Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s character Pippi Långstrump, to give her her Swedish name, has appeared in a handful of Swedish and German movies since 1949, but it wasn’t until 1988 that an English-language version was made. It’s not brilliant, but young fans of the books will enjoy red-haired, pigtailed Pippi’s adventures with pals Tommy and Annika, her horse Alfonso and pet monkey Mr Nilsson – it’s kiddie heaven as they have food fights, pillow fights and break all the grown-ups’ rules. Adults, however, will find Erin’s portrayal of precocious Pippi quite grating.
The other English language version of Pippi’s adventures is the animated Pippi Longstocking from 1997. A Swedish/German/Canadian co-production, it features very simple animation that may seem tiresome to kids brought up on Shrek and Finding Nemo, but passes the time amiably enough.
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