Pin It
Favorite

DVD Review 

by Marty Demarest


One of the great -- and largely unknown -- movies to be released during the 1970s was a Swedish adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's classic book Pippi Longstocking. Three sequels followed in this story of a rebellious little girl who is part superhero and part nutso best friend. The films were dubbed into English, making them feel like a martial arts film starring children from Sweden, and they've finally made their way onto DVD - albeit in a slightly different form.


Pippi Longstocking, in case you haven't had the fortune of making her acquaintance, is a remarkable girl with fire-red braids sticking straight out from her head, mismatched socks, and pointy boots too large for an adult. She lives alone in a gaudily painted house with her pet monkey and horse, but naturally, after she moves into town, she befriends two local squares -- young Tommy and Annika (named Anna in this new translation). Then she revolutionizes their lives.


Pippi is played by Inger Nilsson, a marvelous Swedish child actress who has, unfortunately, been forever defined by the work that she did here. But her unabashed toothy grin, long gawky legs, and uncommonly confident attitude in any situation make her iconic in the role.


This new DVD gives American audiences more of Nilsson's Pippi than they've seen before, in the form of six episodes of the television series that were cut up and used to make the films. The colors have been boosted to even greater psychedelic heights, and the surreal visuals combined with the score of oompah-lounge music are potently hilarious.


Of course, Pippi is much more than a quirky girl with unconventional manners. She knows how to have fun in any situation, and her freewheeling outlook gives Tommy and Anna a series of escapades that would certainly not be approved of by their parents. But Pippi is a good friend, and doesn't hesitate to stop her fun and lend her super-strength when things get out of hand. Adults, however, are rarely adequate witnesses to the virtues of children, and so Pippi's deeds go unrewarded. Fortunately, they also go unromanticized. Pippi is no hero in the traditional sense, righting wrongs and meting out justice. She doesn't hurt others, refuses to tolerate injustice, and never behaves as anyone other than herself. Perhaps it's time for a new self-help movement: We should all awaken our inner Pippis.





Publication date: 03/25/04

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Age of Zaycon
  • Age of Zaycon

    Spokane Valley's Zaycon Fresh found a way to make millions selling meat — and now it's trying to make a lot more
    • Aug 26, 2015
  • Hazy Days of Summer
  • Hazy Days of Summer

    Smoke blankets the region; plus, Patty Murray on the proposed Iran deal
    • Aug 26, 2015
  • Brick by Brick
  • Brick by Brick

    Development continues in downtown Spokane; here are some construction projects that could change the city's urban core
    • Aug 26, 2015
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Saving Seeds: A Seed Library Event

Saving Seeds: A Seed Library Event @ Hillyard Library

Tue., Sept. 1, 6:30 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Marty Demarest

  • The Cowboy's Cowboy
  • The Cowboy's Cowboy

    A Canadian sings about the life —  not just the lifestyle — of the new West
    • May 15, 2013
  • Completing the Trilogy
  • Completing the Trilogy

    Mass Effect has finally arrived
    • May 23, 2012
  • Minecraft
  • Minecraft

    Adventure and survival too often give way to mindless crafts in this building-block simulator.
    • Feb 8, 2012
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Manufacturing Fear

    Spokane's Republican sheriff says members of his own party are dangerously dividing people
    • Aug 12, 2015
  • 'Flip of a Coin'

    A Spokane Valley deputy trained to spot stoned and drunk drivers is wrong nearly as often as he is right, blood tests from drivers show
    • Aug 19, 2015
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Briefs


marijuana


Comment


Publisher's Note


BUSINESS


© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation