Big screen adaptation of the popular book and comic strip series Moomins on the Riviera is a delightful animated feature. The film should please younger and older viewers alike.
The Moomins, along with Little My, decide to take their boat off on adventure to the Riviera. After a tumultuous journey, the family makes it to the Riviera, but the vacation proves to be an eye-opening experience…
Based on the comic strip of the same name, Moomins on the Riviera brings Tove Jansson’s characters to the big screen. The film is something of an ode to its source material, with its traditional animation style and gentle storytelling. Moomins on the Riviera is an adventure with flecks of humour and drama.
The narrative of Moomins on the Riviera focuses on the Moomins’ journey to their destination, and their time spent in this exotic locale. The film sets up friction between the protagonists as the effect of the new environment takes its toll. Surrounded by the wealth of the Riviera causes the unity of the group to be tested. Moomins on the Riviera takes playful jabs at celebrity culture and the lifestyles of the wealthy in a way which older viewers will appreciate.
Humour is also to be found in more slapstick aspects of the film. Moomins in the Riviera features gentle comedy; a style that suits the overall tone. The film lacks the peaks of a truly good adventure, ambling along at a steady pace. The film lacks the strong momentum which would propel it to an exciting conclusion. Instead, Moomins on the Riviera meanders in the fashion of a television cartoon rather than a feature film. Nevertheless, there are some decent scenes, with the character of Clark adding amusement wherever he features.
The traditional animation of Moomins on the Riviera is a delight. The film has a nostalgic feel which should entice older viewers, and a amiable tale to satisfy a younger demographic.