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Moomins and the Comet Chase (2010)

Muumi ja punainen pyrstötähti (original title)
One day Moomintroll notices that something strange has happened in the Moomin Valley - everything is grey; not just the sky and the river, but the trees, the ground, the Moominhouse, too! ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Narrator (voice)
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Moomintroll (voice)
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Moominpapa / Hemulens (voice)
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Sniff (voice)
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Snufkin (voice)
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Snorkmaiden (voice)
Terrence Scammell ...
Muskrat (voice)
Kathleen Fee ...
Moominmamma / Shop Lady (voice)
Arthur Holden ...
Snork (voice)
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Miffle (voice)
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Pikku Myy (voice)
Vuokko Hovatta ...
Puotieukko / Talonpeikko (voice)
Jarmo Koski ...
Hemuli (voice)
Ilpo Mikkonen ...
Nipsu (voice)
Taneli Mäkelä ...
Nuuskamuikkunen (voice)
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One day Moomintroll notices that something strange has happened in the Moomin Valley - everything is grey; not just the sky and the river, but the trees, the ground, the Moominhouse, too! Moomintroll runs to ask the well-read Muskrat if he knows what is happening. Muskrat declares that this is the way things tend to look like before the earth faces an awful fate coming from the sky... With the help of his father, Moominpappa, Moomintroll and his worried friends build the best raft ever and start on a challenging journey to the observatory. The wise professors there must know what the threat from space is all about! The trek is not easy. The brave entourage, Moomintroll, Sniff and Snufkin face many obstacles, yet also meet new and old friends. But they make it to the observatory: the professor calculates that a ferocious comet will reach the Earth in four days, four hours, four minutes and 44 seconds. Maybe 4 seconds later. It's time to go back home as fast as they can - surviving an ... Written by Filmkompaniet

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Trivia

The film was edited, compiled and reframed from the material originally filmed for the Polish stop motion animated series The Moomins (1979) in 1977-1982. The series was mostly filmed in layers, with Moomin puppets separated from the other animated objects painted on glass plates in the foreground and background. The producer Tom Carpelan says that the original material suited well for stereoscopic 3D conversion since it's almost like the series was intended to be that way. "Moomins and the Comet Chase" was one of the first feature films produced in 3D in Scandinavia (and the first in Finland). The other was Danish film Olsen Gang Gets Polished (2010) (Olsen Gang Gets Polished), released in the same year. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits of the Finnish language version, Tove Jansson's original novel is misspelled as "Komeetta ja pyrstötähti". "Komeetta" and "pyrstötähti" are synonyms, both meaning "comet" in Finnish - so the nonsensically misspelled title would translate as "The Comet and the Comet". The novel's correct Finnish title is "Muumipeikko ja pyrstötähti" (Moomintroll and the Comet). See more »

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Version of Comet in Moominland (1992) See more »

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The Comet Song
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Dark story about the Moomins trying to see if a comet will destroy the world
15 February 2011 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

(contains spoilers) The film is an animated film done in a mixed media style, There are paper cut out characters, some made of cloth and other things.

The story has Mr Muskrat telling the young Moomin that a comet is going to hit the earth and kill everyone. His father and mother send him on a river trip to an observatory to talk to the astronomers who hopefully will tell him everything will be okay. Well after many adventures they get to the observatory they find out the comet is coming so they head home so they can be here when it hits. On the way back they see some of the devastation the comet is causing, the sea has dried up, and the locusts are swarming. Will they make it home in time? The film is probably darker than it sounds.

It also just sort of stops. The danger is done, roll end credits.

I liked the voice cast which includes Max Von Sydow as the narrator(who wouldn't want him to read you a story), Stellan Skarsgard and Mads Mikkelsen. They manage to make it all okay even when you think about it it's really not.

I'm told this is based on one of the earlier Moomins stories so it's not as moody as some of the later ones. If this isn't moody I don't know what is.

Realesaed in 3D I'm not really sure why. Yes it's nice to see the layers of the animated material, but at the same time the film doesn't scream out 3D.


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