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Momo E No Tegami

Momo E No Tegami

English Title: A Letter To Momo

Momo E No Tegami (A Letter To Momo) (2012) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film Momo E No Tegami

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  • Production I.G, Kadokawa Shoten
  • Animated Characters: Momo Miyaura, Ikuko Miyaura, Iwa, Mame, Kawa, Koichi, Great Grandfather, Great Grandmother.
  • Awards: Nominee, Annie Awards, Best Animated Feature, 2013 , Excellence Award, Japan Media Arts Festival, Animation Division, Malaysia, 2012.
    Audience Award, Best Animated Feature (Tied), Fantasia International Film Festival, Montreal, 2012
  • Originally Released in 2012.
  • Running Time: 119 minutes.
  • Color
  • Japan  Japan

Alternate Titles:

Alternate Title: "ももへの手紙."
English Title: "A Letter To Momo."

Release Dates:

  • Sep 4, 2011- Toronto International Film Festival
  • Oct 6, 2011- 44th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival
  • Oct 6, 2011- New York International Children's Film Festival
  • Mar 2, 2012- Busan International Film Festival
  • Apr 21, 2012- Japanese Release

Cartoon Production Information:

Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; Japanese theatrical release on April 21, 2012.

Seven years in the making, the exquisitely crafted A Letter to Momo is the highly anticipated second feature from world-renowned anime director Hiroyuki Okiura, whose 1999 film Jin-Roh met with international acclaim.

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. However, it's not long before several bizarre occurrences crop up around the previously tranquil island. Orchards are found ransacked, prized trinkets start disappearing and, worst of all, each morning after her mother leaves for work, Momo hears strange mumblings coming from the attic of their home.

Annoyed by these creepy goings-on and her mother's refusal to believe them, Momo embarks on a strange and supernatural adventure to discover the source of the mischief, which leads her to a trio of troublesome imps: the flatulent lizard Kawa, the childlike Mame and their hulking ogre leader Iwa. Momo also learns that her visit to the island is in some way connected to her father's mysterious letter.

After a decade-long absence from the director's chair, Okiura has enlisted a world-class team of creators, including animation supervisor Masashi Ando, who previously worked on Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. From the painstakingly rendered serenity of the island's Shinto shrines to the film's high-energy, ghostly climax, A Letter to Momo is a triumph of traditional hand-drawn animation. This sensitive coming-of-age story is both a child-friendly exploration of loss and an enchanting flight of imagination.

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