Moomins and the Winter Wonderland
Sweden's beloved Rankin/Bass-style stop motion Christmas special features the adorable fuzzy hippopotamus-like creatures the Moomins, who wake one morning to discover that winter has come to their peaceful valley. This new English-language version features the voices of Alicia Vikander and Bill and Stellan Skarsgård.
Originating in a children's book series by Finnish author Tove Jansson, the anthropomorphic family called the Moomins, denizens of the picturesque Moomin Valley, are arguably Finland's most cherished cultural exports. Their tales have touched families the world over across countless media. In this latest stop motion film, as winter falls upon the valley and the Moomins prepare to hibernate, young Moomintroll can only wonder what the season actually brings when they're asleep. His curiosity is piqued further when he learns a mysterious guest named Christmas is on his way, soon to be knocking on their door. And so Moomintroll clambers out his window into a strange, unpredictable, sometimes harsh, but hauntingly beautiful new world. Moomintroll soaks in the sights and creatures while preparing the valley for Christmas' arrival, soon joined in this endeavor with his parents Moominpappa and Moominmamma, and by friends such as the rambunctious Little My and the insightful Too Ticky. As they work together to please their incoming visitor, they gradually unravel what it all means as they learn valuable lessons about community, friendship, and kindness, and discover the warmth of their presence is truly Christmas' greatest gift. With its wholesome spirit, and its cut-out animation style evoking childlike wonder, Moomins and the Winter Wonderland is sure to bring out the inner child in even the most cynical hearts.
Ira Carpelan served as director, producer, writer, production designer and artistic consultant on her first ever animated feature Moomins and the Winter Wonderland . She runs a film company in collaboration with her husband, Tom Carpelan, which has previously produced three other Moomin animations. Jakub Wronski studied Animation and Special Effects at the Polish Film School in Lodz and has become an expert at his craft through training in drawing, storyboards and set designing. Along with his debut animated feature Moomins and the Winter Wonderland in collaboration with Ira Carpelan, Wronski has produced art for other short films, commercials and music videos.
Sponsored by Cupcake Royale
- Original Language Title: Muumien taikatalvi
- Director: Ira Carpelan, Jakub Wronski, Bartosz Wierzbieta
- Principal Cast: Bill Skarsgard, Alicia Vikander, Stellan Skarsgard
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: Finland, USA
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 83 minutes
- Producer: Tom Carpelan, Ira Carpelan
- Screenplay: Ira Carpelan, Tove Jansson, Piotr Szczepanowicz, Malgorzata Wieckowicz-Zyla
- Editors: Przemyslaw Chruscielewski, Piotr Szczepanowicz
- Music: Lukasz Targosz
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: Official Oscar® Submission 2018 (Animated Feature)
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Global Genesis Group
- International Sales: Global Genesis Group