The beloved classic stories of the Moominvalley are making a comeback for Finnish home viewing in a re-digitised and re-recorded version, to face today’s HD standards. The first 26 remastered episodes of the series first aired in 1991, will be released in February.
Moomin takes place the peaceful Moominvalley, where young Moomin live together with his parents Moominpappa and Moominmamma in a blue Moominhouse. The series follows many adventures of the Moomin family and their friends around the Moominvalley.
The remastering of the Finnish language version of the Finnish-Japanese- Dutch hit series, based on Tove and Lars Jansson’s books and comics and produced by Dennis Livson, has been made with due respect for the style of the original series.
The Moomins is the most well-known, most watched and biggest animation series ever made based on Finnish literature. The 104-part series was drawn in 1990-92 by a Japanese production team totalling 600 people, and has been dubbed in numerous languages and broadcast in at least 124 countries.
The remastering of the Finnish language version began at the end of autumn and the renewed episodes will be finalised in February. The picture quality of the hand-drawn series has been brought to HD standards and the stories’ new Finnish language translation and high-quality recording has been updated to reflect the modern Finnish dialect.
”The contrast to the old version is staggering. The contours in the old images viewed on today’s high definition TVs are a mess of pixels, but now all the noise and blurriness has been fixed image by image. The Moomins’ gentle and insightful Finnish has also been updated to better suit today’s language, while respecting the original classic. You still won’t hear any slang from the Moomins, but the new voice actors naturally bring new personality to the characters,” says Tim Livson, responsible for producing the remastered version of the series originally produced by his father.
The Creative Director of Moomin Characters, Tove Jansson’s niece, Sophia Jansson is clad with the re-digitised and re-recorded version: “After being renewed to face today’s HD standards it’s great that the series can now be shown on TV again.”
For us who loved watching the Moomins on TV in the 90s can now see the renewed Moomin series together with our won children. I can’t wait! Hopefully there will be english subtitles…