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"Mia and the Migoo" Cast Announcement, Release Date Info

GKIDS has announced the English language voice cast for Mia and the Migoo, a new film by French director Jacques-Rémy Girerd slated to premiere at New York’s IFC Film Center on March 25, 2011, and a nationwide release on Earth Day, April 22, 2011. The movie centers on a plucky young girl named Mia and bumbling forest spirits named the Migoo as they battle against profit-hungry developers threatening to destroy the Migoo’s sacred site. Matthew Modine, and features John DiMaggio, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine, Wallace Shawn, and James Woods have all been named as cast members, and newcomer Amanda Misquez will play Mia.

The full press release follows:



FEATURE ANIMATION DISTRIBUTOR GKIDS ANNOUNCES
THE ENGLISH VOICE CAST FOR
“MIA AND THE MIGOO”

JOHN DIMAGGIO
WHOOPI GOLDBERG
MATTHEW MODINE
WALLACE SHAWN
JAMES WOODS

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WINNER!
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS

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FILM OPENS NYC IFC CENTER MARCH 25
EXPANDS NATIONALLY APRIL 22
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EARTH DAY NETWORK

NEW YORK, NY – MAR 15, 2011 – Animation specialists GKIDS today announced the English language voice cast for their award-winning animated feature MIA AND THE MIGOO 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 MIGOO 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 MIGOO 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 MIGOO 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 Green®, the world’s largest environmental campaign.

About Earth Day Network – The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. www.earthday.org

About GKIDS – GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning filmed entertainment specializing in independent animation for both adults and children. GKIDS releases include Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells, Michel Ocelot’s Azur & Asmar, in partnership with the Weinstein Company, Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues, and Japan Academy Prize winner Summer Wars by Mamoru Hosoda. Upcoming releases include Jacques-Rémy Girerd’s Mia and the Migoo, winner of Best Animated Feature at the European Film Awards, Annecy winner Eleanor’s Secret by Dominque Monfrey, and Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli’s A Cat in Paris, which had its international premiere Berlin 2011 and was nominated for a Cesar. GKIDS is also producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF jury members include John Turturro, Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Modine, Gus van Sant, and James Schamus.

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