The Finnish production company and team behind the TV drama Moominvalley, Gutsy Animation, has struck a new deal with Columbia Records that will see numerous Sony artists contribute songs to the show’s soundtrack.
With the first series of the animation – one based on the popular Moomin stories by the Finnish-Swedish author and artist, Tove Jansson – currently in production, broadcast is scheduled for 2019 when it will land on Sky One and Sky’s on-demand service NOW TV.
As a result of the collaboration with Sony Music, each of the episodes will include a featured track by one of the record label’s artists. Details of the artists contributing to the soundtrack are yet to emerge.
Marika Makaroff, creative director and executive producer at Gutsy Animations, said: “From the beginning of this project we have been ambitious with our vision – and it has paid off in spades.
“I am thrilled to be partnering with Sony Music, which is home to sme of the world’s best artists, and can’t wait to announce the incredible names that will be writing brand new music for Moominvalley.
“What we have heard so far is truly magical – it perfectly captures the sense of wonder and spirit of adventure so central to the world Tove created.”
Ferdy Unger-Hamilton, president of Columbia Records UK, added: “We are very proud here at Columbia Records to collaborate with Gutsy Animations on the Moominvalley soundtrack.
“The Moomins are culturally important around the world and we have a fantastic line up of artists across Sony Music Entertainment contributing featured songs to the soundtrack.”
The full line-up of artists will be announced in the coming months, ahead of the animation airing in spring 2019. The tracks will complement an original score composed by Finnish musicians Pekka Kuusisto, whose father composed with Tove Jansson in the 1970s and wrote the Finnish National Opera’s Moomin Opera in 1974, and Samuli Kosminen.