by Astrid Ericsson Lindgren
Pippi Longstocking Resources
Eric Eti Smit enjoys both Pippi and LEGO so much that he's combined the two. Check out his Flickr page to see his incredibly detailed reconstruction of Villa Villekulla, complete with Mr. Nilsson and the horse on the porch.
Lindgren is so popular in Sweden, there's an Astrid Lindgren theme park. And guess who you can meet there. Uh-huh—Pippi. There are characters from Lindgren's other books, too. Be prepared: this site is in Swedish. (No worries. Your browser will most likely offer to translate it for you.)
If reading Pippi has made you think that keeping a monkey as a pet would be really cool, you may want to think again. And read this article entitled, "The Perils of Keeping Monkeys as Pets."
Movie or TV Productions
This is the 1969 Swedish TV series starring Inger Nilsson (no relation to Mr.) as Pippi. Astrid Lindgren, who was dissatisfied with a 1949 film adaptation of her book, wrote the screenplay for this series herself.
In this 1970 full-length feature starring Inger Nilsson, Tommy and Annika do the unthinkable (at least for Tommy and Annika): they get fed up with their parents and run away with Pippi. Astrid Lindgren was on hand to write the screenplay for this one, too.
Pippi never believed her father really drowned, and in this feature film (based on Lindgren's novel of the same name) she, Tommy, and Annika set out to rescue him. This is the last of the films starring Inger Nilsson.
This Americanized version of Pippi stars Tami Erin as Pippi and features unexplained and seemingly unnecessary new spellings for a few characters (Mr. Nilsson and the Settergrens become Mr. Neilson and the Settigrens). It's worth noting that both Lindgren's daughter Karin and Dr. Ulla Lundqvist, who wrote her Ph.D thesis on Pippi, hated this version.
Articles and Interviews
Written in 2011, nine years after Lindgren's death, this BBC article discusses Pippi's origins, her impact, and the possibility of a new Hollywood film.
If you doubt Pippi's impact on society, find yourself a cozy corner and settle in for a reading of Kara Lynn Braun's 1992 M.A. thesis on "The Image of Childhood in Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking."
From the Christian Science Monitor, this article explains how Pippi—and Astrid Lindgren—became worldwide phenomena.
On what would have been Astrid Lindgren's 100th birthday, The Independent (UK) celebrates her life and the continued popularity of Pippi Longstocking with an article about Lindgren's life, her legacy, and her link with Ingmar Bergman.
This is worth watching just to see how movie trailers were done back in the day. The Swedish movie is dubbed in English here (which is always fun), and the announcer's voiceover is the late 1960s/early '70s through and through. Good, clean fun for the whole family.
Here's the original theme song in Swedish. It's pretty catchy, which could be why the Frankfurt Unity soccer fans in Germany have set their cheer song to its tune.
This is the first video in which Pippi appears in color so that people can really appreciate her red braids. This snippet was part of Shirley Temple's Storybook on American TV, and Pippi is being played by Mouseketeer Gina Gillespie. They take a few liberties here (smart pills?), but it's pretty faithful to the book.
A 2002 look back at Astrid Lindgren's life and her most famous creation—Pippi Longstocking—upon the occasion of Lindgren's death at age 94.
This twenty-eight minute feature from the BBC discusses some of our favorite Scandinavian authors including Astrid Lindgren and Tove Jansson in an attempt to figure out why it is that the Scandinavians rock when it comes to kid and YA lit. Pippi, of course, is prominently featured.
Here's Lindgren relaxing with a few of her books. Notice who's sitting right next to her (on the left—and the right).
Inger Nilsson played Pippi in the Swedish TV series and in a couple of feature films.
Here's a Pippi Longstocking cover circa 1997, published by Viking Press.
This edition of Pippi is illustrated by Lauren Childs, author of the Clarice Bean series. It was published in 2007 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Astrid Lindgren's birth.
Here's a still from the animated musical version of Pippi Longstocking directed by Clive A. Smith.