Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she begins to explore her new habitat, meeting local children and learning their routines and customs.
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The genius of Miyazaki is to be able to speak both to children and to adults because his screenplays are multidimensional. Here, with A Letter to Momo, we have a movie that can only speak to children. A DVD zone one level only. Already forgotten.
I'm glad I found a great torrent for this! Something very worth watching in HD. The visuals, textures, colours and lines are so well defined and compelled! The fluid movement of the animation is something that gives so much justice to the colours and background. Some of the panoramas seem like paintings and pictures. The story... speechless.
Beautifully paced. It's tempting to compare this to Miyazaki films upon first glance--doesn't mean that it should be. Compelling and raw depiction of family tensions are comfortably meshed with fantasy--though unlike Miyazaki films, the spirit element didn't feel like comic relief or fun distractions being pulled over my eyes.
The animation looks like a Miyazaki supervised Studio Ghibli film though a bit dulled and flattened by digital theater projection. The story is fine, reminiscent of MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, but doesn't quite attain the magical charm and grace of the films it seems modeled after.