Pippi Longstocking (1997 TV series)
|Based on||Pippi Longstocking
by Astrid Lindgren
|Directed by||Paul Riley|
|Voices of||Melissa Altro
|Opening theme||"What Shall I Do Today?" performed by Marieve Herington|
|Country of origin||
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Hirsh
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original release||July 4– September 27, 1998|
|Preceded by||Pippi Longstocking (1997 film)|
Pippi Longstocking is a Canadian-German animated television series produced by AB Svensk Filmindustri, TaurusFilm, TFC Trickompany Filmproduktion, and Nelvana based on the book series drawn and written by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.
It was led by German director Michael Schaack. The Story Editor and chief writer for the series was Ken Sobol. His son John Sobol also wrote several episodes.
- Melissa Altro as Pippi Longstocking
- Noah Reid as Tommy Settergren
- Olivia Garratt as Annika Settergren
- Richard Binsley as Mr. Nilsson
- Len Carlson as Thunder-Karlsson
- Wayne Robson as Bloom
- Rick Jones as Constable Kling
- Philip Williams as Constable Klang
- Ben Campbell as Captain Ephraim Longstocking
- Chris Wiggins as Fridolf
- Jill Frappier as Mrs. Prysselius
- Karen Bernstein as Mrs. Ingrid Settergren
- Ray Landry as Mr. Settergren
The series aired for two seasons, with 26 half-hour episodes being made in total.
|Title||Original U.S. air date|
|1||1||"Pippi Returns to Villa Villekulla"||July 4, 1998|
|Pippi Longstocking returns home to Villa Villekulla, where she is befriended by Tommy and Annika, but they unknowingly cause mayhem.|
|2||2||"Pippi Entertains Two Burglars"||July 5, 1998|
|Thunder Karlsson and Bloom's sentence in prison is up, but they hear about Pippi's gold coins and so when they see Pippi, Pippi seemingly does not know that the thieving duo is about to steal her coins.|
|3||3||"Pippi Doesn't Sell Her House"||July 11, 1998|
|An arrogant man wants to purchase Villa Villekulla but they do not realize it's already owned by Pippi. Meanwhile, Thunder Karlsson and Bloom disguise themselves as real estate agents.|
|4||4||"Pippi Goes Up in a Balloon"||July 12, 1998|
|Tommy and Annika's mother makes her children feel unappreciated, so they run away with Pippi in her hot air balloon.|
|5||5||"Pippi Goes to the South Seas"||July 18, 1998|
|Pippi is reunited with Captain Longstocking and they sail with Tommy and Annika. Little do they know Thunder Karlsson and Bloom are hiding among them.|
|6||6||"Pippi Meets Some Pearl Poachers"||July 19, 1998|
|Two poachers go to Kurrkurredutt to steal Pippi's pearls.|
|7||7||"Pippi Goes Home"||July 25, 1998|
|Pippi, Captain Longstocking, Tommy, Annika, Horse, and Mr. Nilsson go home with Thunder Karlsson and Bloom.|
|8||8||"Pippi Enters the Big Race"||July 26, 1998|
|It is winter in the village and all the town is involved in winter sports. Each year there is a ski race between neighboring villages. Bengt the Bully challenges Pippi and we get the opportunity to see Pippi's skiing skills put to the test.|
|9||9||"Pippi Enters a Horse Show"||August 1, 1998|
|Pippi enters a local horse show.|
|10||10||"Pippi Meets a Master Criminal"||August 2, 1998|
Thunder Karlsson and Bloom consult a Criminal Manual in hopes of accomplishing the perfect crime and getting Pippi's gold. The Manual offers a lot of creative ways to carry out a crime. However, The Manual obviously didn't take into account Pippi Longstocking and her eccentric habits.Trivia: Some stations air this as Pippi's Mystery.
|11||11||"Pippi is Shipwrecked"||August 8, 1998|
|Tommy and Annika are intrigued and their curiosity piqued by Pippi's tales of personal encounters with shipwrecks. They consider Pippi very lucky and their own lives quite boring. She tells them not to despair. If it's a shipwreck they want, then they'll just go find one right that very day. Pippi pulls a rowboat out of the sea, proceeds to repair it and they set off to encounter a shipwreck.|
|12||12||"Pippi Saves the Old Folks Home"||August 9, 1998|
Pippi rescues senior citizens.Note: Tommy and Annika are absent in this episode.
|13||13||"Pippi Goes to the Fair"||August 15, 1998|
|Tommy and Annika introduce Pippi to a local custom, the annual town fair. It is all a bit confusing to Pippi and she has her own unique interpretation for everything she encounters, including the fire breather, snake charmer, card reader, bumper cars and Ferris wheel. When Adolf, the strongest man in the world, challenges to take on anyone, he is not aware that Pippi Longstocking is in the audience, and he soon regrets the challenge.|
Note: Tommy and Annika are absent for one episode.
