The Best Episodes of Moomin

The Phoenix

#1 - The Phoenix 9.67

Season 1 - Episode 69

Moomin and his friends carry home a wounded bird, which has been brought down by some hunters. The bird is large and very beautiful, quite old, and not to be found in any book on birds. Not even the Hemulen has seen it before. Her grandma being away Alicia is staying with the Moomins for a few days, and it is she who finally finds out what bird it is, and what it wants. The request is quite strange but they comply with it, helped by all the villagers to bring about a staggering transformation.

Moomin and Little My's Adventure

#2 - Moomin and Little My's Adventure 9.25

Season 1 - Episode 22

For no special reason Moomin wakes up in the middle of winter and can't go back to sleep. This is quite unheard-of. He is unable to wake the others, and finally, shivering, he makes his way outside into the bleak, unfamiliar whiteness. He meets Little My, who has woken up even before him, and Too-tick who lives in the bath-house. He meets the invisible mice, who also stays there for winter, and he almost meets the Lady of the Cold, the most fearsome of all winter`s manifestations...

Directors: Seitarô Hara
Hurry Up Snufkin

#3 - Hurry Up Snufkin 9.25

Season 1 - Episode 24

Wintering away from bed can't be very good for Moomins, for when spring comes Moomin has a terrible cold, and takes to bed when all the others get up. This year Snufkin is very late and Moomin worries far more than is good for him. Finally Snorkmaiden sets off to try and find Snufkin and bring him back, hoping this would bring about a speedy recovery. Stinky makes a bedside call, and agrees to help Moomin go out to look for Snufkin. Poor Stinky - he learns that when you have a bad reputation good deeds don't really help much.

Directors: Itaru Saitô
Aunt Jane

#4 - Aunt Jane 9.20

Season 1 - Episode 27

One day, Moominpappa gets a very rare thing, a letter! It is from Aunt Jane, a stinkingly rich relative of whom Moominpappa is rather scared. She is great on duty, and particularly on one's duty to money, so Moominpappa packs a knapsack and flees before she arrives. And very wisely, too, for she wants Moominpappa to look after her gold doubloons when she gets too old! There are, however, those in Moominvalley who need gold for their pet projects - and those who need gold just because they like it.

Directors: Masami Furukawa
The Hattifatteners

#5 - The Hattifatteners 9.01

Season 1 - Episode 5

Our friends have forgotten to tie their boat up in the storm and are attacked by hordes of electrified Hattifatteners, who want their sacred barometer back. Swimming about after the storm Moomin and Snorkmaiden find the most exciting things brought by the storm, but the most exciting find is undoubtedly made by Snufkin.

Directors: Seitarô Hara
Witch-Walking

#6 - Witch-Walking 9.00

Season 1 - Episode 62

Great things are happening in Moominvalley. Snorkmaiden`s brother, the Snork, has finally completed the model of his new flying ship and it seems to work, being a bit more sensibly constructed than the first one. On the not-so-scientific front the witch`s granddaughter, Alicia, has graduated to her first instruction in real witchcraft, a stunning feat which the snork immediately tries to emulate. And finally Snufkin and the Hemulen try to catch the Mameluke, a fish that is not only very, very large, but also very, very hungry.

The Chair

#7 - The Chair 9.00

Season 1 - Episode 67

One awful day, Moominpappa`s chair breaks. This might not sound irremediable, but creative people are funny - they rely on certain material comforte for their inspiration to run freely. Without the cahir to sit in Moominpappa can no longer write, and although he is brought new old chairs by the dozen somehow the sit differently, they weren`t his chair, and they don`t inspire him one bit. Moomin plays an important part in the destruction of the chair, but fortunately also the main part in its resurrection.

The Hot Spring

#8 - The Hot Spring 9.00

Season 1 - Episode 47

Moomin and the Birds

#9 - Moomin and the Birds 9.00

Season 1 - Episode 64

Inspired by the Hemulen, who has temporarily left plants aside for a study of birds, Moomin and his friends go out to study Nature, armed with a book on the subject, and find a lot of things they haven`t even noticed before. They also find a bird`s nest high on a cliff, the mother bird being attacked by a kite. Both mother and fledglings are taken to Moominhouse, and while the mother is patched up the big problem arises - how to get her babies to eat ? They won`t take a thing from foreign hands...

