Trivia / Pippi Longstocking

  • Box Office Bomb:
    • The 1988 film adaptation The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking only grossed $3,569,939 against a $5,000,000 budget.
    • The 1997 film by Nelvana did even worse in America in part due to a limited release. Budget, $11.5 million. Box office, $505,335.
  • Creator Backlash: Astrid Lindgren hated the idea of having Pippi animated, and claims that she only allowed Nelvana to do an Animated Series because they wouldn't stop bugging her. Clearly, Hayao Miyazaki should have tried harder (see below).
    • Her exact thoughts on the finished movie aren't recorded, as she refused to comment; but it is notable that the next Animated Adaptation of a Lindgren book, Karlsson on the Roof, was given much stricter guidelines for script, design and tone.
  • Fountain of Expies: Pippi has served as the inspiration for a lot of spunky red-haired heroines over the years. One notable modern example is Lisbeth Salander of The Millennium Trilogy (although she dyes her hair jet black), and it's even lampshaded in one of the books.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The 1988 The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking movie... not with the setting itself, considering it mostly appears to take place in the 1940s, however, most of the songs used in the movie, with their synthesized underscores, have obvious 80s vibes to them.
  • What Could Have Been: At one point in 1971, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata wanted to do an anime adaptation of Pippi, however when they went to get personal permission from the creator, they were denied and the project was canceled. Some samples of Miyazaki's lovely artwork for the project still exist and can be seen here.
  • Word of Dante: Everybody in Sweden knows that Pippi's horse is named Lilla Gubben. This name never appears in the books, who simply refers to Pippi's horse as "Pippi's horse." The name incidentally means "Little Old Man" and originated in the 1969 TV series — though even there, Tommy (as the voiceover narrator) explains that the horse doesn't have a real name; "Lilla Gubben" is an affectionate term Pippi uses when talking to him.note