The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

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The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ken Annakin
Produced by Gary Mehlman
Walter Moshay
Mishaal Kamal Adham
Screenplay by Ken Annakin
Based on Pippi Longstocking
by Astrid Lindgren
Music by Misha Segal
Cinematography Roland Smith
Edited by Ken Zemke
Columbia Pictures
Longstocking Productions
Svensk Filmindustri
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • March 25, 1988 (1988-03-25) (Japan)
  • July 22, 1988 (1988-07-22) (United States)
  • September 9, 1988 (1988-09-09) (Sweden)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States[1]
Language English
Budget $5 million
Box office $3.6 million

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking is a 1988 fantasyadventuremusical film written and directed by Ken Annakin, based on the Pippi Longstocking book series by Astrid Lindgren. The film is a Swedish-American[1] joint venture produced by Columbia Pictures, Longstocking Productions, and Svensk Filmindustri. While the title suggests a continuation of previous entries, the film is in fact a remake of the original story.

Filmed in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island and at soundstages in Jacksonville, Florida, the film was theatrically released worldwide in 13 languages by Columbia Pictures.


After her father's lost at sea in a sudden storm, Pippi Longstocking (Tami Erin) is stranded with her horse, Alfonso, and monkey, Mr. Nilsson, and takes up residence in Villa Villekulla, which the neighborhood children believe is haunted. Soon Tommy Settigren (David Seaman, Jr.) and his little sister, Annika Settigren (Cory Crow), venture into the house after seeing lights in the windows. Looking for ghosts, they meet Pippi, Mr. Nilsson, and Alfonso instead. They become friends and get into various adventures together such as making pancakes, cleaning the floor with scrubbing shoes, serving ice cream to children of the local orphanage, riding a motorcycle, and dodging "splunks". Pippi must also fight off Mr. Blackhart and his goons Rype and Rancid who wish to demolish her house and sell the property, as well as avoid being legally taken to the orphanage by Miss Bannister. She agrees to run away with Tommy and Annika in a homemade autogyro to avoid this fate. They end up needing to be rescued after nearly going over a waterfall while riding barrels down a river. Believing that Pippi will hurt their children Tommy and Annika's parents refuse to let them play with her anymore. Pippi believes that Tommy and Annika would be better off without her and she goes to the orphanage. As a result Pippi is forced to leave Mr. Nilsson and Alfonso behind. Pippi does not fit in with the other children due to her lack of discipline and education. However, after she saves the orphanage from a fire and becomes the town heroine, Pippi is allowed to return home and play with Tommy and Annika again. She is reunited with her father on Christmas Day, and he offers her the chance to become a cannibal princess of the uncharted island he had washed ashore on and was crowned king. Pippi agrees and everyone comes out to bid Pippi a tearful farewell. Just as they prepare to sail off, she decides to stay after seeing that everyone in the village is sad to see her go. Pippi explains to Captain Longstocking that she can't leave Tommy and Annika. He understands and tells his daughter that he loves her. Pippi and her father say goodbye and Pippi goes home with Tommy, Annika, Mr. Nilsson, and Alfonso.


  • Tami Erin as Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Efraim's Daughter "Pippi" Longstocking, a spunky eleven-year-old girl who arrives on land after her father is lost at sea.
  • David Seaman Jr. as Tommy Settigren, Annika's older brother who becomes friends with Pippi.
  • Cory Crow as Annika Settigren, Tommy's younger sister who becomes friends with Pippi.
  • Eileen Brennan as Miss Bannister, the well-meaning no-nonsense owner of the town orphanage who believes that Pippi will be safer under her care.
  • Dennis Dugan as Mr. Settigren, Tommy and Annika's father, and a local government employee; he finds Pippi's influence on his children disruptive.
  • Dianne Hull as Mrs. Settigren, Tommy and Annika's mother, and a housewife; while initially fond of Pippi, she becomes increasingly concerned with her children's well-being.
  • George DiCenzo as Dan Blackhart, a local, shady businessman who wants to acquire the Villa Villekulla in order to raise real estate.
  • Dick Van Patten as Gregory, a strange inventor of glue that enables people to walk up and down walls.
  • John Schuck as Efraim Longstocking, Pippi's widower father and captain of the ship "Hoptoad".
    • Michael Mendelson as Efraim's singing voice.
  • Branscombe Richmond as Fridolf, Captain Longstocking's cabin boy and best friend.
  • Fay Masterson as Head Girl, an otherwise unnamed bossy older girl at the orphanage.
  • Carole Kean as Miss Messerschmidt, a strict teacher at the orphanage.
  • Frank Welker and Michael Bell as Mr. Nilsson and Alfonso, Pippi's pet monkey and horse respectively.
  • Clark Niederjohn as Jake, the town pilot who befriends Pippi and invents an autogyro.


