Moomins on the Riviera

Date: 16/02/2016 Times: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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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Moomins on the Riviera

Year: 2014

Country: Finland

Cert: U

Duration: 80 mins

Dir: Xavier Picard Hanna Hemila

'A whimsical hand-drawn animation'

Venue: William Loveless Hall