|Title||Original U.S. air date|
|14||1||"Pippi's Christmas"||August 16, 1998|
|Pippi comes to the aid of Thunder-Karlsson and Bloom, showing them the true meaning of Christmas.|
|15||2||"Pippi Doesn't Want to Grow Up"||August 22, 1998|
|Pippi suddenly realizes that she is eventually going to grow up. This is not a prospect she likes and as she thinks about her future, we see her fears realized as we flash forward to a bleak future as a grown-up.|
|16||3||"Pippi Doesn't Go to School"||August 23, 1998|
|Pippi discovers that she is missing out on certain holidays because she doesn't go to school, so there is nothing to take a holiday from. She joins Annika and Tommy and attends the local school, much to the amusement of the other students and the dismay of the teacher. (Her full name is introduced)|
|17||4||"Pippi Goes Up North"||August 29, 1998|
|Pippi and her friends join Captain Longstocking on a journey to a remote Northern Community to deliver supplies. It is a trip full of adventure as they team up with the natives to battle storms, icebergs and "poachers."|
|18||5||"Pippi Saves the Whales - Again"||August 30, 1998|
|The field trip up North continues and Pippi and her "crew" must outsmart Poachers to save the rare green whales from extinction.|
|19||6||"Pippi Doesn't Go to School...Or Does She?"||September 5, 1998|
|Pippi's friends are entering their report on the field trip up North in a competition for one of the special school prizes. Pippi decides this is worth returning to school for, and is there to disrupt the special occasion, much to the disturbance of Mrs. Prysellious and the very "proper" guest of honor, Mr. Rosenbloom.|
|20||7||"Pippi Trains Some Animals - and Their Owner"||September 6, 1998|
|An encounter with a local farmer who treats his horse very badly convinces Pippi that she has to give his animals a vacation - at Villa Villekulla. Horse and Mr. Nilsson are not too enthused with the new boarders, but the animal owner learns his lesson.|
|21||8||"Pippi Meets the White Lady"||September 12, 1998|
A mysterious woman arrives in the village just as a ghost is sighted at the old castle. Pippi teams up with Kling and Klang to solve the mystery of the ghost ... or is it the White Lady?Note: Tommy and Annika are absent in this episode.
|22||9||"Pippi Finds a Mysterious Footprint"||September 13, 1998|
The whole town is in an uproar at the discovery of a giant footprint in the snow, presumed to be that of a mythological creature. At the prospect of the town's and townsfolk notoriety, several people are caught in the drama and crazy antics of being the first to sight and capture the creature, thereby bringing fame and fortune to themselves. All the while, Mr. Nilsson gets around undetected wearing giant snowshoes on his feet.Note: Tommy and Annika are absent in this episode.
|23||10||"Pippi Enters a Flower Show"||September 19, 1998|
|Pippi sends a request to her father, Captain Longstocking, on a remote island in the South Pacific, for some unusual flower seeds so she may enter the town's annual flower show. The Captain's letter, explaining that the seeds are for cannibal flowers, is somehow lost as Pippi manages to grow the most exotic species of flowers ever seen. Not equating the loss of many small items to the flower, Pippi enters the show, and chaos prevails as the cannibal flowers eat the other plant entries. Mrs. Prysellious silly accusation that the plants ate her flowers is dismissed until she is proven correct. In the end, Pippi wins the flower show and the cannibal flowers are named: Omnivora Pippidensus, or "Hungry Pippis".|
|24||11||"Pippi Visits Aunt Matilda"||September 20, 1998|
Bloom gets wind that he is being considered as Aunt Matilda's heir to her fortune upon her death. Thunder-Karlsson and Bloom are determined to ingratiate themselves to the crotchety old aunt, and Pippi has the task of finding charitable activities for the reformed crooks.Note: Tommy and Annika are absent in this episode.
|25||12||"Pippi and the Carpenter"||September 26, 1998|
|Pippi befriends an inept, but good-natured carpenter and manages to help him find work in the village. When his poor workmanship puts the town at risk, Pippi must step in to do some hasty renovations.|
|26||13||"Pippi Takes a Train Ride"||September 27, 1998|
Kling and Klang have been assigned to escort two tough criminals on a train ride to a new maximum security jail. Also aboard for the ride are Tommy and Annika under Mrs. P's supervision, and to the delight of Thunder-Karlsson and Bloom, a shipment of money is loaded along with an armed guard prompting Thunder-Karlsson & Bloom's decision to get on board as well. Pippi, Horse and Mr. Nilsson decide to join the party and the antics follow as Thunder-Karlsson and Bloom assume the criminals have a plan to get the money, and want a part of it.Note: The two criminals from the fourth episode makes a reappearance.
Note: Tommy and Annika are absent for three episodes.
The show aired on Teletoon (Canada) starting the day the channel launched, October 17, 1997. It was also shown on HBO (United States), Channel 4, Nickelodeon UK, POP and Pop Girl (United Kingdom). It later ran on YTV in Canada and Qubo in the United States.
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