A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This movie is based on the books by Astrid Lindgren and might motivate kids to read her books.
A reminder of why being home with family is better than running away, even if you have to weed the strawberry patch and wash behind your ears. Also, that keeping calm in a storm or any scary situation will make it better. And with all adventures involving Pippi, anything is possible if you don't stop to doubt.
Positive Role Models
Yes, Annika and Tommy's mom is pretty flippant about the whole running-away idea; she knows her kids will come back and she's sending the infallible Pippi with them. But it still seems a little too flippant. Pippi, as always, is a force of nature whose optimism and self-confidence always save the day.
Violence & Scariness
A few near-falls while climbing on cliffs and while trying to land a flying car with brakes that don't work on land or in the air. Pippi steers part of the time with her feet and jumps off and on again while the car is moving fast (she has some super powers). Pippi rolls down a hill fast in a barrel and then hits rapids and a waterfall while inside. The kids jump on a moving train from an overpass and into a hay wagon from a moving train. A house catches fire when kids bake without supervision. Pippi walks a tightrope between buildings without a net and engages in a bullfight to save a toddler who wanders into the bull's pen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kids strip down to underwear to go swimming.
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A scene where kids whisper swear words they know in Pippi's ear. She shouts out a window what she says the worst one is: "shut your damn cotton pickin' mouth."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is part of the Swedish Pippi Longstocking TV series from the '70s re-released in the States with bad dubbing most recently in 2005. Also in the series, Pippi in the South Seas and Pippi Goes on Board. This is the one where Annika and Tommy decide to run away from home and take Pippi with them. On the one hand their adventures will remind kids that it's nice to have a roof over their heads, but on the other, they might get some wild ideas that jumping onto moving trains, going over waterfalls in a barrel, and sleeping in abandoned buildings with strangers sound like big fun. There's also a car Pippi drives with no brakes, then eventually flies, and some tightrope walking and a bullfight. Of course the uberconfident Pippi gets through it all with her cunning, mysterious magical powers, and super strength. There's also a scene with kids swimming in their underwear and another where kids swear into Pippi's ear and she shouts the worst she hears: "shut your damn cotton pickin' mouth." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With the bad dubbing and some weirdness (like kids in potato sacks dancing, pretending to be Turkish for some reason) this is a '70s movie meant for real fans of Pippi Longstocking. If you are, you're in for a kitschy treat with a car that flies when Pippi flaps her arms; dancing on the ceiling with superglued shoes; and travel in hay wagons, atop trains, and by barrel over waterfalls. It's great fun for kids to reenact adventures in their own backyards after movie night. If you're planning a Pippi movie night, though, watch Pippi in the South Seas first. Pippi's pirate adventures will hold more excitement for kids. It's hard to beat pirates, really.
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