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Nordic Animation
Balancing the East and the West

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ISBN 9781032149158
March 15, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
202 Pages 82 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Nordic Animation examines the state of the animation industry within the Nordic countries. It looks at the success of popular brands such as the Moomins and Angry Birds, studios such as Anima Vitae and Qvisten, and individuals from the Nordics that have made their mark on the global animation industry.

The book begins with some historical findings before moving to look at the stories of some of the most well-known Nordic animation brands. A section on Nordic animation studios looks at the international success and impact on the global animation industry that has been made by these companies. The book is forward thinking in scope and places these stories within the context of what the future holds for the Nordic animation industry.

This book will be of great interest to those in the fields of animation and film studies, as well as those with a general interest in Nordic animation.

Table of Contents


Saddest children and the happiest adults in the world

Who are Nordics * Why is this book written?


1.1. Art scene redefined from the idyllic countryside to urban expressionists * Surrealist fantasies

1.2. Political cartoonists pioneering with early animation


2.1. Moomin Animations - from early TV to a most genuine Nordic brand * Polish felt Moomins travel back to the Finnish ownership * Moomins on the Riviera – a feature to celebrate Tove Jansson’s 100th birthday * Moominvalley – taken into an adult drama format

2.2. Danish animation boosted by LEGO, a famous writer and some barbarians * From The Long Shadow to The Checkered Ninja * From The Princess to Copenhagen Bombay

2.3. Norwegian curiosities: Ivo Caprino and his inheritors in stop-motion * Other characters by Caprino * Killi’s Darlings * Katariina Lillqvist tells dangerous stories

NOMAD YEARS: Looking East and West - Nomad stories from Finland

Information Classification: General

Finnish-Russian cooperation and Tallinn as a next stop * Back to Brexit Britain


3.1. Making it rough and edgy: Happy Life Animation – the end of an era

3.2. Anima Vitae – 3D virtuosos from Finland * Asia Strategy – exporting the Finnish pipeline to Malaysia

3.3. Iceland: two studios and two thousand years of sagas

NOMAD STORIES to be continued * Finnish-Swedish animation: Forerunners and returnees


4. 1. Sweden – from dystopia to nostalgia * What happened then?

4.2. Not all birds are angry – Rovio and its successors * Bird boom to catch up from Iceland to Espoo and Turku

4.3. Valhalla goes VFX, but where is the animated Kalevala? * People believing in elves?


5.1. Being Mosvold, being Nordid, being international * From the series to a feature * Qvisten – Living dangerously in the forest * Nordic Christmas Hour

Information Classification: General

5.2. New School Viborg: Norlum and Danish documentary animation

5.3. From Filmtecknarna to LEE Film and The Ape Star

5.4. Thinking big from the beginning: Gigglebug Entertainment * Anima Boutique started in 2007 * From Sopron to Berlin * From IP to a new company

5.5. Closing the circle – Titina


Trolls and more trolls

The author’s word

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Liisa Vähäkylä is the Executive Director at Finnanimation, the network of Finnish animation producers, and an independent animation scholar.