Moomin (1990 TV series)
A screenshot taken from the series, depicting its main characters.
(Tanoshii Mūmin Ikka)
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hiroshi Saitô
|Produced by||Kazuo Tabata|
|Written by||Masaaki Sakurai|
|Music by||Sumio Shiratori|
Telescreen Japan Inc.
Telecable Benelux B.V.
|English network||TVBIH (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Yle TV1, Yle TV2 and Yle Fem (Finland)
SET Metro, FTV (Taiwan)
SVT1 and SVTB (Sweden)
|Original run||1990 – 1992|
Moomin (楽しいムーミン一家 Tanoshii Mūmin Ikka ) is the third anime TV series adaptation based on the books by the Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson. It was produced in 1990-91 by TV Tokyo, Telescreen Japan Inc., Finlands Broadcasting YLE and Telecable Benelux B.V.. It helped fuel the "Moomin boom" of 1990s and became the second best known[by whom?] series adaptation based on the books (the other being The Moomins). The series has been broadcast in many parts of the world including Spain, Bosnia, Greece, Hawaii (where it was titled The Tales of Moominvalley), Israel, Nepal, Poland, Scandinavia, South Africa, Taiwan, Mexico, Montenegro and the United Kingdom. The European version of the series considers the Japanese series' sequel Delightful Moomin Family: Adventure Diary (楽しいムーミン一家 冒険日記 Tanoshii Mūmin Ikka: Bōken Nikki ) the second season of the same series and numbers the corresponding episodes 79-104. The series was followed by a film: Comet in Moominland.
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- Moomintroll - The main character, simply referred to as 'Moomin' by his friends. He is highly spirited and with a keen sense of adventure and fun. He is Snufkin and Sniff's best friend, and secretly has a crush on Snork Maiden. Though not the leader of the gang, he is undoubtedly the bravest and is often the catalyst for many of their adventures.
- Snufkin - Moomintroll's best friend, who travels south every winter and returns in the spring. He is the son of the Joxter. Snufkin is an adventurer and a vagabond, loved by those who are small and shy. He is an introverted and silent person, yet highly admired by his friends, especially Moomin who constantly seeks his approval. Snufkin wears old green clothes and a wide brimmed hat that he's owned since birth. Unlike his friends from Moomin Valley, Snufkin enjoys his own company and lives in a tent near the Moomins' house. He spends his time fishing and playing the harmonica (although he was shown to be smoking a pipe in the books). Snufkin is an environmentalist, who has a great dislike for The Park Keeper and the many regulation signs and fences he puts up. In one episode he sabotages The Park Keeper by planting Hattifatteners in his garden, which then grow and drive him out. Snufkin shows philosophical values similar to those in Buddhism: viewing possessions as a burden, and being happier keeping the memory of a thing rather than the thing itself. He is also shown to be quite brave and able to keep calm under pressure when in dire situations, such as during the gang's frightful encounter with an imp.
- The Snork Maiden - Moomin's girlfriend and admirer. She is gentle, optimistic and a little vain, but kindhearted and a famous beauty in Moomin Valley. She lives with her brother The Snork. Snork Maiden and The Snork are 'Snorks' - a species related to Moomins. She is identifiable by her fringe and gold anklet.
- Sniff - Sniff resembles a kangaroo. He is one of few characters who, like Stinky, exhibit outright greed and gluttony. Yet unlike Stinky Sniff is loyal and kind, if a little cowardly. He is always on the lookout for another way to make money. He is highly neurotic and hates the water, being normally the first to run away if an adventure gets a little too scary.
- Little My - A small, mischievous and spiteful tomboy who appears not to be afraid of anything. Little My is the younger sister of Mymble. She is very aggressive and often speaks rudely, but can be a good friend. She became a semi-permanent resident of the Moomin household after her sister Mymble was unable to cope with looking after her. She is very small, but makes up for this with her brash and loud personality. Her hair is red and always gathered in a distinctive bun. She wears a simple red dress with black gloves. She is larger in the series than her counterpart in the books, where she is dwarfed by an orange and Jansson's illustration shows her being only slightly larger than an ant.
- Moominpappa - Left on the doorstep of an orphanage as a baby, Moominpappa is a restless soul who went on many adventures in his youth. Moominpappa's lost youth is often referenced in the Moomins, and he can usually be found working on his memoirs. Although determined to be a responsible father, he can sometimes be a little bumbling or ignorant. He is identifiable by his black top-hat.
