Animation specialists GKIDS today announced the English language voice cast for their award-winning animated feature Mia and the Magoo by director Jacques-Rémy Girerd. The new English language version is produced by US distributor GKIDS and Matthew Modine, and features John DiMaggio, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine, Wallace Shawn, and James Woods, and introduces Amanda Misquez as Mia. The film opens theatrically for an exclusive engagement at New York’s IFC Center on March 25, with national bow set for Earth Day, April 22, in partnership with Earth Day Network.
Mia and the Magoo is the second feature by animator Jacques-Rémy Girerd, founder of famed French animation studio Folimage and recipient of France’s Ordre national du Mérite (National Order of Merit), one of the nation’s highest honors. The film was winner of Best Animated Feature at the European Film Awards in December 2009 and is being released theatrically in the US by GKIDS with the support of MEDIA International.
Created from an astonishing 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation, Mia and the Magoo 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.
Mia and the Magoo opens March 25 for an exclusive one week engagement at New York’s IFC Center, where GKIDS has opened previous animated films Azur and Asmar, Sita Sings the Blues, The Secret of Kells, and Summer Wars. The film will then open nationally on Earth Day, April 22, in partnership with Earth Day Network, the environmental organization behind the global Earth Day celebration. All theatrical proceeds from the film’s opening weekend will support Earth Day Network’s Canopy Project, a world-wide tree-planting initiative. Each tree planted counts towards A Billion Acts of GreenÂ®, the world’s largest environmental campaign.