The Villa Villekulla of the movie at the Original Town of Fernandina Historic Site, in Fernandina Beach (picture from 2010)
  1. "Pippi Longstocking is Coming Into Your Town!" - Margie Nelson and the International Children's Choir
  2. "We Live on the Seas" - Michael Mendelson and the Hoptoad Crew
  3. "Scrubbing Day" - Marlene Ricci, Tami Erin, David Seaman, Jr., Cory Crow, and the International Children's Choir
  4. "Runnin' Away" - Margie Nelson, Tami Erin, Cory Crow, and the International Children's Choir
  5. "Runnin' Away (Reprise)" - Tami Erin, David Seaman, Jr., and Cory Crow
  6. "Sticky Situation" - Sandra Simmons
  7. "Merry Christmas Tree" - Gail Lopata Lennon
  8. "We Live on the Seas (Reprise)" - Tami Erin, Michael Mendelson, and the Hoptoad Crew
  9. "Pippi Longstocking is Coming Into Your Town! (Reprise)" - Margie Nelson and the International Children's Choir


Atlantic Records issued the film's motion picture soundtrack upon its release, in both LP and CD formats (LP: 91016-1, CD: 91016-2). It was also issued in Japan by Polydor Records (CD: P32P-20156).[2] The Atlantic LP and CD had 22 tracks, with the score by Misha Segal, and all of the songs.[3] It is out of print, and hard to find.

  1. Pippi Longstocking is Coming Into Your Town
  2. The Storm (Lyrics)
  3. The Gulf Stream
  4. Ghost of Villa Villekula
  5. Pippi March
  6. Scrubbing Day
  7. War of the Ice Cream
  8. Beautiful Day at the Villa
  9. Pastorale
  10. Runnin' Away
  11. Runnin' Away (Reprise)
  12. The Rescue (Lyrics)
  13. Mama (Lyrics)
  14. Sticky Situation
  15. Pippi Saves the Day
  16. Merry Christmas Tree
  17. Father's Return
  18. Kurre Kurre Islands
  19. Goodbye Papa
  20. We Live on the Seas
  21. If You Ever Need Me
  22. Pippi Longstocking is Coming Into Your Town (Reprise)


Box office[edit]

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking was released on July 29, 1988 in North America, earning $933,462 on its opening weekend.[4] The film went on to gross $3,569,939 in North America.[4]

Critical response[edit]

The film has a 17% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 6 reviews with a weighted average score of 4.4/10.[5]

Janet Maslin of The New York Times gave a mixed review of the film. She disapproved of Tami Erin's acting and the screenplay, but praised Eileen Brennan's acting and Erin's hair design.[6] Richard Harrington, writing for The Washington Post felt that "it's just as hard to imagine Lindgren sending Pippi to Hollywood again anytime in the near future" and criticized the film's subplots. However, Harrington concluded that "anything that drives kids to reading can't be all bad."[7] Peter Travers of People magazine largely disapproved of the screenplay, the music and the acting, saying "If cute could kill, pigtailed Pippi could bring nations to their knees".[8]

Johanna Steinmetz of the Chicago Tribune also had mixed feelings. She thought that Erin "seems to embody the relentless good nature, physical agility and spunk necessary for the role", but criticized the film's plot and soundtrack, concluding that it is "a Pippi Longstocking museum rather than a movie, crammed with bits and pieces from a number of different books, none of them quite working together".[9] In his 2015 Movie Guide, Leonard Maltin gave the film two out of four stars, saying, "May entertain undiscriminating children; adults should avoid at all costs."[10]

Tami Erin received a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst New Actor.

Home media[edit]

The film was released worldwide on DVD in 2001 and re-released as a double feature with Matilda in 2007.


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  2. ^ "New Adventures Of Pippi Longstocking, The- Soundtrack details -". 
  3. ^ "Answers - The Most Trusted Place for Answering Life's Questions". 
  4. ^ a b "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved August 17, 2018. 
  5. ^ "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 16, 2018. 
  6. ^ Maslin, Janet (July 29, 1988). "Childish Tricks and Facial Tics". The New York Times. Retrieved August 17, 2018. 
  7. ^ Harrington, Richard (August 1, 1988). "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 17, 2018. 
  8. ^ Travers, Peter (August 15, 1988). "Picks and Pans Review: The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking". People. Vol. 30 no. 7. Retrieved August 17, 2018. 
  9. ^ Steinmetz, Johanna (July 29, 1988). "'Pippi' Fashions Plot With Piecemeal Silliness". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 17, 2018. 
  10. ^ Maltin, Leonard (2014). Leonard Maltin's 2015 Movie Guide. Penguin Group. 

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