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Pippi Longstocking: Pippi in the South Seas
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this adorable yet very '70s kitschy Pippi Longstocking movie is a pirate adventure so expect plenty of cannon fire, sword fights, and high seas pirate antics. Pippi's father is held captive and she takes on a whole island of pirates, often fighting them singlehandedly then dancing a jig singing "I am Pippi Longstocking." She swims through sharks saying "who's afraid of sharks?" It's this optimism at every turn that keeps some of the more dangerous moments from being frightening. There's one tavern scene (with plenty of pirate drinking shown) where she effortlessly tosses two pirates out a window and hangs the bartender on the wall. Of course she does, it's Pippi.
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What's the story?
Right after Annika and Tommy's parents leave them with Pippi for three weeks a message arrives in a bottle from Pippi's dad. He's being held captive by pirates and needs Pippi to save him! The trio doesn't hesitate to hop into Pippi's hot air balloon-bed and head south. After a few desert island strandings, the building of a plane, and the hijacking of a pirate ship they make it to the island. But it's crawling with pirates. They may be shaking in their boots that Pippi's coming, but they have their cannons ready. Can she save her papa? Of course she can.
Is it any good?
Sure, the dubbing is just awful and the effects are so very early '70s, but Pippi-loving kids won't care a bit. This Swedish Pippi is perfect. She dances and sings while she faces off against pirates and shrugs off any difficulties with her extreme confidence that everything will turn out great.
This is kid adventure fantasy at its very best. Expect hours of pretend play after the movie's over with basements turned into desert islands, big boxes and bike parts made into airplanes, and the cardboard scraps made into cutlasses. En garde!
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