I almost forgot to blog about the Moomins!
This was another bento I made for the Dream Bento Contest!
Bento #77: the Moomins
Created and eaten on: 7/6/2010
I was actually surprised to see some people requested the Moomins. I grew up watching the Moomins the animated show, thinking that the Moomins were hippos and it was Japanese. But it turned out, the Moomins are actually trolls and from Finland.
“The carefree and adventurous family live in their house in Moominvalley, in the forests of Finland, though in the past their temporary residences have included a lighthouse and a theatre. They have many adventures along with their various friends.” (from Wikipedia)
There are many interesting looking characters in the Moomins, but I decided to focus on the ones I really liked. The main Moomin, simply named “Moomin”, his girlfriend the Snork Maiden, Snufkin, Little My (pronounced “mee”) and of course, Hattifatteners! (“Nyoronyoro” in Japanese).
*Trivia: Moomin’s girlfriend had no name and was just called “the Snork Maiden” but it was called “Non-non” in the Japanese series (and that’s the one I remember), but then the author complained that the name sound negative, so they changed it to “Florence” later.
To make the bento look like Moominvalley, I put lettuce around the bento box first.
For Moomin, I mixed rice with ground black sesame seed and and mixed it with rice and a little bit of salt.
For the Snork Maiden, I mixed rice with the yolk from a hard boiled egg. When I was done mixing the rice, I wrapped two different kinds of rice in a separate plastic wrap and molded into the shape of a Moomin.
*Trivia: Snorks are identical to Moomintrolls. The difference is Snorks come in different colors, and they can also change color according to their mood and feelings.
I wrapped mashed potato in plastic wrap, made the shape of Snufkin, and put it in the bento. For his face I cut out a half-circle from ham and put it on the mashed potato. Then I cut seaweed into the shape of his signature hat with scissors, put it on a slice of cheese, and cut the cheese around the seaweed. After I put his hat on his head, I cut cheese for the feather in his hat.
For Little My I used leftover yam from the Lorax bento. I made a tear drop shape with a small oval shape using plastic wrap, and put it in the bento. Then I cut out ham in the same shape I used for Snufkin, and put it on her face.
For meat/veggies, I made my usual asparagus and carrot wrapped with bacon to make flowers, and put them in the bento.
And those Hattifatteners… They’re white long living things with a lot of arm-like things on the side. They have eyes but no mouth, and they don’t talk but kind of move their body around to communicate. I cut fish cake into their shape, cut cheese for their eyes and put black sesame seeds for the pupils.
After all the characters were put in place, I stuck some asparagus and broccoli to fill empty spaces, made flowers with carrot, fish cake and cheese. Then I made everyone’s eyes with fish cake and seaweed.
As I was writing this blog post, I realized something… Something very embarrassing.
But I was in such a rush!
I forgot to put the blond hair on the Snork Maiden!
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Aside from the horrible mistake I made, I do like my Moomins bento. The Moomins’ facial expression reminds me of Totoro. I guess Moomintrolls are kind of like European Totoro.
Only after I made the bento, I found out that Moomins the movie is coming out this summer! I’ve actually seen the music video of Bjork with footage from the movie before, but I thought it was just made for her video, and didn’t realize it was actually from the movie!
“Moomins and the comet chase” will be in theaters on August 2010, which is only a couple of weeks away! The movie is in 3D, but not the usual 3D. It’s done in claymation style!! I think it’s amazing that someone’s still making claymation films where other studios are rushing to make everything in CG/3D (with glasses).
Read more about the movie at the official site -> http://www.originalmoomin.com/
If you’re a fan of the Moomins or a fan of good old claymation style film, you should definitely check it out!