Detroit Film Theatre

Saturday Animation Club: MIA AND THE MIGOO

Saturday, August 10, 2013

3:00 PM DFT Auditorium

(France/Italy—directed by Jacques-Rémy Girerd)

Created from an astounding 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation, Mia and the Migoo is a work of art, breathtaking to behold, with backgrounds that invoke Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne. Figures are outlined in pastel and bathed in rustic watercolors for a handcrafted look that bursts at the seams with painterly detail, all at the service of an enchanting story. One night Mia has a premonition. After saying a few words of parting, she sets out on a cross continent journey though mountains and jungles in search of her father, who has been trapped in a landslide at a 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. The Migoo 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, with what may well be the future of life on Earth hanging in the balance.This moving fable of a young girl who must overcome her fears to complete a noble quest is a modern classic of animation and storytelling, and a great adventure for all ages. Best Animated Feature, European Film Awards. In English, with the voices of Matthew Modine, Amanda Misquez, James Woods and Whoopi Goldberg. (92 min.)

“Gorgeous to watch! Go for the fantasy, stay for the art.” –Los Angeles Times

“Wonderful and charming!" –Le Monde

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