I’ve been born and raised in Finland, so even though some American and British shows made their way into our televisions and so a part of my childhood, it is some sort of Finnish tradition that the Moomins were a major part of mine. I still watch them, and want my little brother (soon two years old) to start watching them because it is such a big part of our culture.
|The Moomin Family
”The Moomins (Swedish: Mumintroll, Finnish: Muumi) are the central characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer Tove Jansson, originally published in Swedish by Schildts in Finland. They are a family of trolls who are white and roundish, with large snouts that make them resemble hippopotamuses. The carefree and adventurous family live in their house in Moominvalley, in the forests of Finland, though in the past their temporary residences have included a lighthouse and a theatre. They have many adventures along with their various friends.
In all, nine books
were released in the series, with five picture books and a comic strip
being released between 1945 and 1993.
I think the biggest impact that came from watching the show and reading the books and the comic strips was that it taught me how very different people are and that even though they are, they’re just as special. The franchise has actually been banned in some countries because of the rather unorthodox family combo.
The show is full of music and lovely voice actors, it teaches things to everyone watching it, doesn’t matter if you’re a child or an adult, even though when you get older you see it differently and see into the actual, realistic values and problems it portrays. I still know most songs and melodies by heart and watching episodes from the show brings back so many great memories it just makes me tear up. And it doesn’t get old. Even though the books were written tens of years ago, it’s portrayal of issues (from family issues to social and political if we look close) still remains recent and thought-provoking.
I remember laying on a blanket with my little sister when I was around five years old, eating cold spaghetti from a tupperware box (don’t ask, we loved that…) while watching the Moomins. We would always argue who could be which character and why. My sister was really easily tricked so I usually got my way and got to be the character I wanted to be.
”Little My (Swedish: Lilla My – literally: ”little mu”) is a character in the Moomin series of books by Tove Jansson. She first appears in the fourth book, The Exploits of Moominpappa (1950). She is a small, determined and fiercely independent Mymble. When she wants something done, she does it straight away. She is very aggressive, mischievous to a fault and totally disrespectful, but can be a good friend when she wants to. She has a brash personality. She is the Mymble’s Daughter’s younger sister. She is eventually adopted by the Moomin family.
The name Little My originated from the twelfth letter of the Greek alphabet
(Mu) – transliterated as my
and pronounced [my]
in Swedish. In the metric system, lowercase mu μ
, meaning ”one-millionth”, represents the prefix ”micro-
”, from the Greek μικρός
), meaning ”small”.
The popularity of the character has led to the personal name My being borne by more than 3000 women and girls in Sweden.”
I suppose it was thanks to Little My that I didn’t want to be just one of the abiding, doll-playing girls, even though I had my girly phases and still do. I wanted to be vicious and strong and smart like her.
”TV is something that people either watch a lot of or have definite feelings about. This week, we want you to think about tv show from your past. Maybe you watched it, maybe you didn’t and it was just something that everyone else talked about.
What feelings does the show evoke? What memories does it trigger?
Keep it to 600 words and come back to link up on Tuesday, July 5th.”