Moomins and the Comet Chase

Scandinavia’s first stereoscopic 3D feature film

Client

Oy Filmkompaniet Alpha Ab

Year

2010

Category

2D to 3D Conversion

The Moomins are white hippopotamus-looking trolls living in a place called Moominvalley. These beloved characters, created by the Finnish author Tove Jansson, have become one of Finland’s national treasures and a cult phenomenon far beyond their native country.

‘Moomins and the Comet Chase’ is based on episodes of a stop-motion animated 1977-1982 TV series. The 35 mm analog footage was first restored and transformed into digital format and then converted into stereoscopic (glasses-based) 3D. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010.

Stereoscape wanted to make a 3D film that respects not only the original material but also the young audiences it was aimed at. During conversion, we carried out extensive viewer experience studies in cooperation with researchers from Aalto University and University of Helsinki, to learn about the effects of 3D in children aged 8-12 years. As children are physically smaller, the stereoscopic effects can be psychologically bigger.

The film features the voices of known Scandinavian actors like Mads Mikkelsen, Stellan Skarsgård, Peter Stormare and Alexander Skarsgård. Icelandic singer and Moomins fan Björk wrote an original song for the film. Watch the renonwed voice cast discuss the film and explore the Moomins’ philosophy.

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