In the remote and mysterious Moomin Valley live the Moomin trolls, gentle and peaceful creatures. Young Moomin and his family experience many strange adventures, both magical and mundane. Based on the children's stories by Tove Jansson.
Hey, boys and girls! Say, what happens, when you take something, that was good - if not even perfect, to some degree - and then you hand it over to a someone, who's gonna make it... not necesseraly any better, but good nontherles, and then, you hand that project over to a some freaking pumpkinhead, who'll turn that into a freaking mess! I'll tell you, what'll hapen! It was Moomin, season 2!
Overal, this isn't too bad for a sequal for a series, that really didn't needed a sequal to beging with - kinda like Little mermaid, or Lion king. The premise is still the same,
just like in the previous one, and the characters are... more or less the same, like we used to know them. Couple of voices may have changed from the originals, due to the long age of the actors or such, and the personalities of most of the main characters may stray from the old and original traits a bit, but the Moomin Valley is still the same - again, more or less - and some of the little story arcs are at least decent, if not somewhat enjoyable. It's all about the viewing eye, and my eye, sadly, knows these episodes really, really well.
The most notable difference between this season of Moomins, and it's actually good prequel, is the art style, characerization, and the stories. When the original was more or less cartoony, with it's fresh, fluid and soft animation, this one is straight anime-style, right down to the more "obvious and exaggerated" personality traits - whiny one, angry one, dreamer, etc. - facial expressions, and movements of the characters. And it shows! It is absolutely horrible to watch, and it doesn't fit with the format at all! It really is obvious that this season was mainly produced in Japan, because compared to it's more swedish-oriented prequel - also drawn in Japan, mind you! - this season almost feels like it's... dumned down, and it's really off-putting, to say the least!
Another thing, like I said, was the stories. When the original Moomins were inspired from Tove Jansson's original books, these ones are entarily made up, and it also shows! I mean... Moomins in the ancient Egypt, destroying one of the most priceless treasures in our modern world today, the Giza's pyramid... I don't even know, what to say to that! And what about the antics with Da Vinci and Mona Lisa... or how about wild west and Billy the Kid...? Is this a parody from Alfred. J. Kwak or what?!
The musical track is luckily still the same, allthough some of the view new pieces really succeeded to pierce my ears really good, same with the new voice actors, when the old ones were too old, or died... I don't know which. Some of my favorite characters, like the Witch, Groken, and the Magician are also abcent, wich is a real shame, since the latter was my first crush.
Despite all of my gripes with this season, this is not a bad sequel... it's just not needed to exist. The original series ended with the final winter, in Moomin valley, most of our loved characters are long gone on their marry ways, and Snufkin leaves forever from the Moomin valley, never to return again. This one... I don't even remember, how this ends, but let me tell you, it ain't good! Again, this is not bad... it's just different, than what would be expected... or should be. Give it a chance, but prefer to the original show. It's just easier that way.