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Pippi on the Run (1970)

På rymmen med Pippi Långstrump (original title)
G | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 1977 (USA)
Fed up with their strict parents, Tommy and Annika run away from home, with their friend Pippi Longstocking to look after them in their long trek.

Director:

Olle Hellbom

Writers:

Astrid Lindgren (novel), Astrid Lindgren (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Inger Nilsson ... Pippi Långstrump
Maria Persson ... Annika
Pär Sundberg ... Tommy
Hans Alfredson ... Konrad
Benno Sterzenbach Benno Sterzenbach ... Policeman
Öllegård Wellton Öllegård Wellton ... Annika's Mother
Walter Richter Walter Richter ... Sulky Farmer
Fredrik Ohlsson ... Annika's Father
Kurt Zips Kurt Zips ... Angry Man
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Storyline

Siblings Tommy and Annika Settergren have fun with their friend Pippi Longstocking at her house Villa Villekulla, until they lose track of time and are greeted at home by their bossy parents, who address them before they angrily run off to bed. Pippi joins the family at breakfast the following morning, when Tommy and Annika, asked by their family to cut the weeds off their strawberry patch, are fed up with not having fun, so they bitterly decide to run away from home. Feeling that their two children might be serious about this, the Settergrens send Pippi to look after them. Pippi, Tommy, and Annika disembark on a long and rigorous trek away from home, during which they befriend an eccentric peddler named Konrad, travel from town to town, ride on top of a train, ride a flying car, and other fun adventures. But the harsher their journey gets, Tommy and Annika eventually learn that they had it a lot better back at home after all... Written by John Paul Cassidy <ryuuseipro@cavtel.net>

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Country:

Sweden | West Germany

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pippi on the Run See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Because the house that was used for the exteriors of Villa Villekulla had been sold and the garden taken out, filmmakers had to use a model for any full exterior shots. See more »

Crazy Credits

The original Swedish version opens with Pippi riding astride her horse, Lilla Gubben, against a beautiful sunset, in slow motion. (The film's title is seen here.) A Western-style instrumental arrangement of the film's theme song, "Sommarsången" ("Summer Song"), permeates this scene. There is then a brief scene of Tommy and Annika entering Pippi's home, Villa Villekulla, with Pippi's pet monkey, Mr. Nilsson, in a small bed. Tommy and Annika then attempt to bake bread. Then, the opening credits continue. The same arrangement of "Sommarsången" as before now bursts into full gentle rhythm with soft bongo drums into a montage of Pippi riding Lilla Gubben at full speed in the sunset, some in real-time speed, others in slow-motion. (And occasionally, even two boxed-in shots over black, with some of the credits filling in the black spaces.) The opening credits then conclude with Pippi reaching her destination, Villa Villekulla. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the German version, the ending scene was slightly changed. The two shots of Pippi riding on a flying broomstick were rearranged. Originally, there was a full shot first, then a closer shot second, with a shot, in between, of Tommy and Annika looking on in bewilderment (with Annika complaining to Pippi). Here, it's the closer shot of Pippi first, then said shot of Tommy and Annika, and then the first full shot of Pippi, which freezes briefly, and then fades to black (with no "The End" credit). The next to last shot of Tommy and Annika's more amused reactions, along with the original final shot of Pippi circling in the sky around Villa Villekulla (done with miniature effects) was omitted in the German version. (Possibly because the German distributors decided the last shot was none too convincing.) See more »

Connections

Follows Pippi Longstocking (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Sommarsången
("Summer Song")
Composed by Georg Riedel
Lyrics by Astrid Lindgren
Performed by Inger Nilsson, Maria Persson and Pär Sundberg
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A classic of children's cinema
20 December 2006 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Truly without any shadow of a doubt a masterpiece of children's cinema. Totally different from US or European cinema: there is no play to the emotions here. It is simply who and what Pippi is: and it is deeply enthralling to children.

We have three children who all LOVE watching these. They are not clever, or brilliantly filmed, have no CGI whatsoever and yet they come back to them again and again and again.

For a child what can be more exciting to have a friend who doesn't need adults, is generous, fun, mischievous, silly, has fantastic adventures, AND is the strongest (yes! strongest!) girl in the world.

This series shaped a generation of Swedes: it is truly is one of the best of all children's cinema. Adults may not get it as much as their children will. Best for those around 3-7 you will be amazed at what they see that we no longer do. Hurrah for Pippi!


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