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Experience the magic of the Moomins with a new Sky Original Production, putting a modern twist

Experience the magic of the Moomins with a new Sky Original Production, putting a modern twist on Moominvalley in 2018


Moomintroll, Snufkin, Little My and all the family are back in a brand-new Sky Original

Production made by Gutsy Animations with the support of Moomin Characters.

Moominvalley, airing on Sky late next year, will bring the characters from award-winning

author Tove Jansson’s adored classic books to life.


Bel Powley (Benidorm), Edvin Endre (Vikings) and comedian Joe Wilkinson (8 out of 10 Cats

Does Countdown) are set to join Rosamund Pike, Kate Winslet, Taron Egerton and Warwick

Davis to voice the much-loved residents of Moominvalley.


Starring Moomintroll and his family and friends the series will be centred around the

Moominhouse and valley, an idyllic place entirely untouched by the modern world, and will

be based on Jansson’s well-known novels and comic strips. Airing exclusively on Sky and

streaming service NOW TV in the UK and Ireland, the series will be full of life, laughter and

adventure, with visual humour, witty dialogue and plenty of energy and drama.


Adam MacDonald, director of Sky One, Sky, said: “Rosamund Pike, Kate Winslet and

Taron Egerton coming together in one Sky One show – how amazing is that? The Moomin

stories are absolute classics so I can’t wait for them to hit our screens next year.”

Lucy Murphy, head of kids content, Sky, said: “With their beguiling adventures, magical

setting and a cast of fantastical creatures, Tove Jansson’s beautiful books have been a well-

deserved family favourite for decades and we can’t wait to bring the joyous Moomin world to

Sky families in this fabulous new series.”


Marika Makaroff, creative director and executive producer, Gutsy Animations, said:

“Moominvalley is very much a Finnish-British collaboration, with a top-quality UK team that

includes the Oscar®-winning director Steve Box and Emmy®-winning writing duo Mark

Huckerby and Nick Ostler – alongside all of this incredible acting talent. So we’re delighted

to announce that we’re working with Sky to broadcast the series to Moomin fans in the UK,

of which we know there are very many. It’s an honour to be making this new adaptation of

Tove’s beautiful and deeply meaningful stories a reality.”


Moominvalley will be directed by Academy Award® winner Steve Box (Wallace & Gromit:

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit) and produced by Gutsy Animations exclusively for Sky One

and Sky Kids in the UK and Ireland. Other names joining the cast include Matt Berry (The IT

Crowd), Akiya Henry (Bing), Will Self (The Minor Character) and Richard Ayoade (The IT

Crowd).


Moominvalley has the full support of Moomin Characters, the business set up by Moomin

creator Tove Jansson and her brother Lars in the 1950s, and Bulls Licensing, their global

licensing agent. It is being developed in association with the Drama department of Yle, the

Finnish public broadcaster.


Moominvalley will air on Sky One, TV streaming service NOW TV, the Sky Kids app and on

demand on Sky in late 2018.


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For more information, please contact:

Sky

Nicola Vincent

Nicola.Vincent@sky.co.uk


Gutsy Animations

Caitlin Allen

caitlin@riotcommunications.com


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Image credit must be used alongside image: © Moomin Characters ™ / Gutsy Animations


About Sky Kids

Kids’ shows on Sky are available via the dedicated Sky Kids app and on demand via the

kids’ section on Sky Q and Sky+, as well as through Sky Go, and online streaming service

NOW TV.


Kids’ shows are available for millions of Sky families with Sky Variety and Box Sets bundles

at no extra cost. They’re also available on NOW TV with the NOW TV Kids Pass, available

for £2.99 a month, no contract.


The Sky Kids app can be downloaded from Google Play and Apple’s App Store on

compatible tablets. The app will work on 3G/4G and Wi-Fi. Download is available to

customers with Sky Go Extra, Sky Multiscreen or a Sky Q Multiscreen Subscription, and

available over Wi-Fi only.


