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A Letter to Momo (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Sweet, sad, and visually striking, A Letter to Momo is a hand-drawn experience for animation fans to savor.

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From the creators of Ghost in the Shell comes a wonderfully expressive and beautifully hand drawn animated tale that combines bursts of whimsy and kinetic humor with deep felt emotion and drama. The last time Momo saw her father they had a fight - and now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter, a blank piece of paper penned with the words "Dear Momo" but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her. A Letter to Momo was seven years in the making, and the handmade animation is superb, from the painstakingly rendered serenity of the island's Shinto shrines to the climactic finale - a frantic chase featuring thousands of squirming, morphing ghosts and spirits that is the best cinematic flight of supernatural fancy in many years. (c) Gkids

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Cast

Karen Mamiya
as Momo Miyaura
Cho
as Mame
Yûka
as Ikuka Miyaura
Daizaburo Arakawa
as Kazuo Miyaura

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A sweet, heartfelt, yet never maudlin story about an 11-year-old girl's coming to terms with the loss of her father.

September 5, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's difficult to imagine any children's movie retaining the attention of its intended audience for two hours, but this movie feels especially monotonous.

September 4, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Despite the hand-drawn film's supernatural edge, one of Okiura's lyrical strengths is acquainting a viewer with the poetry of the real - animated reflections of ordinary, beautiful things we see in everyday life without actually noticing them at all.

September 4, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4

A sweet tale of a sad girl who moves to a new place and meets supernatural pals.

August 28, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A striking example of Japanese hand-drawn animation, it casually combines things you wouldn't expect in one place.

August 28, 2014 | Full Review…

Had Okiura cut some of the supernatural shtick he would have had a far more affecting and mercifully shorter movie.

August 28, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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