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
Starring Tami Erin
David Seaman, Jr.
Cory Crow
Eileen Brennan
Dennis Dugan
Dianne Hull
George DiCenzo
John Schuck
Dick Van Patten
Music by Misha Segal
Cinematography Roland Smith
Edited by Ken Zemke
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • July 29, 1988 (1988-07-29)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5 million

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking is a 1988 American fantasyadventuremusical film written and directed by Ken Annakin based on the books of the fictional character Pippi Longstocking, created by Swedish children's book author Astrid Lindgren. While the title suggests it is a continuation, it is in fact a remake of the original story. It was filmed in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island and at soundstages in Jacksonville, Florida. It was released in movie theaters worldwide in 13 languages by Columbia Pictures.


After her father's ship is carried off by a sudden storm, the spunky Pippi Longstocking (Tami Erin) is stranded with her horse, Alfonso, and monkey, Mr. Nilsson, and takes up residence in the old family home, Villa Villekulla, which is thought by neighborhood children to be haunted. Soon, two children, Tommy Settigren (David Seaman, Jr.) and his sister, Annika Settigren (Cory Crow), venture into there only to meet up with her. They soon become friends and get into various adventures together, including cleaning the floor with scrubbing shoes, dodging the "splunks", going down a river in barrels, running away in a homemade autogyro, keeping the house from being demolished by crooks, and helping Pippi with the problem of having to go to a foster home. She eventually chooses to go after she, Tommy, and Annika almost fall down a waterfall, and their parents refuse to let her play with them anymore. She does not fit in with the other children and misses her friends. That night, however, she saves the foster home from a fire and becomes the town heroine. She decides that the children's home is not for her and is allowed to return to Villa Villekulla and befriend Tommy and Annika once more. She is reunited with her father on Christmas Day and he offers her the chance to become a cannibal princess, since he was washed ashore on an uncharted island where he was crowned king but when they prepare to leave, at the last minute she decides to stay after seeing that everyone in the village is sad to see her go.



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
  3. "Scrubbing Day" - Marlene Ricci
  4. "Runnin' Away" - Margie Nelson
  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 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).[1] The Atlantic LP and CD had 22 tracks, with the score by Misha Segal, and all of the songs.[2] 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)


The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking received generally negative reviews from film critics. The film has a 17% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Despite this however, it is much more popular with the general public, as 70% of the audience have given it a favorable opinion.

Home entertainment release[edit]

The film was released worldwide on DVD in 2000 and re-released as a double feature with Matilda in 2007.


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