- Moominmamma - The mother of Moomin, and a motherly figure to all the other characters. She is considerate and stoic, a good host to guests and an excellent cook. She makes medicines from a book she inherited from her grandmother, and loves gardening and cooking. Moominmamma is almost never without her handbag and always wears a red and white striped apron.
- Snork - Snork Maiden's brother and good friend of the Moomins. He is an inventor whose dream is to fly, and throughout the series builds a giant flying ship for this purpose. He is bespectacled and a stickler for rules, and keeps himself somewhat distant from the rest of the group.
- The Hemulen - A senior from the 'Hemulen' species who are famed collectors. Having finished collecting stamps, he moves onto botany, before finally becoming a Birdwatcher. He is goodhearted yet pitiful, partly due to his bumbling personality. He helps Moomin and Snork Maiden whenever they are in need of help. Other characters frequently find Hemulen's annoying or overwhelming, as they can be somewhat loud, bossy, abrasive and insensitive, but they are well intentioned and usually have other redeeming qualities. He, like the rest of his species, wears a dress. In the books he is known as "The Hemulen".
- Mrs Fillyjonk - A highly neurotic, female weasel-like being who is the opposite of the Moomin family. She never feels a single moment of fantasy or joy, only duties and discipline. She is an extremely methodical individual tied down with principles and has a deep rooted belief in prestige and tradition. But in a catastrophe, Fillyjonk may behave totally irrationally. A Fillyjonk (presumably Mrs Fillyjonk's aunt) raised Moominpappa in an orphanage (a Hemulen in Tove Jansson's original book). Deep inside she probably has a wish to live like the Moomin family, without any worries. She is most often accompanied by her three children, of whom she is very protective.
- Mymble's daughter - later known as simply the Mymble, she is the oldest of Mymble's many children. Every bit as independent as her youngest sibling, Little My, but much calmer and more mature, Mymble's daughter is very proud of being the oldest sibling, and considers it her duty to raise Little My.
- The Police Inspector - a by-the-book yet bumbling Hemulen in charge of law enforcement in the valley. He has a crush on Mymble.
- The Witch - The Witch looks quite scary but is just a harmless old lady. For a long time she's unfriendly towards the Moomins and is against her granddaughter, Alicia, spending time with them. She warms up to them somewhat after they help her out on a few occasions, though, and allows Alicia to see them when not busy with her training.
- Alicia - the Witch's granddaughter and witch-in-training, likes the Moomins and plays with them secretly whenever the Witch is otherwise occupied.
- The Groke - The most terrifying figure in Moomin Valley. She is cold and ghostlike, and represents loneliness and all that is scary in the world of Moomin. She seeks warmth and friendship, but is unable to attain these as her touch freezes everything. Although she has a scary appearance and is dangerous to get close to due to the cold that she's radiating, she's not really evil - just very lonely.
- Hattifatteners - Small white ghost-like creatures that resemble fingers. Hattifatteners are always on the move and travel in large groups (but always in odd numbers), such as boat convoys. Their only goal in life is to reach the horizon. During their travels they never say a word to each other, and it's doubtful that they have the ability to talk at all as they seem to communicate solely by telepathy. The Hattifatteners cannot see very well, but their sense of touch is very strong, and they can feel ground vibrations and electricity. Hattifatteners assemble once a year when they "recharge" in a thunderstorm. At this time they should be avoided since they are highly charged and can give electrical burns - which the Hemulen is to learn himself when he steals their barometer and has to take refuge up a pole. Despite physiologically resembling animals, Hattifatteners grow from seeds. Planting Hattifattener seeds where someone has taken up residence is an effective way to get rid of him/her.
- The Hobgoblin - A powerful magician and wizard who travels the Universe with his flying panther, looking for the King's Ruby. His hat is found in the Lonely Mountains by Moomintroll, Snufkin and Sniff in the first episode, who take it back to Moominhouse. Chaos ensues, as anything you put inside the hat is transformed. Moomintroll himself is changed into a strange creature by the hat when he uses it to hide in during a game. The Hobgoblin himself appears in the second episode to take his hat back, and then in episode 8 when Thingumy and Bob are revealed to possess the King's Ruby. The Hobgoblin seems dark and imposing, but is really quite fair-minded and kind. He has the ability to grant wishes, however it only works for others and never himself.
