Moomin (Japanese: 楽しいムーミン一家 Hepburn: Tanoshii Mūmin Ikka, Delightful Moomin Family) is a Japanese-Dutch anime television series produced by Telecable Benelux B.V.. Based on the Moomin novels and comic strips by the Finnish illustrator and author Tove Jansson and her brother Lars Jansson, it was the third anime adaptation of the property and the first to receive distribution in other countries worldwide. Moomin first aired on TV Tokyo from April 12, 1990 to October 3, 1991. The series had also been dubbed into English and aired on CBBC in United Kingdom during the same year.
Moomin takes place in the peaceful Moominvalley, where a young Moomin along with his parents Moominpappa and Moominmamma live in the large and blue Moominhouse. The series follows many fun or even obscure adventures of Moomin family and their friends around the Moominvalley or sometimes outside of it. Most of the stories involve discovering magical objects and creatures, adventures in different locations or dealing with everyday situations. While many episodes are faithful or at least loosely based on the novels and comic strips, the series has its own consistent continuity.
The series helped fuel the "Moomin boom" of the 1990s, including an obsession with The Moomin plush toys in Japan. After great success of the series, a sequel called Delightful Moomin Family: Adventure Diary (楽しいムーミン一家 冒険日記 Tanoshii Mūmin Ikka: Bōken Nikki) was made. The sequel aired around several countries outside of Japan, and was considered the second season of Moomin, although it was never dubbed into English. The original series also spawned a theatrical prequel film Comet in Moominland that is based on the second novel of the same name and video games releases.