Moomin | July 28, 2004

Moomin toy on a blue background

Moomin on a white background

Posted at July 28, 2004 9:11 AM

Comments

Adrian Lee said on July 28, 2004 9:27 AM

Hehe.. damn that thing is cute. *pinch

Jim Amos said on July 28, 2004 9:32 AM

lol where did you find it? My sister was crazy about those weird ass Moomin’s. Remember the strange noise they made? More evidence (as if we needed any) that British programme makers are on crack. You work with the coolest models! :)

Andy Budd said on July 28, 2004 9:51 AM

Hey Jim,

We’ve got a shop in Brighton called The Nasty Nip, run by a Japanese guy who imports kubrick figures and other cools stuff. I got this for my girlfriend as a Christmas stocking filler.

Oh, and the moomins were Finnish, not British. Explains a lot, doesn’t it :-)

Jim Amos said on July 28, 2004 10:47 AM

Finnish huh? I suppose that makes sense. But how do you explain teletubbies?

Robert Lofthouse said on July 28, 2004 10:58 AM

Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na Na Na.

Sorry, just remebering the Moomin theme song. We need something like MusicML, dammit.

Great pictures, though the moomins always freaked me out a little bit, especially little Mi.

lolly said on July 28, 2004 11:07 AM

Ah, the moomins. They rawked :-)

Minz Meyer said on July 28, 2004 12:00 PM

Hehehe,

anybody remembering Stinky? What a great character :))

paul haine said on July 28, 2004 12:17 PM

Moomins freaked me out as a child, and gave me nightmares :(

Tom Hume said on July 28, 2004 3:02 PM

Any chance of a large copy for use as desktop wallpaper? It’s a lovely photo…

Alex Giron said on July 28, 2004 3:30 PM

lovely fotos! :)

Moofin said on July 28, 2004 4:35 PM

Read the original books and the comic strips from the 60/70’s too. They are the best. The animation series was awful. Japanese animators and their obsession on BIG eyes on characters… Pfft.

http://www.tampere.fi/muumi/
http://www.muumimaailma.fi/
http://www.moomin.fi/englanti/index_e.htm

Moofin said on July 28, 2004 4:37 PM

Great photos, by the way.

Michael said on July 28, 2004 9:56 PM

Most depressing kid’s show EVER. But hey, it was from Finland, so what’d you expect? :)

jules said on July 29, 2004 6:45 AM

Love the pictures — so simple, and yet so totally awesome. The lighting on the second one makes me grin, and I love how you’ve got it at an angle where his eyes seem to follow you around.

Janne Kalliola said on July 29, 2004 8:36 AM

You probably don’t know that in Finland you were able to get Moomin piggy banks from Aktia bank — the bank I’m using… I don’t know whether they still have those.

Jarno said on July 29, 2004 8:52 AM

Janne>>
I have or at least had one of those creepy ass piggy banks. My parents are finnish (and the rest of my bloodline too) so when I was a kid and my grand parents lived in Finland (I’m born and raised in Sweden) they opened up an savings account for me in Finland and gave me one of those Moomin piggy banks. :-)

Moomin scared the hell out of me as a kid, but it wasn’t near as scary as this Swedish TV-show with a crazy old beared guy with these really scary eyes. He ruined my childhood. ;-)

Andy I love that second photo, I’d love it for a 1600×1200 wallpaper.

lolly said on July 29, 2004 9:24 AM

Moomins freaked me out as a child, and gave me nightmares :(

My housemate had similar problems with “Monkey” and “Worzel Gummidge” :-)

paul haine said on July 29, 2004 10:52 AM

Yes, Worzel Gummidge was terrifying as well. He could take his own head off! Evil!

Andy Budd said on July 29, 2004 12:48 PM

Who’d have known kids TV could would have disturbed so many of you :-)

I have to admit that I did find the Moomins a little freaky. Never really liked them, but my girlfriend did, hence the toy.

Never thought about Worzel Gummidge, but he’s exactly the type of person you wouldn’t want your children to be associating with.

I never understood Monkey, but that didn’t stop me from realising that it was incredibly cool.

These days the only childrend TV that disturbs me is the telly tubbies and that’s mostly down to the baby in the sun. It’s just wrong, that’s all.

DUnstan said on July 29, 2004 4:39 PM

I… I mean, I… well, it’s the Moomins!

I was trying to explain them to The gIrlfriend just the other day. I think I’ll have to get her one when I come down to Brighton :o)

david gee said on July 29, 2004 5:57 PM

Awesome! I have a “walking” Moomin that I bought in St. Petersburg about five years ago… you tap it in the shoulder and it walks across a surface. I also recently discovered that Kubrick has started making Moomin miniatures, my girlfriend has one of them.

Jane said on July 30, 2004 8:38 AM

Nice Moomins Andy!

Good to see you last night at the meetup.

The Nasty Nip shop looks fantastic - they even have Barbapapa stuff!

Jim Amos said on July 30, 2004 9:56 AM

I certainly wouldn’t leave my kids with a man who has multiple heads lol

As for weirdness, I always thought ‘Bagpuss’, ‘Wilo the wisp’ and ‘Rentaghost’ were highly addictive yet quite disturbing as a child. Why O why did our parents let us watch this nonsense?

olivia said on July 30, 2004 1:21 PM

Hi Andy, (waves back)

Your blog is BEAUTIFUL! And I LOVE your photography. Your site has just been added to my favourites.

Hope to get to chat to you at the next meetup.

donna said on September 17, 2005 5:43 PM

does anyone remember a kids prog in the 80’s about a dolls house and its inhabitants that came to life in the night? i think it was edwardian styled, and it was sort of creepy. no-one seems to know of it!

Andy Budd said on September 17, 2005 7:23 PM

That would be bagpuss

matt said on October 3, 2005 11:21 AM

The moomins is great:p I used to watch it when i was a kid!

Amanda said on October 16, 2005 8:01 PM

Oh andy you just made my day!!! been looking for a pic of moomins for ages!!!

Fantastic photos!!!

Thanks xx

donna said on October 18, 2005 7:07 PM

no, not bagpuss, it was little people, actual dolls in a dolls house. gives me the creeps thinking about it now!

sally said on May 17, 2006 8:31 PM

Thank god, someone else remembers this programme! Thought I’d imagined it! I used to watch it after school with my Grandma (has since died, and was my only witness). The litle dolls name was poppy or pippy or pappy or something… It was haunting!! Have you found anything else about it yet? Sally.