Moominvalley (TV series)

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Moominvalley
MoominValleyLogo.png
GenreAnimated family drama
Created byMarika Makaroff
Steve Box
Based onMoomins
by Tove Jansson
Written byMark Huckerby
Nick Ostler
Steve Box
Directed bySteve Box
Starring
Composer(s)Samuli Kosminen
Jarmo Saari
Pekka Kuusisto
Country of originFinland
United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producer(s)Marika Makaroff
Producer(s)John Woolley (S1), Marion Edwards, Louise Holmes
Running time22 min.
Production company(s)Gutsy Animations
DistributorPGS Entertainment
Release
Original network
Original releaseFebruary 25, 2019 –
present

Moominvalley (Finnish: Muumilaakso, Swedish: Mumindalen, also known as just Moomin) is a 2019 Finnish-British animated family drama series. An adaptation of the classic Moomin books and comics by writer-illustrator Tove Jansson and her brother Lars Jansson, it is created using new techniques in 3D CGI.[1]

Finnish production company Gutsy Animations ran a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo from 8 March to 21 April 2017. The campaign was organized in order to raise funds towards visual development of the series.[2] Animation company Anima Vitae was appointed as the lead animation company for the first two episodes of the series.[3]

The tremendously popular series is Finland's most expensive TV show with a €20 million budget.[4] In 2019 the series' first episode was the most watched program on Finnish national broadcaster Yle's streaming service, Yle Areena.[5]

Synopsis[edit]

The protagonist of the series is Moomintroll, who is curious, kind, sensitive and idealistic. He is a typical teenage hero in a coming-of-age story: he tries to tackle the puzzle of growing up to his true, individualistic self while remaining a beloved part of the family. He lives with his caring Moominmamma and nostalgic Moominpappa. Moomintroll is joined by his best friend, the free-spirited wanderer Snufkin, the chaotic Little My, daydreamer Snorkmaiden, cowardly Sniff, and many other friends.

Cast and characters[edit]

Character English actor[6][7] Finnish actor[7][8] Finland Swedish actor[7][9] Japanese actor[7] Northern-Sami actor[10]
Moomintroll Taron Egerton Joonas Nordman Christoffer Strandberg Junta Terashima Áilu Val­le
Moominmamma Rosamund Pike Satu Silvo Maria Sid Kikuko Inoue Siri Broch Jo­han­sen
Moominpappa Matt Berry Ville Haapasalo Carl-Kristian Rundman Yasunori Matsumoto Mik­kel Gaup
Snufkin Edvin Endre Olavi Uusivirta Paavo Kerosuo Issey Takahashi Niko Val­ke­a­pää
Little My Bel Powley Kiti Kokkonen Saga Sarkola Ikue Otani Ire­ne Läns­man
Snorkmaiden Akiya Henry Alina Tomnikov Edith Holmström Minami Tsuda Lin­da Tam­me­la
Sniff Warwick Davis Markku Haussila Andreas af Enehielm Koji Ochiai As­lak Palt­to

Music[edit]

The score for the series is composed by Finnish musicians Pekka Kuusisto and Samuli Kosminen. Kuusisto's father, Ilkka Kuusisto, had previously composed an opera for the Moomins with Tove Jansson in 1974.[11] The official soundtrack was released on April 19, 2019.[12]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2019)

# English title[13] Finland Swedish title[14]
1 (1) Little My Moves In Pikku Myy tuli taloon Lilla My flyttar in
2 (2) The Spring Tune Kevätlaulu Vårvisan
3 (3) The Last Dragon In The World Maailman viimeinen lohikäärme Den sista draken i världen
4 (4) Moominsummer Madness Kelluva teatteri Den flytande teatern
5 (5) The Golden Tale Kultainen häntä Den gyllene svansen
6 (6) The Secret Of The Hattifatteners Hattivattien saari Hattifnattarnas ö
7 (7) Snufkin And The Park Keeper Nuuskamuikkunen ja Puistonvartija Snusmumriken och parkvakten
8 (8) Monster Fish Muumipapan kalajuttu Monsterfisken
9 (9) Night Of The Groke Yksin kotona Ensam hemma
10 - (10) Moominmamma's Maid Muumimamman apulainen Muminmammans hembiträde
11 - (11) Ghost Story Kummitustarina Spökhistorien
12 - (12) The Invisible Child Näkymätön lapsi Det osynliga barnet
13 - (13) Midwinter Ancestor Taikatalvi Trollvinter

Season 2 (2019 - 2020)

