Comet in Moominland (film)

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Comet in Moominland
ムーミン谷の彗星
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Directed by Hiroshi Saitô
Produced by Kazuo Tabata
Written by Tove Jansson (novel)
Lars Jansson
Dennis Livson
Starring Minami Takayama
Ryûsei Nakao
Rei Sakuma
Takehito Koyasu
Akio Ôtsuka
Ikuko Tani
Mika Kanai
Music by Sumio Shiratori (original version)
Pierre Kartner (European version)
Edited by Seiji Morita
Production
company
Release dates
  • August 8, 1992 (1992-08-08) (Japan)
Running time 62 minutes
Country Japan
Finland
Language Japanese

Comet in Moominland (ムーミン谷の彗星 Mūmindani no Suisei?) is an anime film by Telecable Benelux B.V.. The film is based on the novel Comet in Moominland by Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson, originally published in Swedish.[1] It is the first full-length Moomin-film.[2] It was first released in Japan in 1992 as triple-feature with 2 shorter films, then it was released on video with 10 minutes of extra footage.[1] It was never released for English, but has been dubbed to several European languages. It was the seventh most watched film in Finland in the season 1992/1993 with 166.738 viewers.[3]

The film takes place before the events of the TV series, just after the moomin family had moved into Moominvalley.

The European dubs of the film use different musical score than the original. In the original version most of the music is taken from the score of the tv series Moomin, with the exception of two new songs.

Plot[edit]

Before the film, Moomin and his parents Moominpappa and Moominmamma had moved to Moominvalley and built their house.

Moomin, Little My and Sniff went to the beach to find shells for Moomimamma who wanted them to adorn her flowerbeds. During the trip Sniff found a cave. On the same evening it was raining, Moominmamma gave Moomintroll a pearl to could give to anyone he cared for. Moomin knew she thought of a girl, and didn't believe it would happen. Surprisingly, Muskrat asked for a place to stay because his home on the riverbank had been destroyed, where Moominpappa had build a bridge on the same day. Muskrat, a philosopher, had smelled something strange recently, and argued that the current rain was unnatural. The next day, Muskrat's words come true, because the rain was black and according to Muskrat that it was soot from space. To the entire people of the valley, he notes that the Final Judgment would fall upon them on. Later on the same day at the dinner table, he tells the Moomins about galaxies, their homeworld, and its fate. He believes that a threat is coming from space.

Moominpappa gets the idea about the astronomical observatory in the Lonely mountains, where a telescope can see far into space. The next morning, Moomin, Little My and Sniff leave the valley toward the Lonely mountains. On the way they meet Snufkin for the first time when he played the harmonica in a tent close to the river. Snufkin had heard about the comet which could crush to earth at any time, and joins the group. On the way he also tells of an old crater that is filled with garnets. Later, Sniff visits the crater, to get garnets for himself. But a large granite monster attacks him, which Sniff survives through luck and losing all his food at the same time. After that they climb the steep mountains towards the observatory, while Moomin finds a golden anklet. Snufkin knows that the anklet belongs to the Snork Maiden, who also was probably traveling with her brother to the observatory and investigate the comet.

They arrive at the astronomical observatory, where they find out the comet will be colliding after two days. On the way back to home, Moomin saves the Snork Maiden and her brother Snork from the jaws of a carnivorous tree. Both join the group. On the way they cross the bottom of the ocean, which comet has sucked dry. There Sniff finds an old pocket knife and the Snorkmaiden saves Moomintroll and Snufkin from a giant octopus in a sunken ship. They eventually reach the Moominvalley where all residents are seeking shelter because of the comet. After that Moomin and friends meet a Hemul who is a philatelist. After having survived a hurricane, they arrive to the Moomin House, where Moominpapa and Moominmamma were waiting, and start celebrate Moomin's birthday. Then they decide to move to Sniff's cave. Sniff is lost during the move when he saw the kitten and he was followed him by with a piece of Moomin's birthday cake. The comet was already approaching the valley, but Moomin and Snufkin tried to find Sniff and eventually found him in the last minute. The comet was almost crashing the earth, but changes the direction of upward rotation of the circle from it.

Many hours later, the sun returns to shine and the sea comes back and all Moomins and their friends are celebrating it on the beach. At same time Moomin give the Snork Maiden the pearl which he got from Moominmama at the beginning of the film. He gets a kiss in return from the Snork Maiden.

Cast[edit]

Role Japanese voice actor Finnish voice actor
Moomin Minami Takayama Rabbe Smedlund
Moominpappa Akio Ohtsuka Matti Ruohola
Moominmamma Ikuko Tani Ulla Tapaninen
Little My Rei Sakuma Elina Salo
Sniff Ryusei Nakao Jyrki Kovaleff
Snufkin Takehito Koyasu Pertti Koivula
Snork Maiden Mika Kanai Misa Palander
Snork Yasuyuki Hirata Ilkka Merivaara
Hemulen Minoru Yada Tapio Hämäläinen
The Muskrat Masato Yamanouchi Markku Huhtamo
The Mymble Yūko Kobayashi Leena Uotila
Fillyjonk Sumi Shimamoto Leena Uotila
Police Officer Takaya Hashi Tapio Hämäläinen

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jonathan Clements, Helen McCarthy. The anime encyclopedia. Stone Bridge Press, 2006. ISBN 9781933330105. 
  2. ^ Pentti Kejonen (April 6, 2011). "Muumipeikko ja pyrstötähti". Kaleva. 
  3. ^ Mitä missä milloin. Otava, 1995. p. 419. 

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