Sky 1 has ordered a new Moomins TV series, bringing Moomintroll, Snufkin, Little My and all the family back to our screens.
Moominvalley will bring the characters from award-winning author Tove Jansson’s adored books to life in a brand new animation. Made by Gutsy Animations, the show promises to put a “modern twist” on Moominvalley.
Starring Moomintroll and his family and friends the series will be centred around the Moominhouse and valley, an idyllic place entirely untouched by the modern world. Sky promises the series will be “full of life, laughter and adventure, with visual humour, witty dialogue and plenty of energy and drama”.
Sky has signed up a star-studded cast to do it, with Rosamund Pike, Kate Winslet, Taron Egerton and Warwick Davis to voice the much-loved residents of Moominvalley. They will be joined by Bel Powley (Benidorm), Edvin Endre (Vikings) and comedian Joe Wilkinson (8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown), as well as Matt Berry (The IT Crowd), Akiya Henry (Bing), Will Self (The Minor Character) and Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd).
Adam MacDonald, director of Sky One, Sky, says: “Rosamund Pike, Kate Winslet and Taron Egerton coming together in one Sky One show – how amazing is that? The Moomin stories are absolute classics so I can’t wait for them to hit our screens next year.”
The names behind the series are just as impressive, with Moominvalley set to be directed by Academy Award winner Steve Box (Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit). It also has the full support of Moomin Characters, the business set up by Jansson and her brother, Lars, in the 1950s, and Bulls Licensing, their global licensing agent. It is being developed in association with the Drama department of Yle, the Finnish public broadcaster.
Marika Makaroff, creative director and executive producer, Gutsy Animations, comments: “Moominvalley is very much a Finnish-British collaboration, with a top-quality UK team that includes the Oscar-winning director Steve Box and Emmy-winning writing duo Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler – alongside all of this incredible acting talent. So we’re delighted to announce that we’re working with Sky to broadcast the series to Moomin fans in the UK, of which we know there are very many. It’s an honour to be making this new adaptation of Tove’s beautiful and deeply meaningful stories a reality.”
Moominvalley will air on Sky One, NOW TV, the Sky Kids app and on demand in late 2018.