# English title[15] Finnish title Finland Swedish title
1 (14) Moomin's Winter Follies Latua, herra Virkkunen! Vintervansinne
2 (15) The Fire Spirit Nuuskamuikkunen ja tulenhenki Snusmumriken och eldanden
3 (16) Moominpappa & Son Muumipapan uusi yritys Muminpappan och plikten
4 (17) Little My Moves Out Kohtalokas pulloposti Hjärta rimmar med smärta
5 (18) The Strange Case Of Mrs Fillyjonk Rouva Vilijonkan katoamismysteeri Fru Filifjonks mystiska försvinnande
6 (19) The Hobgoblin’s Hat Taikahattu Den magiska hatten
7 (20) Thingumy and Bob Tiuhti ja Viuhti Tofslan och Vifslan
8 (21) The Trial Omituinen oikeudenkäynti Den rysande rättegången
9 (22) Farewell, Snorkmaiden Jäähyväiset Niiskuneidille Farväl Snorkfröken
10 (23) Moominpappa’s Island Muumipapan saari Muminpappans ö
11 (24) Moominmamma’s Mural Muumimamman muraali Muminmamman längtar hem
12 (25) Moomintroll and the Seahorses Muumipeikko ja merihevoset Mumintrollet och sjöhästarna
13 (26) November Muumilaakson marraskuu November

International broadcast[edit]

Moominvalley first aired on Yle TV2 in Finland in 25 February 2019, and a day after in Swedish on Yle Teema & Fem. It began airing in the United Kingdom on Sky One, Sky Kids and NOW TV on 19 April 2019. The first eight episodes aired overnight between 2:00 and 6:00 am, and were then repeated in pairs between 5:30 and 6:30 pm over the Easter weekend from 19 April to 22 April. Episodes 9-11 followed on the afternoon of Saturday 27 April, 12-13 on Sunday 28. The first five episodes of season 2 aired over the weekend before Christmas 2019, with the remainder broadcast over the following Easter weekend, 10-13 April 2020.[16] Japan's national broadcaster NHK premiered Moominvalley on its BS4K channel on 4 April 2019.[17] The series has also been sold to China.[18] On 9 August 2019 it launched on WildBrain's YouTube channel.[19]

On 1 May 2019 PGS Entertainment acquired the distribution rights to Moominvalley.[20]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

The series has been extremely successful in its reviews and ratings worldwide. The first episode of Moominvalley was viewed by 600,000 viewers when it premiered in Finland's Yle TV2 in February 2019. It also became the most watched television series episode of all time in Yle's streaming service, Yle Areena, bringing the total viewership of the first episode in Finland to over two million.[21].[22]

Awards[edit]

In 2019 Moominvalley was awarded the Best Animated Kid's Programme at TBI's Content Innovation Awards. [23] The series also won a Golden Venla award for 2019 Best Children's Program [24] and won Best Children’s Series at 2020 British Animation Awards. Moominvalley was nominated for Best Animation and Best Storytelling at 2019 Shanghai Television Festival.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Moomins are back, voiced by Taron Egerton and Kate Winslet". Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  2. ^ "New cutting edge Moomin TV series in development". Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Anima Vitae joins Gutsy's Moominvalley". Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Finland's most expensive TV show: New Moominvalley series". Yle Uutiset. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Useita Ylen tv-ohjelmia miljoonakastiin vuonna 2019 – Muumilaakson avausjakso keräsi reilusti yli 2,1 miljoonaa katsojaa". yle.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  6. ^ "New cast members of the upcoming animated series MOOMINVALLEY".
  7. ^ a b c d "Voices of Moominvalley".
  8. ^ "Uuden Muumi-animaation ääninä kuullaan Putous-tähtiä – katso näyte sarjasta (Finnish)", yle.fi
  9. ^ "Här är skådespelarna som ger röst åt den nya animationsserien Mumindalen (Swedish)", moomin.com
  10. ^ "Saamenkielinen Muumilaakso Mumenvággi alkaa 13.4. – ääninäyttelijöinä mm. Mikkel Gaup ja Áilu Valle".
  11. ^ "Each episode of the highly-anticipated Moomin animation series will include a featured track by top international artists – Moomin". Moomin. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Moominwalley (Original Soundtrack)". Amazon. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Sky, Moominvalley". Sky.
  14. ^ "Yle Arenan, Mumindalen". Yle Arenan.
  15. ^ Sky https://www.sky.com/watch/title/series/cb72686f-2d2c-4c4a-b1cb-1ca425e9fe7a/moominvalley/episodes/season-2/episode-1. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "First look at the animated characters of the highly anticipated Moominvalley TV series revealed". Moomin.com. 27 November 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  17. ^ "The new Moominvalley animation to premiere in Japan in April!". Moomin.com. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Uusi Muumilaakso-sarja alkaa (New Moominvalley series begins)". is.fi (in Finnish). 25 February 2019. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  19. ^ https://www.animationmagazine.net/streaming/wildbrain-heads-to-moominvalley-for-tove-janssons-105th-birthday/
  20. ^ http://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/pgs-brings-moominvalley-to-the-world-as-global-distributor/
  21. ^ "Useita Ylen tv-ohjelmia miljoonakastiin vuonna 2019 – Muumilaakson avausjakso keräsi reilusti yli 2,1 miljoonaa katsojaa". yle.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  22. ^ "Uusi Muumit on valtaisa hitti (New Moomin series is an enormous hit)". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 28 February 2019. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  23. ^ "Endemol Shine, Kew, Sky among Content Innovation Award winners". TBI Vision. 13 October 2019. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  24. ^ "Voittajat 2019". Kultainen Venla (in Finnish). Retrieved 27 January 2020.

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