Momo is a preteen girl who moves from Tokyo to a remote island with her mother after her father’s death. One of Momo’s most precious possessions is a letter from her father upon which the only words, “Dear Momo” are written. Momo wonders what her dad meant to write. While her mother goes to a training seminar, Momo attempts to adjust to island life but begins to freak when she starts seeing three strange looking goblins who steal food and seem to be following Momo and her mother all around. However, it seems only Momo can see them.
There are some very beautiful scenes of the island and the animation is good. It’s mostly grounded in realism but the goblins provide whimsy, action and laughs. Momo’s interactions with them and the eventual discovery of their purpose prove to be compelling and heartfelt. This is definitely good movie for kids and family although the story can be a bit slow at times.