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Moomin (1969 TV series).jpg
Image from the TV series displaying the main characters
Anime television series
Directed byMasaaki Osumi (Eps 1-26)
Noboru Ishiguro, Satoshi Dezaki, Ryosuke Takahashi, Rintaro (Eps 27–65)
Written byTadaaki Yamazaki et al.
Music byComposer/songwriter:
Seiichirō Uno
Toshiko Fujita
(opening/closing song:
"Nē! Mūmin" (Hi, Moomin!))
StudioTokyo Movie Shinsha (Eps 1-26)
Mushi Productions (Eps 27–65)
Original networkFuji TV (1969-1970)
TVRI (1987-1991)
RCTI (1993-1995)
TPI (1996-1998)
Indosiar (1999-2002)
TV7 (2003-2006)
Spacetoon (2007-2010; 2016-2018)
B-Channel (2011-2013)
NET. (2013-2015)
English networkBBC
Original run October 5, 1969 December 27, 1970

Moomin (ムーミン, Mūmin) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Zuiyo Enterprise and animated by Mushi Production and Tokyo Movie Shinsha, which was broadcast on Fuji Television between 1969 and 1970. The series is loosely based on the Moomin books by the Finnish author Tove Jansson.[1] A sequel series entitled Shin Muumin (New Moomin) was later released in 1972. However, Jansson never approved of either series, due to the dramatic changes with the plots, overall atmosphere, and character personalities.

Because of this, the series was never translated into any languages or released outside Japan except Taiwan and some others like United Kingdom.[2] It is also notably different from the later anime television series Moomin, released in the early 1990s, which was translated into many languages and released in dozens of countries. The later series relies more on the original Moomin books and comic strips.

The anime series is also the second entry in what is now known as World Masterpiece Theater (Calpis Comic Theater at the time). Zuiyo Enterprise, would split in 1975 into Nippon Animation Company, Ltd. (which employed some of the Zuiyo's production staff and continued with the World Masterpiece Theater franchise) and Zuiyo Company, Ltd.


The first half of the series is referred to as "Tokyo Movie version", the second is "Mushi Pro version". Hisashi Inoue, a distinguished novelist and dramatist, participated as a screenwriter in the former. When the series started with Tokyo Movie Shinsha leading the project, the tone differed notably from the source material, with characters generally acting more aggressive. For example, Moomintroll was portrayed more as an ordinary boy; while still friendly like in the books, he is somewhat ill-tempered, occasionally fighting or behaving slyly. This, along with elements such as Snork being a driver, common use of firearms, one scene in an early episode featuring characters getting drunk together at a bar, and the Snork Maiden's name being translated into Non-Non (ノンノン), infuriated Tove Jansson.

While the series itself was well-liked by the Japanese public as an adventurous and comedic series for boys, it was dramatically different in areas like the adaptation and overall atmosphere. As a result, Tokyo Movie having their own contract cancelled and the designs being changed accordingly. With Mushi Pro taking over, the series had many more faithful episodes, which included the source's stories and points of mystery, horror, comedy and tragedy. Despite this, Tove's consent was not obtained and the program was cancelled after well over 60 episodes.



