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  • Writer's pictureRavi Swami

Moominvalley - Gutsy Animation

I was invited to work on the new animated adaptation of Tove Jansson's Moomin stories last year (2018) - the role initially involved a second pass storyboard for one of the episodes in series #1 of the new 2D / 3D CGI animated series, for Gutsy Animations.

I've been a Moomin fan since I was quite young (something shared in common with many of the crew) and it featured in some of my earliest reading - later an early interest in animation resulted in some attempts at animating some of the stories, so the opportunity to work on an animated adaptation of these iconic characters was both exciting and daunting.

At this early stage of my involvement, the concern was to define the narrative style and tone to keep it faithful to Jansson's - a difficult task since people tend to have differing viewpoints on how the characters should behave when translated to moving image from illustrations - this had to be defined to be consistent across several episodes / stories at the outset, with a concern being that it should accurately reflect Jansson's original stories & their particular tone.

Ultimately my involvement was brief and confined to one particular episode, but it was great to be a part of something that has approached something of an obsession over the years, to the extent that I've been collecting Moomin mugs and other merchandise since 2004 :)

The series (now into series #2) is looking fantastic so far and should satisfy fans who love Jansson's very particular storytelling style and melancholic, thoughtful tone, something that has been missing in previous animated versions.

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