Based on stories by Finnish-Swedish author and artist, Tove Janson, the award-winning animated series relays and preserves important parts of Nordic cultural heritage.
HELSINKI -- Gutsy Animations’ animated drama series Moominvalley (13 x 22’) has been sold to SF Studios across the Nordics, NRK in Norway and RÚV in Iceland. The deals were negotiated by PGS Entertainment. The series, based on the “Moomin” stories by Finnish-Swedish author and artist Tove Jansson, is commissioned by Yle in Finland and Sky in the UK, and produced by Gutsy Animations. PGS Entertainment represents the series for worldwide distribution excluding the UK, Finland, Japan, South Korea, and China.
Seasons 1 and 2 of the series will be available in December 2020 on DVD and digital across the Nordics as well as on SF Studios’ SVOD platform SF Kids in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Season 1 will launch in Norway in Autumn 2020 on NRK Super TV and NRK TV. The series will also debut in Iceland on RÚV.
“NRK is very happy to be able to present Tove Jansson's beloved universe to a new generation of children, as well as giving fans of all ages a chance to return to Moominvalley,” commented NRK Super acquisitions executive, Kåre Snipsøyr “These stories represent an important part of our Nordic cultural heritage.”
“’Moomins’ has a great history and following in the Nordics so we are very happy to be able to share new Moomin content with new and existing fans,” added Gutsy Animations creative director and executive producer, Marika Makaroff. “The core values of ‘Moomin’s are currently highly important as we need love, respect for nature and friendship now more than ever.”
Moominvalley has been sold to over 30 countries to date, including UK (Sky), Finland (Yle), Japan (NHK) and Germany (ZDF). The series recently won the Best Children’s Series Award at the British Animation Awards, in addition to taking prizes at both the TBI Content Innovation Awards 2019 and Golden Venla 2019. It has also been translated into three different Sami languages. The first Sami dialect version, Northern Sami, began airing April 13 on Yle TV1. The Northern Sami episodes will also be available on Yle Areena globally.
Source: Gutsy Animation