Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Anime at the Modern: Fantastic Friends Double Feature
This anime double feature presents two heartwarming tales of children and the fantasy creatures who befriend them: Ponyo and A Letter to Momo.
- 12 pm: Ponyo is Hayao Miyazaki's reimagining of The Little Mermaid and a tribute to his son, Goro. Ponyo is the "fish-girl" daughter of an undersea magician who longs to live on the land. She escapes to the land and meets a five-year-old boy named Sosuke. But Ponyo's transformation into a human girl upsets the balance between the real and the magical worlds, and only the love of these two five-year-olds can set things right. Rated G.
- 2:15 pm: A Letter to Momo was written and directed by Hiroyuki Okiura (a veteran animator who has worked on films ranging from Akira (1988) to Your Name (2016)), assisted by a group of Studio Ghibli alumni. When 11-year-old Momo loses her father, the only thing she is left with is a letter he had started to write her, but only got as far as "Dear Momo." Moving with her mom back to her mom's hometown on an island, Momo discovers their house is haunted by three "yokai" (Japanese goblins). Though at first frightened, Momo ultimately becomes friends with the yokai and they help her adjust to her new life. But more than that, they may be the key to the lost message from Momo's father.