Moominvalley (TV series)

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Moominvalley
Moominvalley tv series logo.jpg
GenreAnimated family drama
Created byMarika Makaroff
Steve Box
Written byMark Huckerby
Nick Ostler
Directed bySteve Box
Starring
Composer(s)Pekka Kuusisto
Samuli Kosminen
Country of originFinland, United Kingdom
Original language(s)Finnish, English, Swedish
No. of series2
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producer(s)Marika Makaroff
Producer(s)John Wooley
Running time22 min.
Production company(s)Gutsy Animations
DistributorPGS Entertainment
Release
Original network
Original releaseFebruary 25, 2019 – (Finland)
April 4, 2019 –
(Japan)
April 19, 2019 –
(UK)

Moominvalley (Finnish: Muumilaakso, Swedish: Mumindalen also known as 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 features a blend of 2D and 3D animating techniques.[1]

Finnish production company Gutsy Animations ran a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo from 8 March to 21 April 2017. The campaign was organised 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 series is Finland's most expensive TV show with a €20 million budget.[4]

On May 1, 2019, PGS Entertainment acquired the distribution rights to Moominvalley.[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[8][7] Finland Swedish actor[9][7] Japanese actor[7]
Moomintroll Taron Egerton Joonas Nordman Christoffer Strandberg Junta Terashima
Moominmamma Rosamund Pike Satu Silvo Maria Sid Kikuko Inoue
Moominpappa Matt Berry Ville Haapasalo Carl-Kristian Rundman Yasunori Matsumoto
Snufkin Edvin Endre Olavi Uusivirta Paavo Kerosuo Issey Takahashi
Little My Bel Powley Kiti Kokkonen Saga Sarkola Ikue Otani
Snorkmaiden Akiya Henry Alina Tomnikov Edith Holmström Minami Tsuda
Sniff Warwick Davis Markku Haussila Andreas af Enehielm Koji Ochiai
Hemulens' Joe Wilkinson Taisto Oksanen Pekka Strang ?
Mrs Fillyjonk Kate Winslet Kristiina Halttu Nina Hukkinen ?
Mymble Jennifer Saunders Lotta Lindroos Hellen Willberg ?
Emma the Stage Rat Alison Steadman Arja Saijonmaa ?
Misabel Rebecca Root Miiko Toiviainen Kaj Korkea-aho ?
The Muskrat Will Self Heikki Harma Max Bremer ?
Too-Ticky Katie Leung Elina Knihtilä Nina Palmgren ?
Ninny Mayumi Kawai Yasmine Yamajako Jenna Hukkinen Mayumi Kawai
Teety-Woo Matt Lucas Lauri Ketonen Olli Liljeström ?
The Ghost Richard Ayoade Ali Jahangiri André Wickström ?
Mr Fillyjonk ? Peter Kanerva ?
The Groke Susie Brann ?
Police Susie Brann Ella Pyhältö Cecilia Paul ?
Additional voices Susie Brann,
Jon Monie
Taina West,
Ella Pyhältö
Taina West,
Cecilia Paul
?

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.[10]

In September 2018, it was announced that Gutsy Animations made a deal with Sony Music to have the label's artists contribute original songs for each episode.[10] The track listing was revealed on January 25, 2019. The series includes tracks from artists such as Tom Odell, First Aid Kit, and Alma. [11]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Theme Song (I'm Far Away)" (performed by )
  • Goss
  • Tobias Laust
2:29
2."Starlight" (performed by Alma)
Mikkola2:20
3."Summer Day" (performed by Tom Odell)Tom Odell
  • Ben Baptie
  • Odell
2:58
4."Back to the Cave" (performed by Colonel Suns)
Colonel Suns3:37
5."Love Me with All of Your Heart" (performed by Delilah Montagu)
  • Carlos Rigual
  • Mario Rigual
  • Carlos Albert Martinoli
Barney Lister2:39
6."Home Again" (performed by First Aid Kit)
  • Klara Söderberg
  • Johanna Söderberg
Tucker Martine4:06
7."There Is Something in the Forest" (performed by Emilíana Torrini, The Colorist Orchestra and Kársnes Gilr Choir)
  • Torrini
  • Jespers
  • Proesmans
3:43
8."Home" (performed by Josef Salvat)
  • Rich Cooper
  • Josef Salvat
  • Cooper
  • Salvat
3:20
9."All Small Beasts Should Have Bows in Their Tails" (performed by Ellinoora)
  • Mia Makaroff
  • Steven Box
  • Samuli Sirviö
  • Johannes Brotherus
2:08
10."Free Spirit" (performed by Josef Salvat)
  • Rich Cooper
  • Josef Salvat
  • Cooper
  • Salvat
3:04
11."Country Air" (performed by SOAK)
  • Paul Livingstone
  • John Douglas
  • Frank Reader
Ant Whiting3:27
12."By Your Side" (performed by Mellah)Liam RamsdenRamsden3:09
13."In Blue" (performed by Declan McKenna)Declan McKennaMcKenna4:54
14."Northern Lights" (performed by and Goss)
  • Goss
  • Laust
3:37
15."Ready Now" (performed by Dodie Clark)
  • Dorothy Clark
Dodie3:01
16."The Author" (performed by Roosberg)
  • Christel Sundberg
  • Jori Sjöroos
  • Sundberg
  • Sjöroos
3:35

Episodes[edit]

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

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.[15] Japan's national broadcaster NHK premiered Moominvalley on its BS4K channel on 4 April 2019.[16] The series has also been sold to China.[17]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

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, with almost 500,000 viewers, bringing the total viewership of the first episode in Finland to over a million.[18]

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. ^ http://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/pgs-brings-moominvalley-to-the-world-as-global-distributor/
  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. ^ a b "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.
  11. ^ "Uusi Muumilaakso-televisiosarja saa muun muassa Alman, MØ:n ja First Aid Kitin tähdittämän soundtrack-levyn". Moomin.com (in Finnish). 25 January 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Sky, Moominvalley". Sky.
  13. ^ "Yle Areena, Muumilaakso". Yle Areena.
  14. ^ "Yle Arenan, Mumindalen". Yle Arenan.
  15. ^ "First look at the animated characters of the highly anticipated Moominvalley TV series revealed". Moomin.com. 27 November 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  16. ^ "The new Moominvalley animation to premiere in Japan in April!". Moomin.com. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Uusi Muumilaakso-sarja alkaa (New Moominvalley series begins)". is.fi (in Finnish). 25 February 2019. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Uusi Muumit on valtaisa hitti (New Moomin series is an enormous hit)". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 28 February 2019. Retrieved 2 March 2019.

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