Pippi Longstocking: Pippi Goes on Board

Movie review by
Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Kitschy '70s Pippi adventures still fun, but no pirates.
  • G
  • 1975
  • 83 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

This movie is based on the books by Astrid Lindgren and might motivate kids to read her books.

Positive Messages

Believing in yourself is big in this series -- Pippi always says that nothing is impossible. And in one creative game the kids play Pippi urges them to look more closely at the world around them -- they can discover the craziest things.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Pippi is left alone by her father when he heads out to sea -- not the nicest example of parenting -- but it's easy to see why he has such confidence in her to hold her own. Pippi is a force of nature whose optimism and self-confidence always save the day. Pippi doesn't have any formal schooling but she's very resourceful and creative and extremely generous to everyone she meets -- she even gives men trying to steal her gold a couple pieces after she catches them. Adults often come off as inept.

Violence & Scariness

Dim-witted police see Pippi's red paint footprints and think there's been a murder. Pippi scares her friends into thinking there are ghosts in the attic who bowl with their heads. Pippi fires a gun in the air and pushes some men down and crushes more men with a giant snowball. Pippi also briefly lifts her head to the heavens and talks to her deceased mother. Pippi gets close to a poisonous snake and thinks nothing of it. She also decides she can fly and jumps off a cliff, landing neatly enough but saying that flying is harder than it looks.

Sexy Stuff

A woman with a bare midriff writhes around a stage with snakes.

Language

One "stupid" from the bad guys.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Three men smoke in different scenes both cigars and a pipe. Pippi gives her friends fake pills that she says will help them stay young forever. Rum is mentioned in a song and Pippi laughs at two policemen when they stagger around dizzy from a carnival ride, calling them drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is the last in the 1970s Pippi Longstocking series made in Sweden and based on the stories by Astrid Lindgren. There are no pirate adventures in this one so violence is much milder, though Pippi still shoots a gun in the air and takes on a carnival strongman. She also says anything's possible (she's a girl full of peppy confidence at all times) and proceeds to fly off a cliff without much of a problem; luckily her less magical friends don't give it a try. A few adults smoke and there are references to drunkenness.

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What's the story?

Just as Pippi (Inger Nilsson) is about to board a ship with her father and bid adieu to her landlubber friends, she changes her mind and stays on in the seaside village to have adventures with friends Annika (Maria Persson) and Tommy (Par Sundberg). Pippi runs through town with red paint on her feet, fixes up a rowboat and takes her friends camping on an island, hosts her own offbeat birthday party, makes an ill-fated cameo at school, takes on the strongman at the traveling carnival (he never had a chance), takes out some would-be thieves with a giant snowball, and more. It's never a dull moment when Pippi is around.

Is it any good?

Kids will love Pippi's pep and creativity (and will overlook the bad, bad dubbing) as she plans unique fun for her friends and bests a strong man with ease. 

While Pippi in the South Seas told of Pippi's high-seas adventures with pirates and crazy flying machines, despite a title of PIPPI GOES ON BOARD, this movie contains only Pippi's hometown antics. Kids may wonder when she will set sail again to navigate storms and take on pirates. So if you rent this one, rent it along with Pippi in the South Seas. Put on some freckles and pig-tails and make it a film festival.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Pippi's extreme independence. Would kids like to run their own homes and make the rules? Or would they get lonely after awhile?

  • Families can also talk about strong girl characters. Who are your favorites? Are they all as free-spirited as Pippi? Are they all smart, sometimes in unconventional ways? What traits do they share?

  • Pippi walks up to a cosmetics counter in one scene to figure out why a saleswoman would sell her a cream to hide her freckles. Are you like Pippi, appreciating the physical traits that make you stand out? Or would you try to change them?

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