Finland’s Gutsy Animations and their UK partners hope to raise $200,000 via an Indiegogo campaign to contribute to the development of the TV series.
The new adaptation of Tove Jansson’s beloved Moomin characters will be created from a cutting edge 2D/3D hybrid technique where characters are rendered in 3D in an environment with some 2D illustrative or painterly elements.
Top animator Steve Box (Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit) will direct and Marika Makaroff will be creative director/exec producer. The highly skilled team also includes producer and BAFTA winner John Woolley (Shaun the Sheep), Emmy-winning writers Nick Ostler and Mark Huckerby (Peter Rabbitt) who are co-head writers together with Steve Box.
The €21 million project consisting of two TV series of 13x22’ has received the full support of the Moomin Characters company set up by Tove Jansson’s family.
Marika Makaroff said: “Previous Moomin animations have been intended for young children but our aim is to create a series that is true to the spirit of Tove's tales and appeal to the whole family. We won't shy away from the complexity and depth found in those original stories and the hybrid style of animation will be designed to achieve that. Using state-of-the-art CGI technology combined with more traditional hand-drawn techniques, we'll follow Moomintroll's emotional journey through the mysteries and wonders of Moominvalley.”
Steve Box said: “Tove Jansson’s world of the Moomins is a rare and precious body of work which, like all great art, operates on many levels. My duty is to bring her vision to the screen and create a series of films that are beautiful, atmospheric, funny, thought provoking and poignant but, above all else, remind us of our own humble position in the world and our duty to be tolerant and understanding toward our fellow creatures, be they Moomins, Mymbles or Grokes.”
The crowdfunding campaign will give Moomin world fans the opportunity to get their hands on unique merchandise specifically designed for the new Moomin series.
The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign will run until March 31st, 2017.
For more information check: www.igg.me/at/moomin