Moomin (1969 TV series)

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Moomin
Moomin (1969 TV series).jpg
Image from the TV series displaying the main characters
ムーミン
(Mūmin)
Genre Fantasy
Anime television series
Directed by Masaaki Osumi (Eps 1-26)
Noboru Ishiguro, Satoshi Dezaki, Ryosuke Takahashi, Rintaro (Eps 27–65)
Written by Tadaaki Yamazaki et. al.
Music by

Composer/songwriter: Seiichirō Uno

Singer: Toshiko Fujita (opening/closing song "Nē! Mūmin" (Hi, Moomin!))
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha (Eps 1-26)
Mushi Productions (Eps 27–65)
Network Fuji TV
English network BBC
Original run October 5, 1969December 27, 1970
Episodes 65

Moomin (ムーミン Mūmin?) is a Japanese anime television series which was broadcast on Fuji Television between 1969 and 1970. The series is loosely based on the Moomin books by the Finnish author Tove Jansson.[1] A sequel series entitled Shin Muumin (New Moomin) was later released in 1972. However, Jansson never approved of these series due to dramatic changes in areas such as plot, atmosphere, and character personality.

The series was never translated into any languages or released outside Japan. It is also notably different from the later anime television series Moomin, released in the early 1990s, which was translated into many languages and released in dozens of countries. The later series relies more on the original of the Moomin books (along with many of its comic strips), and was accepted[by whom?] as a part of the franchise.

Summary[edit]

Its first half is referred to as "Tokyo Movie version", the latter the "Mushi Pro version". Hisashi Inoue, a distinguished novelist and dramatist, participated as a screenwriter in the former. Tokyo Movie Shinsha undertook the production at first and drew Moomintroll's eyes like of Japanese children, who became an ordinary boy who occasionally fought or acted sly. To that, along with things such as Snufkin driving a car, Tove Jansson, the original author, angrily said: "My Moomin is no driver, fighter or moneymaker", an opinion shared by Hayao Miyazaki, who participated as an animator.

Although it had a high reputation as an adventurous, comedic, etc. series for boys, it was very different in areas like plot and atmosphere. In addition, the heroine who was only called Snorkmaiden was named "Nonono", after the first director's wife's pet. However, due to the author disliking her name being audible as 'non, non (no, no)', in the later "Delightful Moomin Family" she was renamed "フローレン, Fraulen", which parodied the German word "Fräulein", meaning "miss" (referring to an unmarried woman). As a result, Tokyo Movie had the contract cancelled and the designs were changed accordingly. After Mushi Pro took over, it had many more closely adapting episodes which included a mysterious, scary, comedic, or tragic story. Still, her consent was not obtained, and the program ended.

List of Moomin episodes[edit]

