I have an announcement to make
I have an announcement to make
please tell me the actual figures look better than these renderings
I bought a moomin knit poncho 😍 was very happy to discover the moomins on the front are pockets!!
mamma falls into the void
WHY won’t tumblr post my short video 🙃
edit: ok it’s up now and that took WAY too long smh
the magic of snuf/min to me is that both are painfully unsexy and lame but they still think the other is the best thing since sliced bread. they are obsessed with each other for doing the most mundane and pathetic things. for being incompetent. for smelling horridly. and the whole time they are SO dramatic about it. their romance is an embarrassment to everyone who is forced to witness it
cat dad acquired and son has been bought 👍
so sara’s done now?
just happy this exists :)
I’m the little moomintroll staring up at her like “damn… 😳”
@a-slime-draws-near I knoooow I posted about this ages ago when I read it but I hate the unofficial translation for calling Toffle & Miffle ‘Mock and Meggie’ and for having Moomintroll ask “what if Pipi has to use the staircase?” instead of what if someone needs to pee 💀 idk if Ant O’Neill’s version was any better but I hope if they ever do publish an official English translation that it’ll be more accurate…
the vibes are immaculate
Very cool that this is on the internet archive!!
these are so lovely
tut tut, pappa
i wish to experience the Unexpected Changes
The incredible ship Oshun Oxtra is almost ready for launching. At the last moment its proud name is coated in silver. Moominpappa and Fredrikson study the coastal chart.
The beach is crawling with people; all of Moominvalley is ready to leave with everything they are going to bring along. They are ready much too early but, of course, they’re afraid of being left behind. Twenty-four sea urchins are hanging all over from the rigging. First mate Tooticki finds out that the Nibling, who is teething, has gnawed off the hawser for the third time - in short, things are hectic. There are, however, the poker players acting as if nothing was going on, and in the midst of it all the Joxter is, typically, fast asleep.
stinky’s what now????
I’ll come clean here, this is a pickle completely fabricated by me. I’ve mentioned Mini in passing as an obscure Moomin character more than once, and particularly through me including him very deep in the iceberg chart I likely made this figure appear A LOT more mysterious than he really is. Mini is a character who appears briefly in the 1980 book Skurken i Muminhuset (An Unwanted Guest), the only stand-out aspect of him is how he is the only named character who has never appeared in previous stories and with no ties to them (there’s an astronomer mentioned in passing, but the link there would be Comet in Moominland). My intrigue was basically all that, who is Mini and why does the book talk about him like I’d know who he is?
So first off, let’s actually look at the text, here we go:
This is a scan of text from the page where Mini shows up, translated to English below:
Forward, loyal soldiers, said little My to herself and stepped out on the loggia. She stopped and judged the situation. At the roof sat the family’s smallest guest, called Mini. He was watching the full moon.
- Hi, said My. Why are you on the roof?
- Hi hi, answered Mini. I’m sleeping outside tonight because I’m olfactive.
My got very interested because this was a new word, which she didn’t know.
She said: - Could you elaborate?
- It means that I’m sensitive to smell, said Mini.
Mini is never mentioned again after this. The page ends there and on the next one My immediately meets Toffle and Miffle instead. The accompanying picture shows My speaking to Mini from the loggia. There are two different editions of this book that feature different pictures (more about that here), below are the two distinct versions of the scene.
So basically, Mini is a little kid with messy hair and a striped pajamas like Toby in Labyrinth. He sleeps on the roof, watches the moon, is sensitive to smells and uses big complicated words (strange words is a theme in this story).
That should be where this ends. After all, Mini is never mentioned again, but of course there are characters showing up in the background of other pictures in the story, and this is where things get confusing. Throughout the book there are more kids with messy hair and striped pajamas. Obviously, some of these aren’t even implied to be Mini, the one sitting in Snufkin’s lap for example clearly has no relation to Mini, who should be on the rooftop. However, once the whole house is called for a meeting, there are two Mini-adjacent characters who show up in the same shot, which confirms that there definitely are doppelgängers walking about. Who is the real Mini? Is there some secret conspiracy situation going on in the Moominhouse?
I’ve cross referenced these pictures, and honestly, I’m not sure Mini ever actually reappears after his scene. The establishing pictures from his segment are helpful in showing us his face, the stripes on his clothes, and together they give a good impression of how the hair is shaped. By comparing these pics, I’d say that there are AT LEAST three dolls in the story that look roughly the same. What really throws me off is how some have a match in clothes and the one under the table has a match in head, but none has both. Is the essence of Mini located in the head or the striped clothes? Is this a hidden conflict of physicality and performativity? Who knows! It’s possible that the heads of these dolls come off really easily and that Mini had just been Frankensteined a little bit when he reappeared below the table. Maybe his head is on back to front? Or maybe it’s another doll altogether? Surely, the real Mini should be sleeping on the roof right now.
For clarity, here is my totally scientific evaluation of the situation:
Conclusively, Mini is an unassuming character that was probably birthed from a surplus of dolls with messy hair and stripy clothes. He has his one and only hurrah in the final Moomin story where he teaches readers about the word “olfactive“, and truthfully, he was seemingly so unremarkable that the confusion of having his impostor clones pop up throughout the story was of no concern. Regardless, I think he’s a very funny little guy who has put me in more trouble than I’d ever expect.
So if you ever visit the Tampere Moomin museum where they have the big Moominhouse model used in this story, be sure to look out for Mini and his clones!
Alright, so a quick amendment to this after talking with my friend @kisselexy
We could compare characters and use them as scale to see which Mini fits where.
We can establish the following.
2 sitting Mini units = 1 standing My unit
1 My unit = approximately 3/5 of a Moomin unit
What’s important is that 1 My unit = 1 height to Moomin’s chin unit = 1 table height unit
With this, it would seem that the character sitting under the table is indeed not Mini at all, the head is simply too big. Instead, the one sitting on top of the table fits VERY well with the size specification, although the hair doesn’t really match.
Running hypothesis at the moment: Did they comb Mini’s hair between shots?
such a good video 😂