Aparna (inspirethoughts) wrote,

Movie Critique 2016 – 06/23/2016: Pippi Longstocking

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a movie review.
Prologue: Go here.

Stars:  5 / 5
Recommendation: Reminiscing the good old days as a child and dreaming to be like her - memories that will definitely tickle you when you watch this movie.

I had watched this cartoon as a young girl and was so in love with it. I remember watching the episodes but not the movie. So after a little search I found the 1997 Pippy Longstocking movie online - which I had watched as a young girl - and for the sake of this post I had the pleasure to watch it all over again, become a kid myself, and imagine myself going through all those adventures that Pippi goes through.

Pippi Longstocking is the main character of the series of children's books by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. She was named by Lindgren's then 9-year old daughter Karin. The books were first published during 1945 and 1948 marking 2015 as 70th birthday for Pippi. Yet, she remains the same 9-yr old year after year, going up and about her adventures with her father South Seas seafarer Ephraim Longstocking - captain of the sailing ship Hoptoad - and her friends - her horse, her monkey (Mr. Nilsson) and her neighbor's children Tommy Settergren and Annika Settergren.

A few years ago I had seen a film based on the book that didn’t involve animation and I must say I was not much impressed. I believe I like the animated version.

Pippi has a really cool and really long name - Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim’s Daughter Longstocking.  After her father was lost during a storm at sea, she comes back to her home Villa Villekulla in small village Swedish village with no one else except her monkey and horse. She befriends her neighbor's kids - Tommy Settergren and Annika Settergren - and the three have tons of adventures much to the frustration of Tommy and Annika's mother. Pippi is quite friendly but with none to less social etiquette causing Tommy and Annika's mom to dislike her at first.

Although she has less formal education she has knowledge of all the household chores - cooking, cleaning, handling repairs as needed - and does them efficiently. And she loves to tell tales for her adventures aboard her father's ship and from her travels. She is shown to be the most strongest woman since she puffs away all the cover of her furniture and she can lift anything even her horse - which she as a matter of fact takes everywhere. Although quite charming, at times she is very rude and opinionated. I suppose since she lives alone she has to stand-up to all kind of people. She is also shown to be very self-sufficient living by her own rules.

Some of the memorable scenes from the movie  that remain still fresh in my mind.

Here, she is making a huge stack of pancakes like a piece of cake - singing and dancing along too.

Here she is spinning Mrs. Prysselius around at a party.

A movie that will bring back all the old memories from childhood and that adventurous soul in you. If you havent watched it, you don’t know what you are missing. Go click the link on youtube and watch it.

Spoiler Alerts:
1) Wiki page for Pippi Longstocking has so many movies listed that I havent watched at all. Perhaps one day I will.
2) It always amazed me that none of the adults ever monitored her or forced her into a children's home. But again Pippi is a charming self herself so I bet adults were charmed too - even the local social worker Mrs. Prysselius to an extent.
3) I would like to think that the story of Pippi Longstocking could have inspired the first Home Alone movie and there-after. Especially the part where Pippi outwits the robbers - at first unknowingly and later with a better plan.
4) The two cops of the small village see a large fish like a dolphin and get mesmerized by it. Although there is no connection to the plot anywhere. Not sure why the writer had put it in.

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