The Moomins (TV series)

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The Moomins
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Written byMaria Kossakowska
Lucjan Dębiński
Music byAndrzej Rokicki
Country of originPolish People's Republic, Austria, Germany
No. of episodes100
DistributorGlobal Genesis Group
Original networkITV[1][2]
Original release1977 –

The Moomins (Polish: Opowiadania Muminków, German: Die Mumins) is a stop motion animated children's television series based on the Tove Jansson's Moomin series of books which was produced by Se-ma-for and Jupiter Film between 1977 and 1982 for Polish, Austrian and German television. The series was later sold to other countries including the UK. The British version was adapted by Anne Wood at FilmFair and broadcast in the UK. Series 1 was first shown on Monday 24 January 1983 at 4:15 pm and series 2 on Monday 7 January 1985 at 4.15pm on Children's ITV, and series 2 was repeated in 1986. The series was last repeated in its entirety in 1988. It was narrated by British actor Richard Murdoch.[3]

This series was the third series to be made based on the Moomin books. Two more were subsequently made. It is one of the two best-known Moomin series (along with the Japanese-made anime version Moomin (1990)). The 1977–1982 stop-motion version has been criticised for being scary in places and rather dark in tone for the young audience at which it was aimed. It is, in contrast to the 1990s series, widely believed to be the most faithful TV adaptation of Tove Jansson's stories, and much closer to her vision. Tove herself had a great deal of involvement during the series' production and was very happy with it (as revealed in an interview with Anne Wood in Simon Sheridan's 2007 book The A to Z of Classic Children's Television). The scripts for each episode were translated from Polish into Swedish and sent to Tove and Lars Jansson, who, if they felt that anything needed to be changed, corrected the script, expanding or rewriting it; afterwards, the scripts were sent back and only then did production of the particular episode begin.

The opening titles featured a bouncy theme tune consisting of flutes and synthesizers composed by Graeme Miller and Steve Shill, and a popular still of Moomintroll holding a hat.

In 2010, an HD version of the series was released. It was later followed by a new US-produced English dub in 2017.

Episode list[edit]

The UK adaptation consisted of 100 five-minute episodes.

Series 1 consisting of 50 episodes was first broadcast Mondays to Fridays at 4:15 pm, 24 January to 1 April 1983 on Children's ITV. Series 2 consisting of another 50 episodes first aired Monday to Fridays at 4:15 pm, 7 January to 15 March 1985 on Children's ITV.

Series one[edit]

UK Broadcast Date Title
24.01.1983 Hobgoblin's Hat
25.01.1983 Magic Clouds
26.01.1983 King of California
27.01.1983 The Ant Lion
28.01.1983 Canaries & Raspberry Juice
31.01.1983 The Indoor Jungle
01.02.1983 Thingumy and Bob
02.02.1983 The Trial of the Groke
03.02.1983 Snufkin's Leaving
04.02.1983 The Ruby
07.02.1983 The Great Search
08.02.1983 The Party
09.02.1983 Hobgoblin Arrives At the Party
10.02.1983 Special Wishes
11.02.1983 The Voyage
14.02.1983 Attack of the Hattifatteners
15.02.1983 The Barometer
16.02.1983 Island Treasures
17.02.1983 Return to Moominvalley
18.02.1983 Invisible Child
21.02.1983 The Cure
22.02.1983 Christmas
23.02.1983 Winter
24.02.1983 Little My Goes Skating
25.02.1983 Moomintroll and Little My
28.02.1983 The Lady of the Cold
01.03.1983 Ancestor
02.03.1983 Healthy Hemulen
03.03.1983 Sorry-oo
04.03.1983 Sorry-oo and the Wolves
07.03.1983 The Winter Bonfire
08.03.1983 Return of the Sun
09.03.1983 The Great Thaw
10.03.1983 The Fillyjonk
11.03.1983 Catastrophe
14.03.1983 Moomintroll & the Dragon
15.03.1983 Moomintroll's Pet
16.03.1983 Memoirs
17.03.1983 The Orphan
18.03.1983 Hodgkins & the Sailor
21.03.1983 Edward the Booble
22.03.1983 Moomintroll to the Rescue
23.03.1983 The Storm
24.03.1983 The King
25.03.1983 Island Ghost
28.03.1983 Flying Boat
29.03.1983 The Muddler's Marriage
30.03.1983 Love Story
31.03.1983 The Volcano
01.04.1983 The Island

