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Moomins

BERGMAN-ESQUE SCANDINAVIAN doommongery…for kids! Except done on a shoestring, filmed by a perpetually dirty camera and involving cut-out fuzzy felt rural mouthless hippos (Moominmomma, Moominpoppa, Moomintroll etc.) together with some mice, goblins (nut-headed Little My), ghosts (the looming Hattifattners) and other curios. Not in anyway fast-paced fun. Protagonists were either having medieval autumn feasts or writing their memoirs.

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2 Comments

  1. Paul

    June 9, 2014 at 2:30 am

    The theme tune is probably one of the most poignant and sadly ethereal you’ll ever hear. The episode where winter comes and takes the squirrel away into death is absolutely heart breaking and left me distressed and melancholic for weeks. The Japanese remake is so wrong on every level though.

  2. graysonscolumn

    August 25, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Echo Paul’s comment – the less said about the remake, the better. The fuzzy felt version (Polish made, and with narration by Richard “Stinker” Murdoch of seemingly every between-wars radio comedy you can think of) was beautiful to look at, haunting, mysterious, sad and unlike anything else you’d see during the early few years of the Children’s ITV strand. It left such an impression.

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