Pippi Longstocking (1997 film)

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Pippi Longstocking
Movie poster pippi.jpg
Video release poster
Directed by Clive A. Smith
Produced by Waldemar Bergendahl
Clive A. Smith
Michael Hirsh
Written by Frank Nissen
Based on Pippi Longstocking 
by Astrid Lindgren
Starring Melissa Altro
Catherine O'Hara
Gordon Pinsent
Dave Thomas
Wayne Robson
Carole Pope
Music by Anders Berglund
Asher Ettinger
Tony Kosinec
Edited by Noda Tsarmados
Distributed by Legacy Releasing (Theatrical)
Warner Bros. Family Entertainment (Home media)
Release dates
August 22, 1997
Running time
75 minutes
81 minutes (DVD)
Country Sweden
Language English
Budget 80 million kr ($11.5 million)
Box office $505,335[1]

Pippi Longstocking is a 1997 animated musical film from AB Svensk Filmindustri and Nelvana, based on the eponymous children's books by Astrid Lindgren. It was distributed theatrically by Legacy Releasing, and on VHS and DVD by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment, and was served as a pilot of a spin-off television series on HBO in addition to another animated film, "Pippi Longstocking's Adventures on the South Seas". Pippi Longstocking is Nelvana's first feature film since Babar: The Movie.


The film begins with Pippi (Melissa Altro) sailing around the world with her father, Captain Efraim Longstocking (Gordon Pinsent), her pet horse, Horse, her pet monkey, Mr. Nilsson, and various members of the ship's crew. One night during a hurricane, the captain is washed over board into the sea. As he drifts off, he calls to Pippi that he will "meet her in Villa Villekulla". To that effect, Pippi and her pet animals make their way home, Villa Villekulla, to await his return. Not long after arriving, she makes friends with the two children across the street — Tommy and Annika (Noah Reid and Olivia Garratt), who are captivated by her free spirit and fun-loving attitude. They soon convince her to go to school (for the first time in her life) where she gets into trouble, despite winning the hearts of her classmates.

Pippi also soon attracts the attention of a local social worker, Mrs. Prysselius (Catherine O'Hara), who conspires to put her into foster care. When Miss Prysselius goes to speak with the local law enforcement of the need for the girl to be placed in a home for orphans, she lets certain details (her lack of adult supervision, living alone, having a large supply of gold coins kept out in the open, and most of all, leaving her door unlocked) be revealed to a pair of thieves already in jail. The thieves, Bloom and Thunder-Karlsson, decide to rob Pippi themselves once they break out of jail.

Pippi and her friends take part in many adventures and close-calls, winning over almost everyone, with the exception of Miss Prysselius and Tommy and Annika's parents. Just when Miss Prysselius has had enough and is about to drag Pippi straight to the children's home herself, Pippi's father returns to take her back to their life on the sea. However, Pippi decides that she can't leave her new friends and decides to stay in Villa Villekulla.


The show begins with Pippi singing "There's Magic Everywhere", in which she recalls her adventures undergone while traveling at sea. As she walks through town on her way to Villa Villekulla, she sings "Come and Be Happy", a song describing various lightening events. When Tommy and Annika come over to her house for the first time, she sings the pancake making song, a fast-paced song where Pippi adds "ingredients", which are actually enjoyable trips. This song somewhat conveys that happiness is the key to enjoying life. After the villains overhear Mrs. Prysellius ranting about Pippi's shortcomings, they sing a song, imagining the many things they will do after they successfully burgle Pippi's chest of gold coins. The rest of the movie requires no songs, except for the credits where "There's Magic Everywhere" is played.



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