- Thingumy and Bob - Two little creatures who turn up in Moominvalley with a large suitcase, which contains the King's Ruby. They speak a strange language and are pursued by the Groke who wants the contents. They upset Moominmamma by stealing her handbag. They eventually return it and the whole family throws a party to celebrate. The Hobgoblin arrives when Thingumy and Bob open the suitcase, exposing the King's Ruby for all to see. While they didn't give him the ruby, when the Hobgoblin gave everyone there a wish they wished for the Hobgoblin to have a ruby as beautiful as theirs; the Queen's Ruby.
- Stinky - A criminal by profession, trickster, and a dangerous influence who tempts the Moomin family to do things that are against the law. He has a code of conduct of his own, and is offended when the Moomins want to give him a large sum of money which has been causing them much trouble. Physically, Stinky looks like some sort of furry mammal, whose most characteristic attribute is his constant, unbearable stench, which also reflects his general attitude. His tricks are cruel and often dangerous - such as releasing wild animals from the zoo so they can get the Moomin family, or pressuring the Fillyjonk children into using a perilous rope swing. Luckily, he always gets his comeuppance.
- The Mymble - Mother of Little My and The Mymble's Daughter. She has many, many children, but is very jolly, her name was mentioned in Adventures of Moominpappa: Part 2 as well her appearance as a child between The Mymble's Daughter and Little My's ages.
- Too-Ticky - A friend of the family, craftsman and practical philosopher. She resembles a sailor, and seems wise beyond her years in a similar way to Snufkin.
- Ninny - A young girl who was turned invisible, shy and speechless due to the sarcastic and cold treatment from her Aunt. She was made to wear a bell so that others could be aware of her presence. The Aunt decided she could not look after an invisible child and so left her in the care of Too-Ticky, who decided the best place for her was with the warm, loving Moomin family. Their kindness gradually turned most of her visible, and a spout of anger at Moomin Papa revealed her head, which had remained hidden for weeks. Stinky tried to stop her from becoming visible again so that he could use her for a bank robbery, but his plans were foiled by Moomin and his friends. Too-Ticky returned to collect her, with her visibility, speech and confidence restored.
- Lady of the Cold - A strange and mystical character that glides through the ice and snow during winter. She has three legs and two arms, all of which have star shaped appendages on the end. Too-Ticky creates horses out of snow that the Lady brings to life in order to ride them through the sky, thus bringing an end to winter. She has the power to freeze people with her gaze, as Little My is to learn. Luckily My is soon thawed out by Too-Ticky and Moomin.
List of episodes
|1 - 101||"The Moomin Valley in Spring" (ムーミン谷の春 Mūmindani no Haru)||April 12, 1990|
|2 - 102||"The Magic Hat" (魔法の帽子 Mahō no Bōshi)||April 12, 1990|
|3 - 103||"The Discovery of a Wrecked Ship" (浜で見つけた難破船 Hama de Mitsuketa Nanpasen)||April 19, 1990|
|4 - 104||"The Moomins Discover the Island" (おばけ島へようこそ Obakejima e Yōkoso)||April 26, 1990|
