Ranked #799

Momo e no Tegami

Alternative Titles

English: A Letter to Momo
Japanese: ももへの手紙


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 10, 2011
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: GKids
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Original
Genres: Drama
Duration: 2 hr.
Rating: G - All Ages


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Ranked: #7992
Popularity: #1619
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Momo is a young girl who grew up in a big city. However, following the premature loss of her father, she has to move with her mother to the old family house on a remote island. Here, time seems to have stopped: old wooden buildings, holy shrines surrounded by trees, fields painstakingly carved out from steep hills... and no shopping mall.

Needless to say, Momo is not too overenthusiastic about this new environment. Most of all, her heart is still feeling uneasy about an unfinished letter left by her father. A letter that contained only two words: "Dear Momo..."

What was dad going to say?

One day, exploring the attic of her new big house, Momo finds a dusty and worn out book. And from that moment, something really unexpected starts happening around her...

(Source: Production I.G Official Website)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Nishida, Toshiyuki
Nishida, Toshiyuki
Miyaura, Momo
Miyaura, Momo
Miyama, Karen
Miyama, Karen
Yamadera, Kouichi
Yamadera, Kouichi


Okiura, Hiroyuki
Okiura, Hiroyuki
Director, Script, Storyboard, Character Design, Planning
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Sound Director
Ohira, Shinya
Ohira, Shinya
Key Animation
Inoue, Toshiyuki
Inoue, Toshiyuki
Key Animation, Assistant Animation Director

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Ending Theme

"Uruwashimahoroba ~Utsukushiki Basho~ (ウルワシマホロバ~美しき場所~)" by Yuuko Hara

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Sep 18, 2011
"A Letter to Momo" had reportedly taken the director Okiura Hiroyuki 7 years to produce. Allow me to be the first to say, the time and effort spent on perfecting this film have not gone to waste. I was fortunate enough to watch this latest masterpiece at the 2011 TIFF screening.

The art/animation in this movie is top-notch. Production I.G. with assistance from P.A. Works, Studio Pierrot, and CG by Dandelion resulted in stunning visual quality down to the tiniest details. What I especially liked, was the amount of attention paid to body language and gestures. There's so much information to be gleaned from visuals alone, read more
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Mar 10, 2015
A letter to Momo has comfortably been sitting in my 'plan to watch' list for quite a few years now. I'm disappointed that i've left this little masterpiece alone for such a long time, however, glad it has since migrated to my completed list. In my eyes, this film could truly hold it's own against some of the most recognized Ghibli films.

This film, in short, is about a young protagonist named Momo who moves towns with her mother after the death of her father. It's not long until she discovers that the new house she has moved into includes three Youkai that for some read more
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Nov 18, 2015
It is very hard to deal with the death of a loved one. It's even harder to watch a child loose a parent at such a young age and the spouse, even though they must move on. Knows now that the person they married, they dedicated their love to is gone. This painful reminder sets up our story for the young Momo and her mother. Leaving Tokyo after the sudden death of her father, Momo and mom move out to a big island where the grandparents live. Now they must adjust to a new life, as Momo has difficulties with this, her mother fits in read more
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Oct 24, 2015
An attempt at an all-ages family film dealing with childhood traumas (in this case, the loss of a parent) with fantasy/supernatural entities as acoping mechanism; very Ghibliesque, particularly similar to _My Neighbor Totoro_ in using the device of a move to the remote countryside (an island) to live in an old-fashioned building and encountering folkoric creatures. Sounds promising, yet I was disappointed.

The basic trouble with _Momo_ is that it executes well on *none* of these aspects. Momo herself is an ultra-bland character who cannot stand any comparison with Ghibli heroines like Sen or Shizuku. The island setting is woefully underused throughout the movie (except for read more
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Momo e no Tegami (A Letter to Momo) and Colorful are both movies that invite drama with their setting and atmosphere. Throughout both movies, there is an inspirational tone that moves the story with its characters along with its similar themes.

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