Mia et le Migou (Mia and the Migoo) Reviews

  • Jun 05, 2018

    This is an absolutely stunning piece of meticulously hand drawn animation that unfortunately has a really terrible story. The plot's pro-ecology, anti-capitalist message is drawn in such a simplistic, black-and-white fashion that it really can't be intended for an adult audience, but the concepts in deals with seem like they'd just go over the heads of younger kids. If you want to just admire the animation, it should work, but it's a crashingly dull story. The English dub is really good except for Wallace Shawn showing up in a role that is really not appropriate for his voice.

    This is an absolutely stunning piece of meticulously hand drawn animation that unfortunately has a really terrible story. The plot's pro-ecology, anti-capitalist message is drawn in such a simplistic, black-and-white fashion that it really can't be intended for an adult audience, but the concepts in deals with seem like they'd just go over the heads of younger kids. If you want to just admire the animation, it should work, but it's a crashingly dull story. The English dub is really good except for Wallace Shawn showing up in a role that is really not appropriate for his voice.

  • Oct 31, 2012

    beautifully painted, talented voice acting from well-known voice actors and celebrities, touching and cute, the plot could have been a little more epic, but the entire movie is so crafted, it should deserve an academy award nomination.

    beautifully painted, talented voice acting from well-known voice actors and celebrities, touching and cute, the plot could have been a little more epic, but the entire movie is so crafted, it should deserve an academy award nomination.

  • Oct 06, 2012

    better than I thought it was

    better than I thought it was

  • Aug 11, 2012

    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.

    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.

  • Jul 23, 2011

    Shares a spiritual link to the Japanese works of Hayao Miyazaki but lacks his films' narrative drive and magical overlay.

    Shares a spiritual link to the Japanese works of Hayao Miyazaki but lacks his films' narrative drive and magical overlay.

  • May 24, 2011

    Mia and the Migoo is a tiresome animated trifle, only worthwhile for its gorgeous animation and some fun voicework. The story is a green cliche of evil industrialists and charming nature spirits, told through the overly familiar lens of a little girl looking for her lost father. The hand-drawn animation evokes some of the charms of a Miyazaki picture, but the broad characters and lack of interesting narrative development hold the film back from tapping into any of its (limited) potential. For a purely aesthetic thrill, Mia and the Migoo is the most exciting animated feat of the year thus far, but as a film, it's dull and too familiar.

    Mia and the Migoo is a tiresome animated trifle, only worthwhile for its gorgeous animation and some fun voicework. The story is a green cliche of evil industrialists and charming nature spirits, told through the overly familiar lens of a little girl looking for her lost father. The hand-drawn animation evokes some of the charms of a Miyazaki picture, but the broad characters and lack of interesting narrative development hold the film back from tapping into any of its (limited) potential. For a purely aesthetic thrill, Mia and the Migoo is the most exciting animated feat of the year thus far, but as a film, it's dull and too familiar.

  • Apr 14, 2011

    Fascinating film http://www.filmovanje.com/movie/item/mia-i-migo

    Fascinating film http://www.filmovanje.com/movie/item/mia-i-migo

  • Mar 27, 2011

    color and drawing is good but script is bad really bad it feels almost racist

    color and drawing is good but script is bad really bad it feels almost racist

  • Mar 24, 2010

    Like a Miyazaki in French! The color and the lines are stunningly beautiful. A highly recommended piece for all ages.

    Like a Miyazaki in French! The color and the lines are stunningly beautiful. A highly recommended piece for all ages.

  • Mar 07, 2010

    This is one of those rare films I saw at the National Film Theatre in London. It may look like it's for kids, but there is some mature humour and thematic elements. The subtitles don't help, either! But still, it's a nice, vibrant, colorful and highly imaginative surprise with a unique style of animation. It's also probably the most environmentally friendly animated film since WALL-E!

    This is one of those rare films I saw at the National Film Theatre in London. It may look like it's for kids, but there is some mature humour and thematic elements. The subtitles don't help, either! But still, it's a nice, vibrant, colorful and highly imaginative surprise with a unique style of animation. It's also probably the most environmentally friendly animated film since WALL-E!