Our Neighbour is a Tough Teacher

#10 - Our Neighbour is a Tough Teacher 8.83

Season 1 - Episode 14

One day, Fillyjonk moves into the Moomin Valley with her three children. Although the Moomins hold a welcome party with a lot of unique idea's meant to please them, Fillyjonk just dismisses them as harmful to the upbringing of her children, strictly prohibiting them from playing with Moomintroll and his company. Her children try to follow their mother's BEHAVE-YOURSELVES type of orders at first, but their natural instinct as children gradually draws them into Moomintroll's circle of playmates.

Directors: Itaru Saitô
Snorkmaiden's Lost Memory

#11 - Snorkmaiden's Lost Memory 8.83

Season 1 - Episode 15

During a spell of rainy weather Snorkmainden has crammed herself with stories about princesses and chivalrous knights. On the first sunny day she and Moomin climb a mountain, where Snorkmaiden sees what she believes is, an Edelweiss. Needless to say it isn't (no such things in Moominvalley), but they have to climb down to get it. Snorkmaiden slips, rolls down the mountainside and winds up in a faint. When she comes to she has forgotten all, and thinks she is of royal blood...

Directors: Yorifusa Yamaguchi
The Midwinter Bonfire

#12 - The Midwinter Bonfire 8.80

Season 1 - Episode 37

Moomin Saves the Tigers

#13 - Moomin Saves the Tigers 8.80

Season 1 - Episode 20

Moominfamily have befriended all the wild animals that Stinky let out of the zoo (except the crocodiles and who wants to be friends with a crocodile, anyway?) and when the zoo-keepers come to take the animals back, the Moomins, aided by the Inspector, fend them off. But, also, the hot spell doesn't last. Autumn comes, the jungle withers in the cold and the animals huddles, shivering, in front of open fires, wondering if chilly freedom is really better than a warm zoo.

Directors: Ken Shintani
The Lighthouse

#14 - The Lighthouse 8.75

Season 1 - Episode 25

Once again the very fine weather is boring Moominpappa to tears and this time he decides to take the whole family with him and sail for a lighthouse on a small island, not bigger than a fly-speck on the chart. Loaded down they set off and arrive next morning after a harrowing experience with a ghost-ship during the night. They meet a small boat with a man and a boy fishing, but when they get to the lighthouse it is empty, thick with dust and the beacon has gone out. What has happened?

Directors: Takuo Suzuki
Snufkin Leaves Moominvalley

#15 - Snufkin Leaves Moominvalley 8.70

Season 1 - Episode 21

Again winter is at the door and Moominpappa and Moomin are collecting wood to keep the house warm during their long hibernation. Moomin is feeling very sad because it is time for Snufkin to go away on his long annual trip. Moomin talks his parents into letting him go along, but Snufkin says no - he needs some time to himself. Moomin takes to his bed, utterly dejected, but Snorkmaiden manages to bring him out of his gloom by showing him something very, very special.

Directors: Takuo Suzuki
The Hobgoblin

#16 - The Hobgoblin 8.67

Season 1 - Episode 8

The Groke has gone, having been given a very special sea-shell which was a gift from Snorkmaiden to Moomin, who is now in trouble. Moominmamma's handbag disappears, and she promises the finder a huge party. It seems the Groke was not the only one interested in the contents of the suitcase, however...

Directors: Masayuki Kojima, Ken Shintani
Christmas Is Coming

#17 - Christmas Is Coming 8.67

Season 1 - Episode 36

Mymble's Diamond

#18 - Mymble's Diamond 8.67

Season 1 - Episode 54

Mymble has found a ring on the ground with a big, sparkling stone and gives it in to the Inspector. When no one comes forth to claim it he gives it to her and she is very, very happy, deciding it must be a diamond. She parades it all around Moominvalley, until she is informed by Fillyjonk that if one has a huge diamond like that one must dress accordingly. Not only that, but one must behave accordingly and live accordingly and even though Mymble is helped by Little My and Stinky she soon finds that although diamonds may be a girl`s best friend, they should be so in moderation..

