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Maria Lindberg, Moomin and Midsummer Madness, 2008

Moomins and Midsummer Madness

9 Aug 201417 Aug 2014

Programmed to coincide with the Fox Reading Room display Tove Jansson: Tales From The Nordic Archipelago, and in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of author Tove Jansson. 

Jansson claimed she drew the first Moomin after arguing with one of her brothers about Immanuel Kant. She sketched 'the ugliest creature imaginable' on the toilet wall and wrote under it 'Kant'. It was this ugly animal, or a plumper and friendlier version of it, that later brought her worldwide fame. 

Her tales about a group of philosophical trolls who face a range of adventures in Moominland have delighted children and adults ever since. Among those who have praised her work are Ali Smith, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Philip Pullman, who has described her as a genius and believes she should have won a Nobel Prize for literature.

Moomin and Midsummer Madness is set during a long, hot summer in the Moomin Valley. All of the creatures are becoming bored with the unchanging season until a volcanic eruption causes a major flood. As the Moomin family searches for refuge, they are rescued by a floating abandoned house. But this is no house, and it's definitely not abandoned. Occupied by the feisty Emma, the Moomin learn that the building is actually a theatre. With plenty of costumes and props to occupy their time, soon the family is engrossed in creating their own play.

Created using digitally re-mastered and re-structured HD material from the original, beloved animated television series.

Child (under 16) ticket available

Moomin and Midsummer Madness, dir. Maria Lindberg, Finland 2008, 88 mins, cert. U

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