Series two[edit]

UK Broadcast Date Title
07.01.1985 The Haunted Theatre
08.01.1985 Misabel's Hairdo
09.01.1985 Emma the Theatre Rat
10.01.1985 A Night in the Trees
11.01.1985 Astonished Awakening
14.01.1985 The Parkkeeper's Surprise
15.01.1985 The Fillyjonk
16.01.1985 Creepy Magic
17.01.1985 The Naughty Woodies
18.01.1985 Snufkin's Invitation
21.01.1985 In Jail
22.01.1985 Tea with the Hemulen's Niece
23.01.1985 Dress Rehearsal
24.01.1985 The Performance
25.01.1985 The Confrontation
28.01.1985 The Gadfly
29.01.1985 The Cure
30.01.1985 The Cocktail Party
31.01.1985 Cedric
01.02.1985 Mr. Brisk
04.02.1985 The Jungle
05.02.1985 The Tigers
06.02.1985 The Hunters
07.02.1985 The Funfair
08.02.1985 The Hemulen Aunt
11.02.1985 The Orphan
12.02.1985 The Vampire
13.02.1985 The Vampire Escapes
14.02.1985 The Friendly Vampire
15.02.1985 The Nice Bat
18.02.1985 Mamma's Island
19.02.1985 Mamma's Painting
20.02.1985 The Terrible Island Storm
21.02.1985 The Disappearing Moomins
22.02.1985 The Little Martian
25.02.1985 The Martian Goes Home
26.02.1985 The Discoveries
27.02.1985 The Muskrat's Prediction
28.02.1985 The Journey
01.03.1985 The Underground Waterfall
04.03.1985 The Giant Eagle
05.03.1985 The Observatory
06.03.1985 The Rockfall
07.03.1985 Moomintroll to the Rescue
08.03.1985 The Village Shop
11.03.1985 The Dance
12.03.1985 The Dead Sea
13.03.1985 Locust Attack
14.03.1985 The Tornado
15.03.1985 The Comet

The order above is the correct broadcast order, for when the episodes were first shown on UK television in 1983 (taken from the original script list). The episode order in the recent DVD boxset was changed, so that the English episodes were intended to match the German broadcast order (but they were in fact different). In the UK, the series ended with the Comet in Moominland story. Series 1 was shown in 1983 and series 2 in 1985. Series 2 was repeated in 1986. The series was also repeated in its entirety in 1988. (Confirmed by the sleeve notes from Finders Keepers Moomin soundtrack release 2016).

Impact and critical reaction[edit]

In 2008 the series was listed at number 25 in a list of top 50 children's TV by The Times.[4][failed verification] Excerpts from the series have been shown at film festivals in the UK[5] and Japan.

DVD release[edit]

A Region 2 DVD boxset was released in 2004,[6] in both English and German editions (both versions manufactured in Austria).

Single DVD releases are also available, which contain English and German episodes. The German episodes have English subtitles and the English episodes have German subtitles.



  • Simon Sheridan The A to Z of Classic Children's Television (Reynolds & Hearn books, 2004, reprinted 2007) ISBN 1-903111-27-7. Contains a long chapter on the making of the TV series, a rare photo of Tove Jansson and an interview with UK series producer Anne Wood.


  1. ^ Thomas, Liz. "New kid on the box - ITV's new children's channel CiTV | Features". The Stage. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Children's TV: CITV - Winning custody of the children. | News | Broadcast". 3 February 2003. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  3. ^ Phil De Semlyen; Ali Plumb; Helen O'hara; James Dyer (9 October 2015). "Classic Kids' TV Shows That Still Rock Our World, Feature | Movies - Empire". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  4. ^ "The top 50 children's TV shows". The Times. Archived from the original on 30 August 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2012.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  5. ^ "Tales from Moominvalley Northern Lights Film Festival". Northern Lights Film Festival. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  6. ^ "The Moomins [DVD box set]: Richard Murdoch, The Moomins: Film & TV". Retrieved 29 October 2012.

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