|5 - 105||"The Secrets of the Hattifatteners" (ニョロニョロの秘密 Nyoronyoro no Himitsu)||May 3, 1990|
|6 - 106||"Tiny Guests" (小さな小さなお客様 Chiisana Chiisana Okyakusama)||May 10, 1990|
|7 - 107||"The Suitcase" (スーツケースの中身 Sūtsukēsu no Nakami)||May 17, 1990|
|8 - 108||"The Hobgoblin's Magic" (飛行オニの魔術 Hikōoni no Majutsu)||May 24, 1990|
|9 - 109||"An Invisible Friend" (姿の見えないお友達 Sugata no Mienai Otomodachi)||May 31, 1990|
|10 - 110||"The Invisible Child" (笑顔がもどったニンニ Egao ga Modotta Ninni)||June 7, 1990|
|11 - 111||"The Wings" (大空を飛ぶスノーク Ōsora o Tobu Sunōku)||June 14, 1990|
|12 - 112||"The Pirate" (ムーミン海賊と闘う Mūmin Kaizoku to Tatakau)||June 21, 1990|
|13 - 113||"The Last Dragon on Earth" (地球最後の龍 Chikyū Saigo no Ryū)||June 28, 1990|
|14 - 114||"Our Neighbour is a Tough Teacher" (お隣りさんは教育ママ Otonarisan wa Kyōiku Mama)||July 5, 1990|
|15 - 115||"Snorkmaiden's Lost Memory" (記憶を失ったフローレン Kiyoku o Ushinatta Furōren)||July 12, 1990|
|16 - 116||"A Close Encounter with Aliens" (ムーミン谷に火星人! Mūmindani ni Kaseijin!)||July 26, 1990|
|17 - 117||"A Change of Air" (ムーミンパパの家出 Mūminpapa no Iede)||August 2, 1990|
|18 - 118||"The Wooden Crate" (海から来た魔法の種 Umi kara Kita Mahō no Tane)||August 9, 1990|
|19 - 119||"Buried in a Jungle" (ムーミン谷はジャングル Mūmindani wa Janguru)||August 23, 1990|
|20 - 120||"Moomin Saves the Tigers" (ムーミン虎たちを救う Mūmin Tora-tachi o Sukuu)||August 30, 1990|
|21 - 121||"Snufkin Leaves Moomin Valley" (スナフキンの旅立ち Sunafukin no Tabidachi)||September 6, 1990|
|22 - 122||"Moomin and Little My's Adventure" (ムーミンとミイの大冒険 Mūmin to Mī no Daibōken)||September 13, 1990|
|23 - 123||"Visitors in Winter" (ムーミン谷の冬の住人 Mūmindani no Fuyu no Jūnin)||September 20, 1990|
|24 - 124||"Hurry Up Snufkin" (帰ってこないスナフキン Kaettekonai Sunafukin)||September 27, 1990|
|25 - 125||"The Lighthouse" (パパの夢をのせて Papa no Yume oo Nosete)||October 4, 1990|
|26 - 126||"The Day the Lighthouse Lit Up" (灯台に明かりのともる日 Tōdai ni Akari no Tomoru Hi)||October 4, 1990|
|27 - 127||"Aunt Jane" (お金持ちのジェーンおばさん Okanemochi no Jēn Obasan)||October 18, 1990|
|28 - 128||"The Floating Theatre" (浮かぶばけもの屋敷 Ukabu Bakemono Yashiki)||October 25, 1990|
|29 - 129||"The Lost Children" (離れ離れの家族 Hanare Banare no Kazoku)||November 1, 1990|
|30 - 130||"Midsummer" (喜びの再会 Yorokobi no Saikai)||November 8, 1990|
|31 - 131||"The Big Explosion" (スノークの空飛ぶ船 Sunōku no Sora Tobu Fune)||November 15, 1990|
|32 - 132||"The Golden Fish" (まぼろしの金色の魚 Maboroshi no Kin'iro no Sakana)||November 22, 1990|
|33 - 133||"The Spirit in the Lamp" (魔法のランプに願いを込めて Mahō no Ranpu ni Negai o Komete)||November 29, 1990|
|34 - 134||"The Kite" (たこに乗ったミイ Tako ni Notta Mī)||December 6, 1990|
|35 - 135||"The Witch" (帰ってきた魔女 Kaettekita Majo)||December 13, 1990|
|36 - 136||"Christmas Is Coming" (クリスマスって何? Kurisumasu tte Nani?)||December 20, 1990|
|37 - 137||"The Midwinter Bonfire" (冬の生物たちのお祭り Fuyu no Seibutsu-tachi no Omatsuri)||December 27, 1990|
|38 - 138||"The Spell" (眠りの魔法 Nemuri no Mahō)||January 1, 1991|
|39 - 139||"Things That Go Bang in the Night" (真夜中の不思議な音 Mayonaka no Fushigina Oto)||January 1, 1991|
|40 - 140||"The Secret Fireworks" (花火の秘密 Hanabi no Himitsu)||January 10, 1991|
|41 - 141||"Crooks in Moomin Valley" (ムーミン谷の怪事件 Mūmindani no Kaijiken)||January 17, 1991|
|42 - 142||"The Solar Eclipse" (魔女のほうき Majo no Hōki)||January 24, 1991|
