The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988)

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After her father's ship is carried off by a sudden storm, the spunky Pippi Longstocking is stranded with her horse, Alfonso, and monkey, Mr. Nilsson, and takes up residence in the old ... See full summary »


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6 May 2004 | kevin_s_scrivner
Strictly for the kiddies
I remember enjoying the Pipi Longstocking books in elementary school, and my 4-year-old loves this movie. As an adult, however, I find it painful to watch. It isn't that the movie is bad, at least not in the same sense that schlocky sci fi and horror movies are bad. The children do acceptable acting jobs, although the adult actors are lackluster. The sets, costumes, and special effects are adequate. The music is bouncy. There are lots of fun Pipi stunts and much childhood wish fulfillment. All good, clean fun. Somehow, though, the film is less than the sum of its parts.

I think it must be the plotting and pacing. The super-competent Pipi so outmatches her opponents -- a villainous real estate agent and an uncompassionate human services worker -- that you never feel any suspense or concern for her safety. In fact, Pipi comes across as such a smart-mouthed brat that I began to sympathize with her playmates' whiny father. The story itself meanders from incident to unrelated incident until the movie positively drags.

So, this is a movie that it is safe to let your kids watch unsupervised. That's a good thing, because you won't want to sit through it yourself, at least not more than once.

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The literal translations of some of this film's foreign language titles include "Pippi Longstocking: The Strongest in the World" (Sweden; Pippi's native country); "Pippi Longstocking's New Tricks" (Germany); "Pippi Longstocking's Adventure Story" (Japan); "Pippi Longstocking: The World's Strongest Girl" (Finland); "The World's Strongest Pippi" (Norway); "Pippi Longstocking: The Movie" (Spain); and "The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking" (Argentina and France).


Annika Settigren: You'll catch a death of cold if you stand around like that.
Pippilotta Longstockings: Since when do people die from being wet?
Annika Settigren: That's what my mom always says.


When Pippi's father catches her after she jumps off the roof of the boat, he throws her back up and at the top of the screen, the device lifting her up is visible.

Crazy Credits

The opening credits is a montage of children's book style illustrations of Pippi and her father, Captain Efraim Lockstocking, in various parts of the world (Sweden, Africa, India, Thailand, Alaska, China, and the seldom-featured Kurrekurredutt Island, the fictional South Pacific island where Captain Longstocking became king), as the credits appear over the negative spaces in each picture. The montage concludes with an illustration of the Hoptoad (Captain Longstocking's ship), which segues into the live action scene of it which starts the story.


Pippi Longstocking (Is Coming Into Your Town)
Performed by
Margie Nelson and the International Children's Choir
Music by Misha Segal
Written by Misha Segal and Harriet Schock


Plot Summary


Adventure | Family | Fantasy | Musical


Release Date:

29 July 1988



Country of Origin

Sweden, USA

Filming Locations

Amelia Island, Florida, USA

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$933,462 31 July 1988

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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