Moominpappa's Second Youth

#19 - Moominpappa's Second Youth 8.67

Season 1 - Episode 55

One day something remarkable happens in Moominvalley, Moominpappa goes for a walk without his hat. When mad aware of this he is greatly distressed, fearing that his forgetfulness is a sign of approaching senility. he takes up the most strenuous physical exercises to regain his lost faculties, and makes day into night in an attempt to get out of the ruts of his life. To get him back to normal takes quite a jolt; a very gently one which is administered by Moominmamma - who else ?

Moomin's the Fortune-Teller

#20 - Moomin's the Fortune-Teller 8.67

Season 1 - Episode 61

Sniff is at it again; trying to get rich quickly. Unfortunately for Moomin he figures as the short-cut to riches in a dream Sniff has had, and when Sniff drags him off to masquerade as a fortune-teller, Moomin as usual finds it far too difficult to say no. Helped by Sniff`s tampering ever so slightly with Fate they get off to a most promising start, but then nemesis hits, as is her wont at least where Sniff is concerned, leaving Moomin to help Snorkmaiden with her costume for a fancy dress competition.

Going South

#21 - Going South 8.67

Season 1 - Episode 78

At last the Snork`s flying ship is working properly, and everyone is getting a ride in it - some very hazardous ones. Winter is just around the corner, and while the Moomins hibernate as usual, practically everyone else decides to go south for long trips. Snufkin is going too, of course, but before he goes he give Moomin a very special present.

Artists in Moominvalley

#22 - Artists in Moominvalley 8.67

Season 1 - Episode 58

Ever believing in his own ability Moominpappa enters a photo contest for the best nature shot. The spectacular and dramatic results draw a throng of painters to Moominvalley, where the big annual exhibition of paintings is to be held. Moominpappa is much intrigued by the many different approaches to paint an apple tree, and decides to try his hand at that, too. Sudden ( and unusual) misgivings about his own talent make him decide not to enter his version, but apparently Moominmamma`s belief in his art is stronger than his own.

A Wonderful Present

#23 - A Wonderful Present 8.67

Season 1 - Episode 74

Thingumy and Bob finally decide to go back to Moominvalley for a visit. As usual they lug their - to them enormous suitcase along. Remembering the equally enormous ruby it used to contain Stinky takes the suitcase from them. On arrival at Moominhouse Thingumy and Bob are desolate, because the suitcase held a wonderful present they were going to give to the Moomins, in fact a present for which they had exchanged their ruby. Stinky finds the present both worthless and inedible, and Thingumy and Bob get it back. But it doesn`t seem to do what was promised...

Spring in Moominvalley

#24 - Spring in Moominvalley 8.65

Season 1 - Episode 1

Spring has come to Moominvalley, and Moomin and his family come out of their winter hibernation. Up in Lonely Mountains Moomin, Snufkin, Sniff and Little My find a large top Hat, which they bring home. Too big to be worn they use it as a waste paper basket, but it is a Hat of magical qualities, and anything thrown into it changes into something completely different...

Directors: Masayuki Kojima
A Close Encounter with Aliens

#25 - A Close Encounter with Aliens 8.63

Season 1 - Episode 16

One day a flying saucer lands in Moominmamma's vegetable garden. It is apparently unmanned and she and Moomin salvage a strange box-like apparatus which looks rather home-made, but which has many remarkable properties. The Inspector is on the war-path trying to nab extra-terrestrials and when the Moomins find one, a runaway child, they have to hide him, quickly deciding that he has probably not come to invade Moominvalley. Their task isn't made any easier by the fact that the box-like apparatus has now made the Inspector iridescent, this fascinating the child so that he follows the Inspector everywhere.

Directors: Seitarô Hara