# Original Title Japanese English translation
1 " シルクハットのひみつ" The Secret of the Silk Hat
2 "悪魔のハートをねらえ" Aim for the Devil's Heart
3 "雨だ!あらしだ!!洪水だ!!!" Rain! Storm!! Flood!!!
4 "ふしぎの泉はどこにある?" Where is the Wonderful Spring?
5 "パパの思い出のライフル" Papa's Remembered Rifle
6 "かえってきたノンノン" Nonnon Who Comes Back
7 "さよならガオガオ" Good-bye, Gao-Gao
8 "ノンノンがあぶない" Nonnon is in Danger
9 "ムーミン谷の列車大強盗" Train Great Robber of Moomin Valley
10 "ふしぎなこびと" Mysterious Midget
11 "消えたコレクション" Collection Which Disappeared
12 "ムーミン谷のクリスマス" Moomin Valley Christmas
13 "パパは売れっ子作家" Papa is a Popular Writer
14 "ムーミン谷最後の日" The Last Day in Moomin Valley
15 "帆を上げろ!ムーミン号" Put Up the Sail! Moomin Ship
16 "謎のグノース博士" Dr. Gnos of Mystery
17 "ベビーはどこに" Where is a Baby?
18 "乞食になりたい" (再放送で「金持ちはもうやだ」に変更される) I Want to Become a Beggar (changed to "I Already Got Tired of the Rich Person" at the time of rebroadcast)
19 "月着陸OK! " Moonlanding, O.K.!
20 "スキーでハッスル! " Hustle on Skis!
21 "ふしぎな家なき子" Strange Child Without Home
22 "山男だよヤッホー! " Mountaineer, Yoo-hoo!
23 "チビのミー大作戦" The Big Operation Plan of Little Mee
24 "おさびし山のガンマン" The Gunman of Deserted Mountain
25 "おめでとうスノーク" Congratulations, Snork
26 "ノンノンこっちむいて" Nonnon, Please Turn Around to Me
27 "顔をなくしたニンニ" Ninny Who Lost a Face
28 "小さな大冒険" Small, Great Adventure
29 "ひこう鬼現わる" Flying Demon (The Hobgoblin) Appears
30 "天国からの贈りもの" Present from Heaven
31 "ごめんねスティンキー" Sorry, Stinky
32 "森のゆうれい屋敷" Haunted House in the Forest
33 "おくびょうな豆泥棒" The Cowardly Beans Thief
34 "金の馬銀の馬" Golden Horse, Silver Horse
35 "夏祭りのオーロラ" Aurora of Summer Festival
36 "ムーミンパパのノート" Moomin's Papa's Notebook
37 "小さなみにくいペット" Small, Ugly Pet
38 "人魚さんこんにちわ" Miss Mermaid, Hello
39 "家にいるのは誰だ" Who is in the House
40 "ニョロニョロのひみつ" The Secret of Nyoro-Nyoro (=Hattifattener)
41 "マメルクをつかまえろ" Catch Mamelk
42 "大きな大きなプレゼント" Big, Big Present
43 "あらしの怪獣島" Stormy Monster Island
44 "海の星はどこに" Where is the Sea Star?
45 "悪魔の島がやってきた" Devilish Island Has Come
46 "真夏の雪を探せ!" Look for Snow of Midsummer!
47 "なくしたペンダント" The Lost Pendant
48 "歩いてきた山びこ" Echo Which Has Walked
49 "ピアノなんか大嫌い" I Hate Pianos
50 "眠りの輪をぬけだせ" Slip Out the Ring of Sleep
51 "秋はおセンチに" To Be Sentimental in Autumn
52 "月夜に踊る人形" The Doll Who Dances in the Moonlit Night
53 "凧が知っていた" The Kite Knew
54 "さようなら渡り鳥" Good-bye, Migratory Bird
55 "鳩は飛ばない" Doves Don't Fly
56 "ムーミン谷のカーニバル" Carnival of Moomin Valley
57 "お婆ちゃんのひみつ" The Old Woman's Secret
58 "ノンノンがいなくなる? " Is Nonnon Gone?
59 "手品にはタネがある" There is a Trick in Magic
60 "ひとりぼっちの冬" Lonely Winter
61 "消えた雪うさぎ" Snow Rabbit Which Disappeared
62 "氷姫のいたずら" The Ice Princess' Mischief
63 "一日だけのお姫様" Princess Just for a Day
64 "影なんか恐くない" Who's Afraid of Shadow?
65 "おやすみムーミン" Good Night, Moomin

Home media

The series saw VHS and Laser Disc releases in Japan.

Vol.1-7 (episode 1-26)
"The volume of love" (episode 37, 49)
"The volume of dream" (episode 34, 64)

See also


  1. ^ Jonathan Clements, Helen McCarthy. The anime encyclopedia. Stone Bridge Press, 2006. ISBN 9781933330105.
  2. ^ "vol.9 世界の人を魅了した初代ムーミン". おおすみ正秋の仕事場. Retrieved 2019-09-14.