Rosamund Pike, Kate Winslet, Taron Egerton, and more are headed to Moominvalley.
Finnish production company Gutsy Animations is bringing Finnish author Tove Jansson’s whimsical family of fairy-tale hippopotamus creatures back to life with a new animated series set to premiere in 2019. (If you have no idea what a Moomin is, imagine a tiny white Totoro living in a forest in Finland, and you’re off to the right start.)
Since their creation in 1945, the Moomin have become a beloved cultural export of Finland (they even have a theme park!). There have previously been five television adaptations of the stories, the most famous versions being 1977’s stop-motion show The Moomins and 1990 anime Moomin.
And now, the Moomins are once again coming back to television with a show called Moominvalley, and this time the puffy troll monsters (?) will benefit from a voice cast with over half a dozen Oscar nominations between them.
Rosamund Pike will play the Moomin family matriarch, Moominmamma, with Matt Berry (The IT Crowd) as Moominpappa. Kingsman’s Taron Egerton will be the family’s son, Moomintroll, with Kate Winslet as Mrs. Fillyjonk, an uptight rodent-creature. The cast also includes Warwick Davis as Sniff and Richard Ayoade as the Ghost. Novelist Will Self will also be involved, voicing a character called the Muskrat.
“Tove gave the inhabitants of Moominvalley the values of tolerance, love, respect, friendship, and bravery — which are needed in today’s world more than ever,” said Sophia Jansson, Tove’s niece and a chairman of the board that manages the Moomin brand, in a statement. “We’re very excited to have a wonderful cast and team who share these values bringing Moomin to life in a new way for fans young and old.”
And the Moominvalley TV show won’t be the only place to get your dose of A-list celebrities voicing cult-favorite Scandinavian children’s characters: As announced at Cannes, Alicia Vikander will be leading an upcoming full-length animated Moomins film.