A Letter to Momo

A Letter to Momo
Voice Director: Michael Sinterniklaas

US Home Media: Oct 21, 2014
Japan Theatrical: Apr 21, 2012

Animation Studio: Production I.G.

Popularity: 1,373rd All Time, 47th This Week

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SapphireHeart2
said at 3:27 PM on Mon Mar 9 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
I love this film. I really need to rewatch it!
ConfusedPhantom
said at 6:05 PM on Wed Mar 4 2015
 1 Shout Out!
I didn't even know this was dubbed! O_o
JTurner
said at 10:58 PM on Sat Jan 17 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
This movie is absolutely wonderful. It's hard for me to believe that the director of this movie is the same one who handled the dark, depressing but still richly animated Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. But this is a much more accessible film, and is gorgeous to look at. More importantly, the story is beautifully told, with an honest sincerity that one wonders if director Hiroyuki Okiura took lessons from Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro prior to making this movie. As with that film, this is about a girl who discovers magical creatures in her attic, a story that at times turns silly and, unexpectedly, melancholy in its latter half. The setup of this particular tale, though, is quite darker. Introverted teenager Momo is grief-stricken by her father's recent passing, with only an incomplete letter written by him as a momento. (This is even more saddening because we learn that she had a falling out with him prior to his unexpected death at sea.) After moving with her extroverted mother to Shio Island to stay at her grandparents' house, Momo soon discovers three goblins haunting her attic. These are goofy, gluttonous, but ultimately harmless fellows who look like Gollum's cousin, an amphibian, and an ogre. Aside from being richly animated, this film also touched me on a personal level. I, too, had a falling out with my own father prior to his passing, but luckily, I changed my attitude toward him for the better days before he died, hence why I'm not as grief-stricken by it. Momo painfully learns this lesson the hard way when she gets into a similar argument with her mother, which leads to the latter becoming gravely sick.

I regret I didn't learn about this movie until now, but I'm really glad I watched it. This is a movie that I highly recommend for any Anime fans and watchers of good family drama. It may be one of my favorite Animes of this year so far (although really, I'm about three years too late to discover it).

On another note, the dubbing by NYAV Post, directed by the incomparable Michael Sinterniklaas and scripted by Stephanie Sheh, is absolutely outstanding. Fourteen-year-old Amanda Pace, in her Anime dub debut, does an outstanding job as Momo, providing the character with believable, tangible emotions that earn viewers her sympathy. I always like it when children are used to dub child roles. It was the main reason I became a huge fan of ADV's dub of NADIA, which I'm still a fan of today. It's refreshing to hear a NYAV Post dub with a child voice done by a real child as opposed to adults. Not that I object otherwise, but I don't think this dub would have had quite the emotional impact on me if she was voiced by anyone else. But her performance is absolutely wonderful, and really makes the dub really enjoyable. Stephanie Sheh plays her mother, and she, too, does an excellent job. The chemistry between her and Amanda is very believable and solid, which is all the more important given the emotional trauma both go through in the second half. The goblins are all amusingly voiced, one of which is portrayed by Bob Bergen. Seriously, though, I could not find fault with this dub at all.
skeletonking1234
said at 4:57 PM on Sat Jan 17 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
I didn't know Dana Snyder was doing anime work. It's also nice to see Bob Bergen in an anime again.
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