when it came time to finally show it off to his former co-workers he was given a solid "no" by one of the most important people there; legendary director Hayao Miyazaki.
According to a new report from CinemaToday, Yonebyashi revealed that he had recently visited Studio Ghibli to show his new film off to his former co-workers, only for Miyazaki to refuse. However, the renowned director did have some words of encouragement for his former Studio Ghibli co-worker, reportedly saying that Yonebyashi had, "really put a lot of effort into the movie" and that he did a, "good job," which is high praise considering that Miyazaki had previously had doubts about Yonebyashi for falling behind the production schedule when he was still at Studio Ghibli.
While Miyazaki didn't watch "Mary and the Witch's Flower," two other renowned Studio Ghibli producers Toshio Suzuki and Isao Takahata took Yonebyashi on his offer. As for what they thought, well, both had nothing but nice words to say, albeit in a lighthearted sarcastic way.
Suzuki reportedly said, “so this is the sort of movie you can make when you’re not under the influence of working at Studio Ghibli,” while Takahata reportedly said (in lighthearted jest) that, “it left me with a good impression. But if I liked it, I wonder if the film’s success could be in danger…”
Seeing as how Miyazaki is probably super-busy working on his final (final) Studio Ghibli film, he was probably a touch too swamped to watch his former co-worker's new movie!
As for when you can see the film that Miyazaki refused to watch, "Mary and the Witch's Flower" opens in Japan on July 8.
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