“Oh, what happiness”, it’s the year of the Moomin – who are being celebrated all over the land this year, so here are some of the amazing things you can do in 2017 to indulge your love of these adorable Finnish trolls.
So why not get involved because as Moominmama says “All nice things are good for you”:
Moomins Adventures at Kew – 1st – 17th April 2017
Experience the wonderful world of the Moomins this Easter at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. With the arrival of spring, the Moomins will be coming out of hibernation and visiting the Gardens for all sorts of mischief and fun. An exciting interactive trail will explore the hidden depths of the Gardens, culminating at the magical ‘Moomin Camp’ in the wild woodland of the Conservation Area. You might even snatch a glimpse of the Moomintrolls through the trees!
Adventures In Moominland at the Southbank Centre – 23rd February 2017 – 23rd April 2017
Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland as the Southbank Centre explores the internationally renowned Moomin stories through the life of its author, Tove Jansson. Go on an enthralling journey through their wondrous Moominland where you can amber through forests, huddle in caves or set sail on the high seas to try and find the Moomin family.
The World of Moominvalley – will be published on 19th October 2017
This must-have guide to the Moomins will offer a unique and unprecedented perspective on the magical world of Tove Jansson and the Moomins. Filled with original illustrations and rarely seen material from the celebrated Moomin archive in Finland. Offering a detailed look at each and every character, with features on How to Spot a Moomin, A Guide to Moomin Whistles, A Fillyjonk’s Top Ten Fears and The (extended) Moomin Family Tree, together with maps, facts and colour illustrations.
More than Just Moomins: Tove Jansson at Dulwich Gallery – 25 October 2017 – 28 January 2018
The first major UK exhibition of work by one of the most celebrated illustrators of the 20th century. The exhibition will bring together 150 works, including a large body of self-portraits, landscapes and still-lifes never seen before in the UK and a series of Moomin drawings only this year discovered at the British Cartoon Archive. It’s an amazing chance to see Jansson’s wider outputs of graphic illustration and painting which are relatively unseen outside her home country of Finland.
The Moomin Shop in Covent Garden – Monday -Saturday: 10am – 8pm, Sunday: 10am – 7pm
Completely designed to look like Moomin Valley; walk through a recreation of Moomin Forest and Moomin Cave to discover the cartoon family’s new home in Covent Garden. A heart-warming experience for kids, this hidden gem is entirely devoted to Tove Jansson’s loveable hippo-like trolls.
Watch Moomins on the Riviera while it’s available on Netflix
Based on the Moomin Tove Jansson’s original comic strip: Moomin on the Riviera, it is the first animated feature based on the comic strips. In the film, the Moomins along with Snorkmaiden and Little My sail for the Riviera, where their unity is threatened. Snorkmaiden is dazzled by the attentions of the playboy Clark Tresco and Moominpappa befriends an aristocrat called Marquis Mongaga. Released in 2014, Matt Micucci of CineCola praised the film’s screenplay and soundtrack, while calling “a smart and surprisingly quick-witted film as well as the perfect tribute to a celebrated and much loved comic strip that has the potential of winning it an even greater and more international audience”.
Watch it here (information correct at time of publish)
Moomin Quest Mobile App Game – PEGI 3
Can you find the mysterious Lady of the Cold and discover why winter has not yet arrived? All of your favourite Moomin characters from Tove Jansson’s classic books are here. Guide brave Moomintroll, carefree Snufkin, mischievous Little My, and cautious Sniff safely through a mystical landscape with many hidden dangers. Plus you’ll encounter friends and family, such as Moominmamma, Moominpappa, and Snorkmaiden, but be wary of frightening foes like Stinky and the scary Groke!
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, Moomin Quest is available now on the App Store for free, with in-app purchases for in-game currency and ad removal.