Mia et le Migou (Mia and the Migoo) (2011)
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Created from an astonishing 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation, the gorgeous second feature from French animator Jacques-Rémy Girard is a work of art, breathtaking to behold. Figures are outlined in pencil and then bathed in rustic watercolors, with backgrounds that burst at the seams with painterly detail, like a Miyazaki film painted by Van Gogh. The story is a thrilling family adventure that pits a plucky, wild haired young heroine Mia against profit-hungry developers, with the future of life on Earth in the balance. One night Mia has a premonition. So after saying a few words of parting at her mother's grave, she sets out on a journey across mountains and jungles to search for her father, who has been trapped in a landslide at a disaster-plagued construction site on a remote tropical lake. In the middle of the lake stands the ancient Tree of Life, watched over by innocent, bumbling forest spirits called the Migoo, who grow and change shape as they please, morphing from small childlike beings to petulant giants. It is the Migoo who have been disrupting the construction to protect this sacred site - and now together with Mia - they join in a fight to find Mia's father and save the Tree. -- (C) GKids … More
|Rating:||PG (for thematic elements, some peril and brief mild language)|
|Genre:||Animation, Kids & Family, Art House & International|
|Directed By:||Jacques-Rémy Girerd|
|Written By:||Benoît Chieux, Jacques-Rémy Girerd, Antoine Lanciaux, Iouri Tcherenkov|
|In Theaters:||Mar 25, 2011 Limited|
|On DVD:||Aug 7, 2012|
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Critic Reviews for Mia et le Migou (Mia and the Migoo)
So heavy-handed that only the youngest audiences won't feel talked down to. Instead, they're likely to be freaked out.
The story's serviceable, if unexciting, with themes of child-parent love and the importance of peaceful interactions.
Distracting flashes of crude humor dissipate any connection to the characters and odd encounters derail the momentum. And the climax muddles the film's eco message.
This generally involving film is gorgeous to watch thanks to its 500,000 hand-painted frames of vibrantly colored, enormously artistic animation.
The toke-tastic visuals are an endless delight, especially the Migoo themselves, who look like the offspring of McDonald's Grimace and Calvin and Hobbes' killer monster snow goons.
Audience Reviews for Mia et le Migou (Mia and the Migoo)
Thank goodness for hand drawn animation. So many of today's "animated" features are really just CGI based works that try to masquerade as actual cartoons. While this reviewer personally is not a fan of anime style artwork, the newly imported French movie, Mia and the Migoo is a work that did impress. Forget the fact that this movie carries a very heavy handed environmental message (one that may be too strong even for some younger audiences). The real star of Mia and the Migoo is its animation. Audiences will appreciate the animation even more in watching the movie's "making of" featurette. It is, for the most part, just another "making of" featurette. But there is one moment in this bonus feature that makes it all worth the near half hour watch.
One individual who is interviewed for the feature notes that bringing a movie to life using actual hand drawn animation gives the movie a more "human" feel versus the use of computers. He states that animated features created through CGI are done mathematically. It's as if he was saying in a roundabout way that CGI animation is cold and really has no life. That couldn't be truer. That this young artist has such an appreciation for the art of drawing, rather than sitting in front of a computer to make art makes Mia and the Migoo that much more enjoyable in hindsight.
Mia and the Migoo is a beautiful work of art, in terms of its animation. But there is no denying that the movie's content may not be suitable for some younger audiences. The movie does get intense at times. Audiences see Aldrin's father use a mortar launcher to destroy the sacred tree. The result of his actions is pretty intense. Some younger viewers might be unsettled by this. Also early on, while Mia is riding a bus to the construction site where her father works, the bus breaks down. A heavy set woman on the bus proceeds to take off her shirt, and drench the bus's engine in her sweat. She is wearing undergarments. Now while this is probably more socially acceptable in other nations' cultures, some American audiences may find this not as suitable for younger audiences. Thus, the mark on the DVD's cover of being "Family Approved" may again be more aimed at audiences other than those in the United States.
While some of the content in Mia and The Migoo may be unsuitable for certain younger audiences (parents should use their own discretion to determine if it's too intense for their own children in other words), but that doesn't mean that it's inappropriate for all audiences. Because it is such ha beautiful work of art, this movie serves as a wonderful teaching tool, believe it or not, for students studying the visual arts. As noted in the press release for the now American release of the movie, the artwork in the movie will conjure thoughts of Van Gogh, Monet, and even Cezanne. The colors throughout each scene are that rich and vibrant. And the characters themselves are very much in the vein of anime legend Hayao Miyazaki. For that, it is a movie that deserves its own praise, and at least a single viewing.
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