Letter to Momo, A: Tale of Daughter and her Father

A Leltter to Momo is a tale that combines whimsy and kinetic humor with deep felt emotion and drama.

The last time Momo saw her father they had a fight, and now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter, a blank piece of paper penned with the words “Dear Momo” but nothing more.

Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden.  These funny monsters, which have a serious side, may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her.

The film was seven years in the making and it shows: The handmade animation is nice, from the painstakingly rendered serenity of the island’s Shinto shrines to the climactic finale, a frantic chase featuring thousands of squirming, morphing ghosts and spirits.