There is a dedicated Sky Kids tile on demand where Aliens Love Underpants And..., Morph,

Big Cats: Wild Files and other new commissions from Sky are available.


About Sky 

Sky is Europe's leading entertainment company, serving 22.5 million customers across

seven countries - UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. The company

has annual revenues of £12.9 billion and is Europe’s leading investor in television content

with annual programming spend of over £6 billion.


From exclusive partnerships with HBO and Showtime, to Sky Original Productions, Sky

offers the best and broadest range of content along with the best viewing experience to suit

each and every customer. Whether that’s through the multi-award winning next generation

box, Sky Q, or Sky’s contract-free online streaming service, NOW TV, customers have

access to the latest movies, drama, sports and kids entertainment wherever and whenever

they like. This is all supported by Sky’s best in class customer service.


Sky’s success is not just based on what the company does but how it does it. Named as one

of the Top 10 Green Companies in the World by Newsweek, one of the world’s most

recognised rankings of business’s environmental performance, Sky ensures its responsible

business strategy is embedded right across the group.


Sky has over 31,000 employees and is listed as one of The Times Top 50 employers for

women. Sky is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SKY). 


About Gutsy Animations

Gutsy is a team of creators and producers who believe that the world is in need of funny,

clever, gutsy and – above all – meaningful content. All of its productions are aimed at

international audiences and based on a concept of genuine social impact.


Cast announced to date

Moominmamma – Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, A United Kingdom, An Education)

Moominpappa – Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, Toast of London, The Philanthropist)

Moomintroll – Taron Egerton (Kingsman, Eddie the Eagle, Testament of Youth)

Little My – Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl, A Royal Night Out, Carrie Pilby)

Snufkin – Edvin Endre (Eddie the Eagle, Vikings, Nameja gredzens)

Snorkmaiden – Akiya Henry (Bing, Bottersnikes and Gumble, Noddy in Toyland)

Sniff – Warwick Davis (Harry Potter, Star Wars, Life’s Too Short)

Mrs Fillyjonk – Kate Winslet (Titanic, Revolutionary Road, The Reader)

The Hemulen – Joe Wilkinson (Rovers, Miranda, Him and Her)

The Muskrat – Will Self (Shooting Stars, author of Phone and Sky Arts drama The

Minor Character)

The Ghost – Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd, presenter of Travel Man and Crystal

Maze)


About Moomin Characters

Oy Moomin Characters Ltd is the owner, originator and official company responsible for

supervising and managing the Moomins' brand, copyright and registrations. The company was started in 1958 by Tove Jansson and her brother Lars Jansson and even today is run by

family members. Sophia Jansson, Lars's daughter and Tove's niece, is Chairman of the

Board and Creative Director at Moomin Characters. All characters from Moominvalley are

registered trademarks.


Moomin in the UK

A series of major Moomin-themed events and exhibitions have taken place in the UK in

2017, including Southbank Centre’s immersive Adventures in Moominland and Kew

Gardens’ Easter Festival. In autumn 2017, Dulwich Picture Gallery will present the first major

UK exhibition of work by Tove Jansson – including not only Moomin drawings but also

Jansson’s surrealist-inspired paintings of the 1930s and abstract works of the ‘60s, her

satirical anti-war cartoons and book jacket designs – and the Moomins will feature

prominently at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.


A diverse range of quality Moomin products are available in the UK, from new Collectors’

Editions of the original Moomin stories (published by Sort of Books) and a guide to the

Moomins, The World of Moominvalley (published by Macmillan Children’s Books), to 100%

cashmere sweaters and other accessories from fashion label Chinti and Parker.


Moomin around the world

In June 2017 the world’s first Moomin Museum opened in Tampere, Finland, presenting 300

of Tove Jansson’s drawings and paintings and 30 Moomin tableaux created by Tove’s

partner, the artist Tuulikki Pietilä. Later in the year, a 12-month Moomin exhibition will begin

touring major cities in South Korea, and in spring 2019 a new Moomin theme park will open

in Tokyo.