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.
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.
Directed by Hiroyuki Okiura, 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.
A Letter to Momo will have its U.S. debut at New York's IFC Center on July 23, 2014. Following the New York opening, the film will then expand to several top markets across the U.S. including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Washington, D.C., Boston, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Seattle.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.