Mia and the Migoo

DVD Release: August 7, 2012
Mia and the Migoo


From the distributors of the Academy Award-nominated The Secret of Kells, come Mia and the Migoo, the gorgeous second feature from renowned French animator Jacques-Remy Girerd. A fable-like journey of a young girl who must overcome her fears on a quest to find her father and save the world from destruction, Mia and the Migoo was created from an astounding 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation. A stunning work of art, breathtaking to behold, with backgrounds that invoke Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne, it also features the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine, James Woods and Wallace Shawn.

Following a premonition, Mia sets out on a cross continental journey, through mountains and jungles in search of her father, who has been trapped in a landslide at the 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 sprites 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 the future of life on Earth hanging in the balance.

Dove Review

This is a story about a bad man named Jekhyde who changes by the end, and a girl named Mia in search of her father. He is off working in the mines but she doesn’t realize he has been in a cave-in. Mr. Jekhyde, the owner of the business, doesn’t want the workers to continue digging out Mia’s father, Pedro. He is more concerned about the monster or monsters known as the Migoo. He believes they are responsible for some recent tragic events. Mr. Jekhyde’s son, Aldrin, longs for his father’s affection and eventually Mia’s and Aldrin’s paths cross. When the great tree suffers severe damage, all of their lives are in danger.

This is a fantasy which involves magic and the sacred tree seems to be a god-like thing as it is stated the end of the world will come if the tree is destroyed. Despite this deifying of the tree, there is a good fantasy story told here, with a major villain changing by film’s end, and forgiveness being displayed. We gladly award this animated movie our Dove Seal for ages twelve plus.

Content Description

Sex: A young girl kisses a boy on the cheek; an innuendo when a man asks other men, "How's it hanging?" A boy tells a girl to "wake me up next time with a kiss and not by banging a pan".
Language: D-2; "Morons"-1; "Loser"-1; "Dirt bag"-1; "Shut up"-1
Violence: Tensions between a boss and his workers; tension between a man and his son; a man buys flame thrower and rockets; man shoots a flame thrower and the flames almost reach the people; on a very hot day a boy burns his hand on a car handle; angry men suggest burying a character alive and "seeing how he likes it"; a boy wakes his father up who yells at him but when the boy cries the father comforts him; a character says he plans to "kill a monster"; a girl falls over a cliff but magic winds lift her back up; a tree is set on fire after being hit with a flame thrower but it survives; helicopter wind knocks a girl down but she is okay; a young boy and girl jump out of a helicopter and land in water; a man has a deep fall with a landslide but is okay; a girl hits a man on the head with a rocket; a girl is told a monster killed her father but he is okay; explosions; lightning strikes a helicopter; a man has a dislocated leg and another man "pops" it back into place; a man is seen holding a gun.
Drugs: None
Nudity: A woman removes her shirt and is in a bra and wrings the sweat from her shirt to fill up a car's empty radiator; cleavage.
Other: Talk of "spooky" stuff and spirits; a woman displays magic when she makes a mobile spin around and tells a girl she will see the creatures of the mobile in the woods; a girl has "good luck" charms; it's said that a forest is "cursed"; you can see through back of head when bear-like creatures have their mouths open; a boy is angry with his father and says his dad should have been in a cave-in but he makes peace with his dad later on.


Company: Entertainment One Films
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 91 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Voices of: John DiMaggio, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine, Wallace Shawn, James Woods
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter