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Moomins from the BBC,
This review is from: The Moomin - Series 1 - Complete  [DVD] (DVD)
I got this today, have been waiting for a DVD release for YEARS. It's just as lovely and strange as I remember it! Snork Maiden remains my favourite character, and Sniff or the Hemulen my least. But who could forget the Hattifatners?! They're so weirdly-cute!! I'm a little disappointed by the fact says "complete series one" when series one of Moomins spans 78 episodes. But for £5.94(the price I got it for before it rose) 14 episodes are TOTALLY worth it.
If your a fellow moomin fan who's been waiting to see the BBC version again you will not be disappointed. I can't remember if the text on the opening is the same as before, but I know there were some conflicts with the actual name, because it was called The Moomins on cbbc when it shown right?(I was very young when first watching them, therefore can't remember everything lol) Really it doesnt matter about the text. Because the music is the same!!! And I know how many people were after this theme!! For it to finally be available is magical really. And it seems longer!! The ending and opening both seem to be a bit longer than when they were shown on the BBC, but thats unsuprising considering how the BBC cut the credits etc. (And according to the credits, Pierre Kartner does the music, and he's done a Smurf theme or something, don't know much, google for yourself.)
The quality of the actual video is probably exactly how it looked when it was shown on tv, quite grainy in places. And there are some places where the sound wobble a bit. But frankly I expected this. And for a RRP of £9.99, you can't really expect much more.
All I hope is that they release the rest of the episodes. :fingers crossed: But honest to god, this is a saviour to all British moomin fans. We can rejoice finally.
Episode details; (as I'm sure people might want to know before buying right?)
There are 78 episodes to the original moomin series of the 90's, 14 of which are on this dvd, I'm not sure how many were translated into english and shown on the BBC, but this is a start at least.
1. Spring in Moominvalley
2. The Magic Hat
3. The Wreck
4. The Desert Island
5. The Hattifatners(god I love them)
6. Tiny Guests
7. The Suitcase
8. The Invisable Friend
9. The Hobgoblin
10. The Invisable Child
11. The Wings
12. The Pirates
13. The Last Dragon on Earth
14. Our Neighbour is a Tough Teacher
If you check IMDB, or ANN, or Wiki for the episode names, it only says the Japanese ones. The only episodes that look to be out of order are 8 and 9. They seem to have been switched in the BBC showing, or the dvd got it wrong. Going by the names in Japanese ep 8(Magic Trick of the Flying Demon) is probably ep 9(The Hobgoblin, who flies on a black panther if you didnt know) on this DVD, so the "Invisable Friend" episode 8 should really be 9. But that doesn't matter really.
The episode names themself arn't too far off the actual Japanese if you check the websites that tell you that kinda thing. Which is nice, and btw, on the dvd the episode names are slightly longer in most cases. "The Wreck" for instance is "The discovery of a wrecked ship"
Anyways, thats all from me. Hope it helps some people make a decision to buy. Moomins is a lovely series, get this, get the books, get everything you can. I'm lucky enough to own a full set of the mini-plushes which sold in Ottakars round about the year 2000.
Just buy it! It's only £7.49 for crying out loud! What do you have to lose? It's one of the most endearing, weird series you'll ever have the pleasure of seeing!
(This is Meimi132, but because amazon has changed the way they let people review, now I can't use my account anymore...)