# Original Title Japanese English translation
1 " シルクハットのひみつ" The Secret of the Silk Hat
2 "悪魔のハートをねらえ" Aim for the Devil's Heart
3 "雨だ!あらしだ!!洪水だ!!!" Rain! Storm!! Flood!!!
4 "ふしぎの泉はどこにある?" Where is the Wonderful Spring?
5 "パパの思い出のライフル" Papa's Remembered Rifle
6 "かえってきたノンノン" Nonnon who comes back
7 "さよならガオガオ" Good-bye, Gao-Gao
8 "ノンノンがあぶない" Nonnon is in Danger
9 "ムーミン谷の列車大強盗" Train Great Robber of Moomin Valley
10 "ふしぎなこびと" Mysterious Midget
11 "消えたコレクション" Collection Which Disappeared
12 "ムーミン谷のクリスマス" Moomin Valley Christmas
13 "パパは売れっ子作家" Papa is a Popular Writer
14 "ムーミン谷最後の日" The Last Day in Moomin Valley
15 "帆を上げろ!ムーミン号" Put up the sail! Moomin Ship
16 "謎のグノース博士" Dr. Gnos of mystery
17 "ベビーはどこに" Where is a baby?
18 "乞食になりたい" (再放送で「金持ちはもうやだ」に変更される) I Want to Become a Beggar (changed to "I already got tired of the rich person" at the time of rebroadcast)
19 "月着陸OK! " Moonlanding, O.K.!
20 "スキーでハッスル! " Hustle on Skis!
21 "ふしぎな家なき子" Strange Child without Home
22 "山男だよヤッホー! " Mountaineer, Yoo-hoo!
23 "チビのミー大作戦" The big operation plan of Little Mee
24 "おさびし山のガンマン" The Gunman of Deserted Mountain
25 "おめでとうスノーク" Congratulations, Snork
26 "ノンノンこっちむいて" Nonnon, Please turn around to me
27 "顔をなくしたニンニ" Ninny Who Lost a Face
28 "小さな大冒険" Small, Great Adventure
29 "ひこう鬼現わる" Flying Demon (=The Hobgoblin) appears
30 "天国からの贈りもの" Present from Heaven
31 "ごめんねスティンキー" Sorry, Stinky
32 "森のゆうれい屋敷" Haunted House in the Forest
33 "おくびょうな豆泥棒" The Cowardly Beans Thief
34 "金の馬銀の馬" Golden Horse, Silver Horse
35 "夏祭りのオーロラ" Aurora of Summer Festival
36 "ムーミンパパのノート" Moomin's Papa's Notebook
37 "小さなみにくいペット" Small, Ugly Pet
38 "人魚さんこんにちわ" Miss Mermaid, Hello
39 "家にいるのは誰だ" Who is in the house
40 "ニョロニョロのひみつ" The Secret of Nyoro-Nyoro (=Hattifattener)
41 "マメルクをつかまえろ" Catch Mamelk
42 "大きな大きなプレゼント" Big, Big Present
43 "あらしの怪獣島" Stormy Monster Island
44 "海の星はどこに" Where is the sea star?
45 "悪魔の島がやってきた" Devilish Island has come
46 "真夏の雪を探せ!" Look for Snow of Midsummer!
47 "なくしたペンダント" The Lost Pendant
48 "歩いてきた山びこ" Echo Which Has Walked
49 "ピアノなんか大嫌い" I hate pianos
50 "眠りの輪をぬけだせ" Slip out the ring of sleep
51 "秋はおセンチに" To be Sentimental in Autumn
52 "月夜に踊る人形" The Doll Who Dances in the Moonlit Night
53 "凧が知っていた" The Kite Knew
54 "さようなら渡り鳥" Good-bye, Migratory Bird
55 "鳩は飛ばない" Doves Don’t Fly
56 "ムーミン谷のカーニバル" Carnival of Moomin Valley
57 "お婆ちゃんのひみつ" The Old Woman's Secret
58 "ノンノンがいなくなる? " Is Nonnon Gone?
59 "手品にはタネがある" There is a Trick in Magic
60 "ひとりぼっちの冬" Lonely Winter
61 "消えた雪うさぎ" Snow Rabbit Which Disappeared
62 "氷姫のいたずら" The Ice Princess' Mischief
63 "一日だけのお姫様" Princess Just for a Day
64 "影なんか恐くない" Who's Afraid of Shadow?
65 "おやすみムーミン" Good Night, Moomin

DVD release[edit]

This series has not been released on DVD, and there are no plans to do so.

Given Jansson's distaste for the 1969 series, her heirs are unlikely to grant permission for a DVD release in the foreseeable future. Moreover, several conflicting copyright claims exist on the Japanese side.

VHS and LD release[edit]

The series was released on VHS and LD in Japan, but was eventually discontinued.

LD
Vol.1-7 (episode 1-26)
VHS
"The volume of love" (episode 37, 49)
"The volume of dream" (episode 34, 64)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan Clements, Helen McCarthy. The anime encyclopedia. Stone Bridge Press, 2006. ISBN 9781933330105. 

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