Adults are the ones that tell the kids what to do, right? But if it were up to us, would we be able to save the world? Sometimes, it takes the world falling apart for people to realize what’s important in life. And that’s only one of the lessons audiences can learn from Jacques Remy-Girerd’s Mia and The Migoo.
This animated adventure is about a little girl named Mia who misses her father, Pedro. He works at a dangerous construction site hundreds of miles away, and after the loss of her mother, Mia has grown lonely and restless. Armed with a spirit of determination, she sets out on an unforgettable journey to find her father. She takes her mother’s charms with her, and is met with nothing but good luck along the way. But are the charms really helping her, or is it something more?
There are horrible stories of creatures roaming the land, and a scary forest Mia must trek to find her father. Will her courage wither when she comes face to face with danger?
While some of the thematic material featured may be a little strong for children under 12, the film’s heavy explanatory dialect and focus on the protagonist and somewhat precocious children (Mia and her newfound friend, Aldrin) means it is probably aimed toward a younger audience.
Mia and The Migoo reminds audiences that sometimes all it takes to make a difference is having a little courage and child-like faith. Life has a funny way of proving what is really important, as the antagonist, the slippery Mr. Jekhide discovers. What do time and money matter when the ones you love are not around?
The animated film is beautifully crafted; it consists of 500,000 hand-painted animated frames. Not only is it entrancing to look at, but the adventure is so exciting that it is sure to grab the attention of both young viewers and their parents. The endearing characters with not-so-catchy names (like Mr. Mizoguchi and Mr. Staravich) are fun to watch, as the filmmakers took the time out to give each one a distinct personality, and one not so different from the ones adult viewers recognize from their own social circles.
The enchanting movie features some well-known voices such as Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods, and John DiMaggio. It is multicultural and unusual – even eerie at times – but audiences will no doubt fall in love with its uniqueness and beauty.