The Moomins set sail for the Riviera, where, after a journey fraught with storms and desert island dangers, Snorkmaiden is dazzled by the attentions of a playboy and Moomin learns that jealousy's sting is the most painful of all.
One day Moomintroll notices that something strange has happened in the Moomin Valley - everything is grey; not just the sky and the river, but the trees, the ground, the Moominhouse, too! ... See full summary »
Max von Sydow,
A peaceful summer day in the Moomin Valley is interrupted by a volcanic eruption. At the last minute the Moomin family finds refuge in a strange house. It turns out it's not an ordinary ... See full summary »
The Moomins, Snorkmaiden and Little My set sail for the Riviera, where, after a journey fraught with storms and desert island dangers, Snorkmaiden is dazzled by the attentions of a playboy and Moomin learns that jealousy's sting is the most painful of all. When Moominpappa befriends an aristocrat and adopts the name 'de Moomin', an exasperated Moominmamma retires to the relative calm of their trusty old boat. For the very first time, the unity of the Moomins is threatened. Written by
I so wanted to like this film. The books, the fuzzy-felt TV series, even the newer young children's books are all fabulous.
Presumably the original Finnish version is up to scratch. Visually it's great, the music's pretty good. The English version though is appalling. The translation is dry and humourless and voice acting poor. Where is the subtle characterisation of the originals - shouldn't the Snorkmaiden be coquettish and slightly insecure rather than just a cow? I do a better Moominpappa reading the stories to my boy than the voice actor here.
The worst thing is that this vandalism must have been done by a team that just don't "get" the Moomins. They should be treasured, not treated like this.
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