Handle Productions press release
The hand drawn animation feature Moomins on the Riviera’s English cast is revealed:
Award winning British actor Russell Tovey (The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Grabbers, Being Human, Him and Her) plays Moomin. Nathaniel Parker (Merlin, Stardust, The Haunted Mansion, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) and Tracy Ann Oberman (EastEnders, Filth) play Moominpappa and Moominmamma respectively. Stephanie Winiecki, in her first major movie role, plays Snorkmaiden.
The irrepressible Little My is played by Ruth Gibson. Philippe Smolikowski is Moominpappa’s new best friend, the wannabe artist, Marquis Mongaga. Dave Browne plays the upper-crust playboy Clark Tresco, who sets his sights on Snorkmaiden. Shelley Blond (Tomb Rider video game, Cruise of Gods) plays Audrey Glamour, the Hollywood actress, idolised by Snorkmaiden.
Other roles are played by Dominic Frisby (The Inbetweeners Movie), Ian Conningham, Alison O’Donnell, Bernard Alane, Bruno Magnes, Maria Sid, Beata Harju, Andy Turvey, Kris Gummerus, Glyn Banks, Lee Willis, Sanna-June Hyde, Christopher Sloan and Leslie Hyde.
You can watch the English trailer at:
MOOMINS ON THE RIVIERA, based on the original comic strips by the celebrated author, painter and illustrator Tove Jansson, is a bitter-sweet adventure taking the Moomin family from their beloved Moominvalley to the glamorous Riviera,where Moominpappa befriends an aristocrat and adopts the name ‘de Moomin’, where Snorkmaiden is dazzled by the attentions of a playboy and Moomin learns that jealousy’s sting is the most painful of all. For the very first time, the unity of the Moomins is threatened.
A Finnish/French co-production, the film is directed by Xavier Picard and produced by Hanna Hemilä. In the midst of a massive world-wide centennial celebration commemorating Tove Jansson, the world premiere of MOOMINS ON THE RIVIERA in October, 2014 will kickoff an impressive theatrical release throughout the Nordic region. Distribution is handled in Scandinavia by Nordisk Film, Gebeka in France and Indie Sales, helmed by Nicolas Eschbach, for the rest of the world.