Moomin and the Comet Chase is a stop-motion animated film based on the popular Finnish Moomin franchise. When a comet is sighted in Moomin valley the denizens of the land must unite to spend their last days alive together, having their last adventures and fun as the world crumbles around them. The film itself is compiled from footage of the 1977 British stop-motion TV adaptation of the franchise, restored visually and dubbed over with new voice actors. The result is a visually gorgeous and atmospheric animated film, though it is brought down by poor sound design.
The original TV series from which this film is compiled used very few voice actors and most of the action on-screen was narrated. In this version the clashing voice actors feel intrusive and at times cluttered, with characters often talking over and drowning out each other, made worse by how there are no mouth-flaps on the characters to match the dialogue. On top of that, the voices themselves feel uninspired and don't really suit their characters.
It is a shame, because visually the film looks incredible and the story deals with surprisingly mature themes. The story is told in a way children can grasp and understand, but it never feels patronizing or condescending. This is how I feel stories for young children should be told; dealing with themes difficult to explain to kids, but driven by emotions and feelings they can easily comprehend.
Despite the film's flaws I still recommend this movie to any fan of stop-motion animation and I also advise exposing your kids to it, because even though the footage is well over twenty years old it is still visually unique and carries a great story. There are plans in the works to give other episodes of the TV series the same treatment, and I wish for the English voices to be executed better and for Moomin characters absent from this feature (such as the Groke and Little My) to make their appearances.