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The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking Review

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OK for kids 7+

Pippi's spirit shines through in OK '80s version.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that just like the classic book Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, 11-year-old Pippi lives without parents: her mother is dead (Pippi talks to her in the clouds a couple times), and her father is lost at sea after they're separated in a storm at the beginning of the movie. Adventure -- and danger -- seem to follow Pippi, who rescues kids and her pet monkey trapped in a burning building and convinces two kids to run away from home, and nearly gets them sent over a waterfall in barrels. Pippi is an endearing character because of her free spiritedness and creative approach to life, but her disregard for manners and the authority of adults may also grate on parents.

  • Families can talk about Pippi. Why do you think she's such an enduring character? What does Pippi miss out on by living her lifestyle? What does she gain? What lessons can kids and parents take from Pippi's attitude?
  • What other spunky girl characters can you think of? How is Pippi different from Annie?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Story is based on the popular classic by Astrid Lindgren. Also, Pippi tells many tall tales of far-off places in this movie. Kids can make note of the places she mentions and look them up.

  • message true3

    Messages: Hammered home a few times is the idea that anything is possible if you believe in yourself. Also, that you should be yourself and explore the world creatively; there's always a more interesting way to do something like clean the house or dry your clothes. On the minus side, kids cheerfully run away from home, and bad manners are laughed at much more than frowned upon.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Pippi lives without parents and doesn't see the need for adult supervision, table manners, or an education. She's also very imaginative, a good friend, a great story-teller, brave in the face of danger, and wants to ensure that everyone has fun, especially those less fortunate.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: A huge storm tosses Pippi and her father from their ship and separates them. An orphanage fire forces Pippi to save some children and her monkey. Villains trying to take Pippi's house are coaxed onto the roof and one is thrown into a tree. Pippi talks to her deceased mother, eyes raised to the heavens, and fears that her father is dead and not just shipwrecked. Kids almost go down a waterfall in a barrel and are saved. The orphanage mentions using physical punishment more than once, smacks Pippi's hand with a ruler, and threatens her with time in the "sweat box." Pippi pretends to shoot a gun into the woods and talks of cannibals and their cookbooks.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false2

    Language: Lots of name-calling like "idiots," "wretch," "brat," "silly stupid girl," "bimbo," and "dummies," plus "bugger off," "good God," and "my God."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Mentions or shots of Coke, O'Henry Bars, and Nestle.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A man puffs on a cigarette, then drops it on the ground starting a fire.