Created from an astonishing 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation, MIA AND THE MIGOO is a stunningly beautiful and thrilling family adventure that pits a plucky, wild haired young heroine Mia against profit-hungry developers, with the future of life on Earth in the balance. One night Mia has a premonition. So after saying a few words of parting at her mother's grave, she sets out on a journey across mountains and jungles in search of her father, who has been trapped in a landslide at a disaster-plagued 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 spirits called the Migoo, who grow and change shape as they please, morphing from small childlike beings to petulant giants. It is the Migoo who 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.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Trying to parse meaning in "Mia" is secondary to its main point, which is its look, created with 500,000 hand-drawn frames.Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 03.24.2011
Mia and the Migoo boasts a handsome, folkloric look that is often undermined by a ham-handed script.Ronnie Scheib, Variety, 03.24.2011
Regrettably, both the condemnation of capitalist avarice and violence and the sanctification of nature and youthful innocence are dramatized only in simplistic black-and-white terms.Nick Schager, Village Voice, 03.22.2011
So heavy-handed that only the youngest audiences won't feel talked down to. Instead, they're likely to be freaked out.Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 06.15.2011