|43 - 143||"The Prima Donna" (サーカスのヒロイン Sākasu no Hiroin)||January 31, 1991|
|44 - 144||"The Birthday Present" (すてきなお誕生日 Sutekina Otanjōbi)||February 7, 1991|
|45 - 145||"Moomin Builds a House" (ムーミンの建てた家 Mūmin no Tateta Ie)||February 14, 1991|
|46 - 146||"Dame Elaine" (パパは大金持ち? Papa wa Ōkanemochi?)||February 21, 1991|
|47 - 147||"The Hot Spring" (温泉が出た! Onsen ga Deta)||February 28, 1991|
|48 - 148||"The Bubbles" (シャボン玉に乗ったムーミン Shabondama ni Notta Mūmin)||March 7, 1991|
|49 - 149||"The Giant Pumpkin" (ママの秘密 Mama no Himitsu)||March 14, 1991|
|50 - 150||"The Imp" (枯木の中の声 Kareki no Naka no Koe)||March 21, 1991|
|51 - 151||"Snorkmaiden Goes Psychic" (フローレンの超能力 Furōren no Chōnōryoku)||March 28, 1991|
|52 - 152||"The Treasure Hunt" (宝探しで大騒ぎ Takarasagashi de Ōsawagi)||April 4, 1991|
|53 - 153||"The Water Nymph" (水の妖精 Mizu no Yōsei)||April 4, 1991|
|54 - 154||"Mymble's Diamond" (ミムラに贈り物 Mimura ni Okurimono)||April 18, 1991|
|55 - 155||"Moominpappa's Second Youth" (寂しそうなパパ Sabishisōna Papa)||April 25, 1991|
|56 - 156||"The Secret Dish" (旅に出たママ Tabi ni Deta Mama)||May 2, 1991|
|57 - 157||"Motherly Love" (フローレンの子育て Furōren no Kosodate)||May 9, 1991|
|58 - 158||"Artists in Moominvalley" (ムーミン谷のコンテスト Mūmindani no Kontesuto)||May 16, 1991|
|59 - 159||"Adventures of Moominpappa: Part 1" (パパの思い出 Papa no Omoide)||May 23, 1991|
|60 - 160||"The Terrible Little My" (ミイのいたずら Mī no Itazura)||May 30, 1991|
|61 - 161||"Moomin's the Fortune-Teller" (ムーミンは天才占い師 Mūmin wa Tensai Uranaishi)||June 6, 1991|
|62 - 162||"Witch-Walking" (魔法の言葉 Mahō no Kotoba)||June 13, 1991|
|63 - 163||"Adventures of Moominpappa: Part 2" (オーケストラ号の冒険 Ōkesutora-gō no Bōken)||June 20, 1991|
|64 - 164||"Moomin and the Birds" (巣立ちの日 Sudachi no Hi)||July 4, 1991|
|65 - 165||"The Fancy-Dress Ball" (ムーミンの秘密 Mūmin no Himitsu)||July 11, 1991|
|66 - 166||"The Vampire" (ムーミン谷の吸血鬼 Mūmindani no Kyūketsuki)||July 18, 1991|
|67 - 167||"The Chair" (壊れたパパの大事な椅子 Kowareta Papa no Daiji na Isu)||July 25, 1991|
|68 - 168||"Adventures of Moominpappa: Part 3" (ママと運命の出会い Mama to Unmei no Deai)||August 1, 1991|
|69 - 169||"The Phoenix" (伝説の不死鳥の危機 Densetsu no Fushichō no Kiki)||August 8, 1991|
|70 - 170||"Moomin's Big Fish" (お魚パーティーで仲直り Osakana Pātī de Nakanaori)||August 15, 1991|
|71 - 171||"The Slug-a-Bed Mushrooms" (光るキノコの正体 Hikaru Kinoko no Shōtai)||August 22, 1991|
|72 - 172||"Moomin and the Dolphin" (ムーミンとイルカの友情 Mūmin to Iruka no Yūjō)||August 29, 1991|
|73 - 173||"The Cave" (ムーミン探検隊 Mūmin Tankentai)||September 5, 1991|
|74 - 174||"A Wonderful Present" (歌う花のプレゼント Utau Hana no Purezento)||September 12, 1991|
|75 - 175||"The Fabulous Emerald" (ムーミンのすてきな夢 Mūmin no Suteki na Yume)||September 19, 1991|
|76 - 176||"Painting a House" (こわれたおうち Kowareta Ouchi)||September 26, 1991|
|77 - 177||"The Great Race" (完成!空飛ぶ船 Kansei! Sora Tobu Fune)||October 3, 1991|
|78 - 178||"Going South" (ムーミン大空へ Mūmin Ōzora e)||October 3, 1991|
|1 - 201||"The Ring on a Finger" (ムーミンが結婚!? Mūmin ga Kekkon!?)||October 10, 1991|
|2 - 202||"The Girl With Birds" (スニフの恋 Sunifu no Koi)||October 17, 1991|
|3 - 203||"A Wind of Freedom" (新しい生き方のすすめ Atarashii Ikikata no Susume)||October 24, 1991|
|4 - 204||"Mr Caramel" (世話好きなおばさん Sewazuki na Obasan)||October 31, 1991|
|5 - 205||"A Real Gold Mine" (金色のしっぽ Kin'iro no Shippo)||November 7, 1991|
