The merry, mouthless Moomins take a jaunt to the Cote d’Azur and find it a place of celebrity, glamour and obsequious servility to the filthy rich. Their naive eccentricity is taken as a sign of wealth in this status-conscious milieu, which creates something of a rift: Moominmamma prefers to camp on the beach and plant flowers; Snorkmaiden is in thrall to the haute couture and movie stars.
The folksy Nordic aesthetic of Tove Jansson’s lovable characters is bang on trend with our craft-adoring times, though there’s no mistaking this for a 21st-century movie. It’s more mid-century repro: cleanly hand-drawn, beautifully coloured and resolutely two-dimensional. The tone is gently mischievous rather than exhaustingly wacky.
The film was nominated as Best Animation at the 2014 Shanghai Film Festival.
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Venue: William Loveless Hall