Title song for upcoming ‘MOOMINS AT CHRISTMAS’ feature film launches a year ahead of planned theatrical release in 2017, coinciding with 100 years of Finnish independence
London, 2 December 2016 – Welcoming one and all to the wonderful world of Moominvalley, Filmkompaniet and Animoon, in association with SDI Media, Universal Music and Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs will tomorrow attempt to break a Guinness World Record with the simultaneous YouTube release of the music videos for ‘Bring the Snow’, sung in 23 different languages. The launch marks the official announcement of an anticipated December 2017 release for the feature film, Moomins at Christmas.
Performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘Bring the Snow’, is written by Finnish musician and performer Paula Vesala, with music by Jori Sjöroos and orchestral arrangement by Jussi Vahvaselkä.
Each international version of the song features lead vocals by different recording artists from around the world (full breakdown follows below). The song will also be used as the official Christmas Greeting of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as part of the Centenary Anniversary celebrations of Finland’s independence in 2017.
All 23 music videos will be available to view online from 2nd December, and the first two audio recordings of the song – in Finnish and Swedish – will be released on the same day. All other versions will be released through December. Swedish artist Krista Siegfrids commented “I watched the Moomins as a child and I love all of the characters, so it has been an honour to sing the title song of the film for all Swedish speaking audiences”, said Executive Producer Tom Carpelan of Filmkompaniet of today’s launch, “The Moominvalley is always inclusive and welcoming, with a great respect for those who are unique. For Filmkompaniet, the idea of recording multiple versions of the title song for Moomins at Christmas reflected this spirit at its core; very few things are more personal and important than your mother tongue. To produce the same song with artists from all over the world simultaneously, with their own take on the song and in their own languages, has been the key to this project. The need to meet our ambitious goal of recording and releasing the song in so many languages, within a short timeframe, led to a natural partnership with SDI Media and their global network of studios. With their unbeaten expertise and studios across 24 countries, they were able to find translators in over 20 languages to record high quality content and deliver it to us quickly and efficiently”.
Märta Rydbeck, Director of Business Development at SDI Media added “We hope that our partnership enables Filmkompaniet to deliver their message worldwide and are excited that our resources and experience could assist in the creation of such a great project. SDI Media is proud to have partnered with Filmkompaniet on such an impactful and wonderfully wild campaign.”
Universal Music has collaborated with Filmkompaniet on the production of several of the international recordings, and will release the single across their digital platforms in over ten languages, including iTunes and Spotify. Australian recording artist Sarah Àlainn, who voices the Japanese and English versions of the song for Universal, commented, “Bring the Snow rekindles my childhood fascination with a Winter Wonderland and my love of the Moomins – the heart-warming characters really capture the true spirit of Christmas. I hope that the song will become a timeless winter classic that will be sung by both children and adults (who are kids at heart!) all over the world”.
In the forthcoming tale of Moomins at Christmas, Moomintroll decides to stay awake and explore the extraordinary winter season, instead of taking his usual winter slumber. Encountering the strange creatures that wander the snowdrifts and midwinter darkness of Moominvalley, Moomintroll is curious to learn that an eccentric guest named Christmas will be making an appearance…
Based on Moomins’ creator Tove Jansson’s books, with a screenplay from Małgorzata Więckowicz-Żyła, Piotr Szczepanowicz and Ira Carpelan, Moomins at Christmas will be created from existing, vintage footage from the stop-motion productions originally coproduced by Jupiter Film and Film Polski in the 1980s. The footage will be edited and expertly restored to 4k quality alongside all-new opening titles and credits. The restoration and development of the film will bring it into the 21st century and to a modern audience, whilst staying true to the magic created by Tove Jansson in her original stories. Moomins at Christmas therefore follows the success of Filmkompaniet’s previous project, Moomins and the Comet Chase (with voice cast including Max von Sydow, Alexander Skarsgård, Mads Mikkelsen, Stellan Skarsgård and Peter Stormare) which was released in 3D and distributed in over 80 countries, including USA, UK, France, Japan, China, Brazil and Australia.
The Moomins franchise is over 65 years old and is the most beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson. In total Jansson wrote and illustrated eight Moomin novels and three picture books and her stories have won legions of devoted fans across the world, as well as many awards internationally. The Moomins have been featured in 9 different TV series – shown in Germany, Japan, UK and Poland – as well as radio plays and even an opera.
Directors Jakub Wroński and Ira Carpelan commented today, “We believe that Moomins at Christmas will be a warm and important film that conveys a clear message. It will encourage the audience to reflect upon family, relationships and the feelings we have during our first Christmas. The understanding of the Moomin world and their inclusive way of thinking is vital to this production, so we are working as a team to maintain this sentiment throughout the narrative of the film”.
Moomins at Christmas is produced by Grzegorz Waclawek and Piotr Szczepanowicz for ANIMOON, with Executive Producers Ira Carpelan and Tom Carpelan for Filmkompaniet.
Casting details for the voices of the beloved Moomin family are expected to be announced shortly.
The official website for the film will also be launched on 2nd December in conjunction with the international song release and film announcement.
For more details on Moomins at Christmas please visit www.moominsatchristmas.com
Among the ‘firsts’ of Finnish production and distribution company Filmkompaniet, in 2007 they started to restore, renovate and develop a previously produced animation master-piece; the Finnish heritage brand “The Moomins”. Later such companies as Warner Brothers and Disney followed in their footsteps with productions such as Charlie Brown and Cinderella.
This restoration and development work has so far resulted in a 78 part TV-series in HD, and two movies. The most recent movie, Moomins and the Comet Chase was the first Scandinavian 3D-movie with talent including BJÖRK (title song), and Max von Sydow, Alexander Skarsgård, Mads Mikkelsen, Stellan Skarsgård and Peter Stormare in the voice cast. The movie has been distributed in 80 countries including USA, France, Japan, China, Brazil.
ABOUT ANIMOON SP.Z.O.O
The studio ANIMOON emerged from the passion for animation of its funder Grzegorz Wacławek, an experienced producer and author, as well as director. Animoon aims at continuing the tradition of authors’ animation in the Polish Cinema and to promote the works of young and talented animators.
Currently there are several animated projects that are being produced or conceived at the studio, among others „Hug Me” by Mateusz Jarmulski, and „How I Became a Supervillain” by Krzysztof Ostrowski in the development stages. The series and films that make up the catalogue of the company are character-driven stories with a twist of comedy, often based on the Polish picture books or books for children. The company has also an up-coming stop motion, feature length film to be directed by Magda Osińska.
ABOUT SDI MEDIA
SDI Media is the world’s leading media localization provider, offering dubbing, subtitling, and media services for international, regional, and local content owners, aggregators, broadcasters, and new media distributors. SDI Media offers clients a complete end-to-end localization solution for feature films, episodic television series, interactive games, new media, and corporate needs using the most comprehensive suite of customisable localisation software applications in the industry.
With the world’s largest owned and operated network of facilities, incorporating 150 recording rooms and over 85 mixing rooms, SDI Media provides dubbing, subtitling, and other media solutions in more than 80 languages worldwide. Servicing over 40 markets, in more than 35 countries across EMEA, Asia, and The Americas, SDI Media’s global localization footprint provides the only one-stop media localization solution in the industry.
The Christmas Greetings from the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs can be found here: