As part of its ongoing original kids programming drive, UK pay-TV giant Sky has taken over Gutsy Animation’s forthcoming Moominvalley for broadcast as a Sky Original Production exclusively for the UK and Ireland.
Based on the iconic Moomins novels and comic strips created by the late Finnish author Tove Jansson, the 26-episode family TV drama will bow on Sky One, Sky’s TV streaming service NOW TV, and the Sky Kids app in late 2018.
Set in an idyllic, magical valley untouched by the modern world, the series follows the lives of a family of fantastical creatures including Moomintroll (Taron Egerton), Moominmamma (Rosamund Pike) and Moominpappa(Matt Berry).
The voice cast will also include Kate Winslet as Mrs. Fillyjonk, Warwick Davis as Sniff and newly announced cast members Bel Powley, Edvin Endre and comedian Joe Wilkinson.
Finland’s Gutsy that is producing the series has recently appointed Nordic studio Anima Vitae to take care of the animation of Moominvalley.
The series is also supported by Moomins rights owner and manager, Moomin Characters, and its global licensing agent, Bulls Licensing.
Oscar-winner Steve Box is the series’ director, while other members of the creative team include Gutsy creative director and executive producer, Marika Makaroff, and the Emmy-winning writing duo of Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler.
Since beginning a digital-centric kids programming drive two years ago, Sky has expanded its on-demand kids library from 700 to 4,500 episodes and racked up more than half a billion views.