Pippi and the Moomins served as a social antidote to fascism | Aeon Essays

…As these books celebrate their 75th anniversary, they still dominate children’s literature in their home countries of Sweden and Finland, and are about to be introduced to a new generation. Heyday Films, the makers of the Paddington and Harry Potter movies, plans to remake Pippi, while the Swedish animation company Cinematic is remaking Comet in Moominland. With the world riven by pandemic, a looming environmental crisis and populist politicians who stir up division and hatred, these messages of freedom, kindness and tolerance are as necessary as ever.

Pippi and the Moomins served as a social antidote to fascism | Aeon Essays
Reidar Johan Berle’s illustration from a 1962 Norwegian edition of Moominland Midwinter (Troll Vinter) by Tove Jansson. Photo by By Katrine Kalleklev.

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