Studio Ponoc

Studio Ponoc (株式会社スタジオポノック, Kabushiki-gaisha Sutajio Ponokku) is a Japanese animation studio based in Musashino, Tokyo, Japan. The company was founded by former Studio Ghibli lead film producer Yoshiaki Nishimura in April 2015. Its first feature film, Mary and the Witch's Flower, was released on July 8, 2017 throughout Japan with the film's main character Mary Smith serving as the company's mascot in their logo, similar to Studio Ghibli's mascot, Totoro.[1]

Studio Ponoc
Native name
Kabushiki-gaisha Sutajio Ponokku
FoundedApril 15, 2015; 6 years ago (2015-04-15) in Musashino, Tokyo, Japan
FounderYoshiaki Nishimura
Musashino, Tokyo
Number of locations
Key people
Yoshiaki Nishimura
Yoshiyuki Momose
Akihiko Yamashita
Hiromasa Yonebayashi


Yoshiaki Nishimura founded Studio Ponoc on April 15, 2015 and gained the support of several animators previously working under Studio Ghibli, including director Hiromasa Yonebayashi.[2][3][4] The name of the studio comes from the Croatian word ponoć, for "midnight", meant to signify "the beginning of a new day".[5]

The studio worked on an advertisement for JR West for its 2015 summer campaign.[2] Mary and The Witch's Flower, the studio's first feature film, was able to reach number six of the highest-grossing films of the year in Japan. The film is based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart. Several former employees of Studio Ghibli have joined the studio to work on the film.[4][6] Ponoc produced a short for the Tokyo Olympic Games inspired by Olympic values and was set to be screened on July 24 through August 9, 2020. The short started pre-production in June 2019. However, due to the pandemic, it was never shown until its premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival during its opening ceremony on June 14, 2021. The short is currently playing at the Tokyo Skytree and has been playing there since July 12th and will play there until September 5th. The film officially premiered when it was uploaded to YouTube by the International Olympic Committee on July 23rd, ahead of the Olympics. The short is titled Tommorow's Leaves.[7][8][9]


Short worksEdit


Title English Title Release date Directed by Screenplay Soundtrack
Meari to Majo no Hana (メアリと魔女の花) Mary and the Witch's Flower 8 July 2017 Hiromasa Yonebayashi Riko Sakaguchi, Hiromasa Yonebayashi Takatsugu Muramatsu
Chīsana Eiyū: Kani to Tamago to Tōmei Ningen (ちいさな英雄-カニとタマゴと透明人間-) Modest Heroes — Ponoc Short Films Theatre, Volume 1 24 August 2018 Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Yoshiyuki Momose, Akihiko Yamashita Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Yoshiyuki Momose, Akihiko Yamashita Takatsugu Muramatsu, Masanori Shimada, Yasutaka Nakata


  1. ^ Yonebayashi, Hiromasa (2017-07-08), Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017), archived from the original on 2018-03-15, retrieved March 24, 2018
  2. ^ a b "Ghibli Producer Yoshiaki Nishimura Works at New Studio". Anime News Network. June 16, 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-12-15. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  3. ^ White, James (December 15, 2016). "Studio Ponoc aims to bring the Ghibli magic with Mary And The Witch's Flower". Empire. Archived from the original on 2016-12-16. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Former Ghibli Staffers' Studio Ponoc Unveils Mary and the Witch's Flower Anime Film". Anime News Network. December 15, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-12-15. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "会社概要" [company profile]. STUDIO PONOC(スタジオポノック) (in Japanese). 2015年4月15日設立。日本のアニメーション映画制作会社。 2014年末にスタジオジブリを退社した後、プロデューサーの西村義明が立ち上げたアニメーション映画スタジオ。「ポノック」という名前は、クロアチア語で「深夜0時」を意味する(ponoć)に由来し、新しい一日のはじまりの意味を込めた。 English translation: “Established on April 15, 2015. Japanese animated film production company. An animated film studio launched by producer Yoshiaki Nishimura after leaving Studio Ghibli at the end of 2014. The name "Ponoc" comes from the Croatian word "midnight" (ponoć), which means the beginning of a new day”. line feed character in |quote= at position 31 (help)
  6. ^ Collin, Robbie (December 15, 2016). "Prepare to be spirited away: as if by magic, Studio Ghibli is back to make the world a brighter place". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2016-12-16. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  7. ^ Zahed, Ramin (June 10, 2019). "Studio Ponoc to Produce New Short for the Tokyo Olympic Games". Animation Magazine.
  8. ^ Egan, Toussaint (July 23, 2021). "Studio Ponoc's Olympics 2021 short Tomorrow's Leaves is magical". Polygon. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  9. ^ Pineda, Rafael (July 23, 2021). "Studio Ponoc's Olympic Anime Short 'Tomorrow's Leaves' Streamed". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 23, 2021.

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