Mia and the Migoo
Mia and the Migoo (2008), directed by Jacques Remy Girerd, is about a man named Pedro, who takes a construction job far away from his village. A rockslide traps him in a tunnel, and his daughter, Mia, must travel to save him. Meanwhile, Mr. Jakhide (John Dimaggio), the person behind the construction site, is trying to understand what in the world is attacking his project, a new hotel in the center of a jungle. An employee informs him that an animal has broken the cranes and other machines, leaving behind massive footprints. With a deal on the line, Jakhide takes his son, Aldrin, to check in on things.
I enjoyed this movie. The artwork is stunning. Animators painted 500,000 frames for the film, and you can tell that this film was a passion project for everyone involved. Shawn Levy, a reporter from the Oregonian, states, “A hand-painted film drawn from Van Gogh and Cezanne, [Mia and the Migoo] is genuinely beautiful, with eye-popping color and motion and dreamscapes: inspired stuff.”
The cast is phenomenal in bringing this unique story to life. James Woods plays as a coworker of Pedro, who refuses to give up on his friend even when all seems lost. Whoopi Goldberg voices a sorceress who informs Mia that it is a dangerous road ahead and tells her that creatures will help her. Wallace Shawn plays Migoo and all of its multiples.