|6 - 206||"Sand Sculptures" (ムーミン谷の彫刻展 Mūmindani no Chōkokuten)||November 14, 1991|
|7 - 207||"The Beach" (僕らの浜辺をかえして Bokura no Hamabe o Kaeshite)||November 21, 1991|
|8 - 208||"A Bothersome Nephew" (署長さんの悩み Shōchō-san no Nayami)||November 28, 1991|
|9 - 209||"The Time Travel Machine" (ご先祖様で大さわぎ Gosenzo-sama de Ōsawagi)||December 5, 1991|
|10 - 210||"The Circle of Secrets" (チン入者で大騒動 Chinnyūsha de Ōsōdō)||December 12, 1991|
|11 - 211||"The Dragon" (からの招待状 Kara no Shōtaijō)||December 19, 1991|
|12 - 212||"The Desert" (タイムマシーンふたたび発動 Taimumashīn Futatabi Hatsudō)||January 1, 1992|
|13 - 213||"Queen Cleothystra" (女王陛下とドッキンコ Joō Heika to Dokkinko)||January 1, 1992|
|14 - 214||"The Treasure Map" (ニョロニョロがぞろぞろ Nyoro Nyoro ga Zoro Zoro)||January 9, 1992|
|15 - 215||"A Sniff at Everything" (便利屋さんはコーリゴリ Benriya-san wa Kōrigori)||January 16, 1992|
|16 - 216||"Funny Disguises" (ムーミンが大変身 Mūmin ga Daihenshin)||January 23, 1992|
|17 - 217||"Moomin in Cowboy Country" (ムーミン西部に行く Mūmin Seibu ni Iku)||January 30, 1992|
|18 - 218||"Moominson Crusoe" (ムーミン一家漂流記 Mūmin Ikka Hyōryūki)||February 6, 1992|
|19 - 219||"Hidden love of Pretty Mee" (ミィが恋わずらい? Mī ga Koiwazurai?)||February 13, 1992|
|20 - 220||"Tears of the Dragon" (竜の涙を捜せ! Ryū no Namida o Sagase!)||February 20, 1992|
|21 - 221||"Chouca Lisa" (ムーミンルネッサンスへ行く Mūmin Runessansu e Iku)||February 27, 1992|
|22 - 222||"The Night of the Red Moon" (お月様が落っこちる?! Otsuki-sama ga Okkochiru?!)||Mars 5, 1992|
|23 - 223||"Return to childhood" (パパのいたずら大作戦 Papa no Itazura Daisakusen)||Mars 12, 1992|
|24 - 224||"The Birthday Surprise" (ミィのやけくそ誕生日 Mī no Yakekuso Tanjōbi)||Mars 19, 1992|
|25 - 225||"The Moomins and the Fake Yeti" (秘密の薬を捜せ! Himitsu no Kusuri o Sagase!)||Mars 26, 1992|
|26 - 226||"The Starry Voyage" (笑顔の戻ったムーミン谷 Egao no Modotta Mūmindani)||Mars 26, 1992|
Differences from the books
- Moomintroll is called "Moomin", except the first episode in the Japanese version, where the narrator introduces him as "Moomintroll".
- Little My appears in the series from the beginning, but appears only in later volumes in the books.
- Lady of the Cold looks very different from the description in the books.
- In the books the Moomins exchange the King's Ruby for the Hobgoblin's top hat and the Hobgoblin later arrives, to collect the King's Ruby, with a new hat. In the series however, Hobgoblin gets his top hat back in the second episode and in the seventh episode the Moomins instead exchange the King's Ruby for a heart-shaped sea-shell Snorkmaiden gave Moomin.
- A Fillyjonk raises Moominpappa in the orphanage in the series, while in the books it's a Hemulen who raises him.
- Snorkmaiden and Sniff who disappear occasionally in the book series have bigger roles in the TV series and they appear quite often throughout the series.
- Snufkin takes a friendly attitude towards people who are not in the Moomin family. He doesn't smoke a pipe in the series.
- Alicia and her grandmother (the witch) are characters who were invented for the series, they did not exist in the books or comic strips.
In Scandinavia, the series was released by Svensk Filmindustri and by Finnkino in Finland. The Finnish DVD release had both the Finnish and the Swedish dub, while the Swedish release had only the Swedish.
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