The laughs come from a combination of slapstick humour and witty repartee, most of which are admittedly tailored more towards adults rather than children. What makes the film stand out most, however, is the enchanting, low-key hand-drawn animation style. The pastel colours and etched landscapes infuse it with more heart and tender loving care than most of Hollywood's animated output combined. In spite of all the technical advancements, there's nothing more beautiful than what comes from the hand. If faults needed to be found, then it could be said that the narrative succumbs to a convention on more than one occasion, souring the pleasant taste ever so slightly. The pirate-orientated opening also feels like a silly way to kick-start what becomes a magical trip. The voice cast, as willing as they are, don't quite fit with their respectively oddball characters. But then, those faults come to mind only when nitpicking over the details. Moomins on the Riviera is, in fact, a sincere, funny, and pretty-as-a-picture delicacy for the Finnish troll family.
Jamie Neish | @EmptyScreens