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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids will learn about how seasons change, as well as explore the ideas of traditions and rituals in society.
Messages of friendship and compassion. The spirit of Christmas is described as a time to be with loved ones.
Positive Role Models
Moomintroll is anxious but caring, curious, kind, and thoughtful. His parents are dutiful and encouraging. Little My is Moomintroll's mischievous friend who can be self-centered but is still endearing. Characters help each other, get along, and improve the lives of others.
Violence & Scariness
A character throws snowballs at a squirrel. Mild threat with wild wolves surrounding a character. Some slapstick action.
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Products & Purchases
Presents are given as gifts but their contents aren't shown.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Moomins and the Winter Wonderland is a wholesome festive stop-motion animation based on Tove Jansson's Nordic children's books. The make-believe Moomins typically hibernate during winter but when they're woken up and are told that Christmas is coming, they prepare for what they think is a person called Christmas. This misunderstanding is the basis for many gentle jokes that are funny for all the family making it a true all-ages movie. It has strong messages of friendship, compassion, exploration, and open-mindedness. The spirit of Christmas is also described as a time to be with loved ones. In one scene of mild threat, a character is surrounded by wolves but is quickly saved. There is is also some slapstick moments involving characters falling over but none come to any harm. The mythical Groke creature could also be scary for some kids but it doesn't actually behave in a threatening manner. The movie focuses on the change of the seasons and can spark discussion about folklore and rituals. The dubbed into English version features some recognizable voices including Stellan and Bill Skarsgård, and Alicia Vikander. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With computer graphics being the preferred production method for almost all kids' films, when something different comes along it stands out. Created using stop-motion animation, Moomins and the Winter Wonderland is a beautiful, hand-made breath of fresh air. The characters are simply made but exquisitely shot, giving the movie a tangible feel. It's remarkable too how focused the movie is. With just the characters animated on top of static backgrounds, each scene feels close and intimate, especially in contrast to the normal endlessly busy, sprawling CGI backgrounds.
With its simple story of Moomin magic, folklore, friendship, and a deeper exploration of rituals within society, the movie is a joy for all ages. It's funny, too, with gentle jokes as calm as the characters. And what an array of characters. All the classic Moomin favorites feature, from the huge mysterious Groke to the human adventurer Snufkin. Swedish stars Alicia Vikander, Stellan Skarsgård, and Bill Skarsgård voice the English language version and all add a warmth that seals the deal for Moomins and the Winter Wonderland being a gentle, sweet but never boring modern Christmas classic.
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