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Mia and the Migoo: Beat the Heat $2 Days Summer Family Series

Director: Jacques-Rémy Girerd
Writer(s): Benoît Chieux, Jacques-Rémy Girerd, Antoine Lanciaux, Stephanie Sheh and Iouri Tcherenkov
Cast: Featuring the voices of: John DiMaggio, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine, Wallace Shawn, James Woods
Awards: Won Best Animated Film at the European Film Awards, 2009
Running Time: 92 minutes
Rating: PG

One night Mia has a premonition. So after saying a few words of parting at her mother’s grave, she sets out on a cross continent journey, though mountains and jungles in search of her father, who has been trapped in a landslide at a 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. 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.

From the distributors of the Academy Award nominated THE SECRET OF KELLS comes the gorgeous second feature from renowned French animator Jacques-Rémy Girerd. Created from an astounding 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation, MIA AND THE MIGOO is a work of art, breathtaking to behold, with backgrounds that invoke Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne. Figures are outlined in pastel and bathed in rustic watercolors for a handcrafted look that bursts at the seams with painterly detail. The film is 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.

“Gorgeous to watch! Go for the fantasy, stay for the art.”
Los Angeles Times

“A hand-painted film that draws inspiration from Van Gogh and Cezanne, MIA AND THE MIGOO is genuinely beautiful, with eye-popping color and motion and dreamscapes; really inspired stuff.”
The Oregonian

“A beautifully animated adventure! A lovely, memorable film!”
Common Sense

“Vibrant! Shimmering! You’d be forgiven for mistaking MIA AND THE MIGOO for the latest effort from Hayao Miyazaki!”
LA Weekly

“Wonderful! Charming!”
Le Monde

“Beautifully animated! The gorgeous hand-done brushwork drenches the film in tropical colors and Van Gogh-like landscapes!”
Portland Mercury

Show Times: Playing July 5th at 3:00 p.m., ONE TIME ONLY! Part of the "Beat the Heat" $2 Days at the Athena. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens. Admission is suggested minimum donation of $2.