Banijay Kids & Family confirmed Zodiak Kids & Family Distribution's plans to represent all four seasons of the animated family drama series, "Moominvalley." "I am delighted to be working with the great team at Zodiak Kids & Family Distribution to expand our international reach of the award-winning Moominvalley series," Katherine Senior, Head of International Sales, Gutsy Animations said. "I am certain we will be bringing our animated family drama to many more homes around the world.”
Inspired by the Moomin stories by Tove Jansson, "Moominvalley" is produced by Finnish production company Gutsy Animations in collaboration with YLE and Sky, as well as Viaplay for the fourth season. The 3D animation is made at Anima Vitae – a Finnish animation studio located in Helsinki and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The score music is composed by the acclaimed percussionist Samuli Kosminen, multi-instrumentalist Jarmo Saari and violinist Pekka Kuusisto.
The award-winning Finnish content creator Marika Makaroff is creative director of Moominvalley. The series director of the first two seasons is
Steve Box. Season 3 is directed by the episode directors from previous seasons; Nigel Davies, Sara Barbas, Darren Robbie and Jay Grace. Season 4 series director is Nigel Davis. Season 1 is produced by the BAFTA-winning producer John Woolley, Season 2 by Louise Holmes and Seasons 3 and 4 by Stephen Dorrance. The Head writers for the first three seasons are the Emmy®-winning writing duo Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler. Season 4 head writer is Diana Whitley.
The Emmy-nominated series brings the Moomins into 3D with a visual style combining high quality CGI and painterly effects. It is a coming- of-age story of family and friendship, which explores humanity, relationships and emotions, as the Moomins work together to restore harmony to their titular home. The series also features a high-profile voice cast, including Rosamund Pike, Bel Powley, Warwick Davis, Matt Berry, Akiya Henry, Jennifer Saunders, Will Self, and Julian Barratt.
“Moominvalley is a beautifully crafted animation, with timely themes of the environment, sustainability, and respect for nature, all of which will strongly appeal to our buyers globally," Delphine Dumont, Chief Commercial Officer, Banijay Kids & Family said. "This is such an iconic brand that resonates with audiences of all ages and across borders, and it is a wonderful, complimentary addition to our diverse and exciting portfolio of titles.”
I am delighted to be working with the great team at Zodiak Kids & Family Distribution to expand our international reach of the award-winning 'Moominvalley' series. I am certain we will be bringing our animated family drama to many more homes around the world.” Katherine Senior Head of International Sales, Gutsy Animations