Trivia / The Moomins

  • Bad Export for You:
    • Strangely enough. The Game Boy Color game Moomin no daibouken was released first in Japan. When it was eventually released in its home region of Europenote  as Moomin's Tale, half of the content as well as many cutscenes were absent...
  • Executive Meddling: This is the reason as to why the first series has two animation studios TMS and Mushi).
  • Fake American: Every character is voiced by British voice actors in the English dub.
  • God Created Canon Foreigner: The Shadows were created by Tove Jansson herself, but never showed up in any of the books or anywhere but the comic strip — until the 2014 movie Moomins on the Riviera which adapts one of the early comic strip storylines.
  • No Export for You: Unfortunately, the US (aside from a broadcast in Hawaii) only got a brief print-on-demand DVD release of the 90's anime, and did not get the game at all. Even worse, while the series has 52 episodes released on DVD in Europe, the United States has yet to receive the same treatment, with fans from the States having to use different needs to watch the series.
    • Also, only 78 of 104 90's episodes got aired in the UK and only 52 in Germany.
    • Not every episode was translated to Finnish either. The reason is believed to be that they were too intense for the target audience, but since they got away with much worse scenes, it's unlikely.
    • Some books, for example Moominpappa at Sea, were never published in Italy.
  • Playing Against Type: Moominmamma and Ursula share the same voice actress in Finland.
  • Reality Subtext: The last newspaper comic arc to be written and drawn by Tove Jansson alone, "The Golden Tail", has Moomintroll becoming a celebrity after his tail tuft turns to pure gold. It's pretty obvious that the problems he encounters with press and public attention and commercialisation are inspired by Jansson's own discomfort with the fame that the Moomins brought her.
  • What Could Have Been: Apparently, Walt Disney wanted to buy the rights to the brand.
  • Write Who You Know: Jansson has herself said that Moominmamma was modelled after her own mother and Too-Ticky after her life partner Tuulikki Pietilä. Also, although never confirmed by Jansson, it seems pretty clear that Tofslan and Vifslan (Thingumy and Bob in the English translation) refer to Tove and her first girlfriend Vivica Bandler, that Moominpappa was based on her own father, and that Jansson's boyfriend in the 1940s, Atos Wirtanen, and his old green hat were probably the inspiration behind Snufkin.


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