The last time Momo saw her father, they had a fight. Now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter 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.
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As someone that grew up on Ghibli, I can be slightly judgemental about animated films. However, I browsed about, saw a description of Momo, and thought I'd give it a try. I was not disappointed. There are very few things that I go out of my way to buy on DVD and this is one of them. I love the animation style, I love the little quirks of the characters, and I love the story behind this. It strikes a great balance between drama and comedy, in a way similar to Wolf Children, and I think it deserves credit for that. One of my favorites.
I put off watching this movie for the longest time! I am so glad I finally got around to watching it! It made me laugh out loud a number of times and cry too! Family friendly for sure. The goblins are so funny and Momo really grows throughout the movie. Her relationship with her mother grows too! The ending is very sweet and makes you wish it were real. Make sure you watch with loud sound because the smallest goblin is hard to hear and it is important to hear him. Also, notice his doodle! Everything he does and says has a deeper meaning/reason. I love that the biggest one pushes her in over and over! ENJOY! :)
Normally, I would break down my individual scores with specifics, but since I'm short on time, I'm going to give an overall impression review. Momo e no Tegam (A Letter to Momo) is a little slow to start at first, but the story unfolds quite beauifully. The writer clearly wanted to paint the picture of an uncertain and fragile child in a new home, a new town, and surrounded by "old" stuff everywhere. As I watched, I began to think about how I might feelif it as me movnig from Tokyo, a city metropolis, to a seaside town in the bay of an island. It would have been a great shock. By the time the story got going, I had formed an emotional attachment to Momo. Her past was explained a bit too, so I was able to undersand why they'd moved and that made it even more emotional. The story had ups and downs, exitement and suspense, but the whole while, I was emotionally involved with Momo's plight and what might hapn to her. Moving on...the artistry was wonderful. They really did a great job with detail work and brought every scene to life! Sometimes, the backdrops seemed like living paintings- as if I could imagine being there personally. I managed to make it to a smal seaside town in Japan a couple of years ago and it definitely brought back memories. The sound was great, voice actors did a fine job of not overacting or under acting. I felt their emotions in every word. The music wasn't anything particular special, but it went very well with the storyline, lifting things up and drumming them down when needed. I really enjoyed Momo e no Tegamand I think you will too! Take thetime to watch it and grab a popcorn and some Japanese herbal seasoning salt to enhance the experience!
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