Well it's been a while since I've seen this one but I'll try and explain the best I can. Here Goes. There's a boy who lives in England ,I think, with his aunt and uncle. They don't appreciate him and the neglect and verbal put downs they bestowe upon him is borderline abuse. Anyway I think he runs away and is sitting on a park bench when a giant bearded head floats down from the sky and Mio is carried off holding on to the beard. I think the head is an apparition of his father the King of the land of faraway. Mio has some conflicts with some creatures and villains. He is given magical items for his quest from people he helps along the way to an evil villain's castle. Items include a loaf of bread that fills you up eternally and a sword that can cut through stone. The sword plays an important part in the story later. The Villain King has a heart of stone I think you Know where this is going. Also I remember something about the Villain King turning children into birds and they circle his castle never leaving it's immediate domain. Of course Mio must stop the Villain King and return the children back to normal. I loved this movie when I was a kid and if I saw it again I'm sure I still would.