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Gummibears and cartoons – cultural meeting

We had a cultural session today and we studied it through cartoons and broadcast for kids from our own cultures.



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Somehow our discussions lead to Moomins, we decided to watch one episode called “Spring in the Moomin Valley” ( = Muumilaakson kevät). It was a good idea because we found some nice cultural content in it. It tells little something about our lives here. Moomin mamma seemed like a Finnish woman as a character, being all calm, unambiguous and rational when family is being a mess. Also Finnish people sort of wakes up in the spring time like Moomins after sleeping through the winter. Snufkin (Nuuskamuikkunen) comes in the spring playing his “huuliharppu” ( = harmonica?) like the early birds bringing the spring to Finland by singing their songs. I realized that Moomin stories are really nice still even as an adult.



Then we saw a episode of  German ” Die sendung mit der maus” and it was about how the fruit candy gummibears were made. We watched it in German and I was thrilled that I understood most of it! Also I was very impressed by the German that there is a broadcast like this for children (and adults.) I always like to know the origin of things and how they’re made. So it was very interesting and teaching. Also this “sendung” (= broadcast) seemed really German in a way, clear, it had a target and step by step it went clearly forward, really easy to follow, no extra fuzz about anything.


Last but not least we saw an episode of a Croatian cartoon, Professor Balthazar. Mediterranean very much! All the colors and the way it was drawn showed it’s origin. Story was flamboyant and artistic, resembles of  the history of Roman Empire maybe?! Cartoon was different from the Finnish and the German shows, lively and colorful!!