YMMV / Pippi Longstocking

  • Adaptation Displacement: Few children nowadays are introduced to Pippi by reading the books. More often, they watch the movies or cartoons first and might read the books later.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Blom and Dunder-Karlsson in the 1997 animated movie. Considering how they mean no real harm towards Pippi, and how their motivations are revealed to be relatively harmless in their "I Want" Song, they could be analyzed as a couple of tragically poor buffoons who desperately want to live a better life. On the other hand, they make no qualms about robbing a little girl blind, and they had to have done something to land themselves in jail in the first place.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: From the 1997 animated movie, Blom and Dunder-Karlsson's song of wishing for a bowler and a gold tooth, respectively.
  • Critical Research Failure: Except for useless pirates that are 300 years out of date to a country which never even practiced pirating (unless you count vikings), the useless police in the live action series and movies paradoxically have the police uniforms of 1979, while there appear to be only two policemen in the town, despite Sweden since 1973 have been divided into police districts. Also, no governmental organization has had the authority to take a child into custody of the Child-and-Charity-organization, if the child resides in a house that either belongs to a legal guardian or a legal guardian has given to the child.note  The 1988 movie takes this Up to Eleven.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The 1969 TV opening song has gone memetic. Just about every child in Sweden knows it. It's especially popular in Germany, to the point that it's been covered by punk bands, remixed by techno DJs, and even big crowds at soccer games will spontaneously sing it.
    • Also very popular in Finland.
  • Ear Worm: Along with being a song just about every kid in Sweden can sing, the opening to the 1969 series is this. "Här kommer Pippi Långstrump, tjolla hopp, tjolla hej, tjolla hoppsan-sa..."
    • There's also the theme to the 1988 movie ("Pippi Longstocking is coming into your town!...").
  • Escapist Character: Pippi is essentially a power fantasy for children.
  • Rule-Abiding Rebel: You'd think a child with superhuman strength and a complete disregard for rules would be indiscriminately violent or even murderous, but she only gets into relatively innocent mischief. She was more rebellious in the original version of the book, which was published after Astrid Lindgren's death. It was given the title Ur-Pippi.
  • Obviously Evil: In the animated adpatation, Mrs. Prysselius is pretty much the Big Bad who wants to send Pippi Longstocking off to a children's home. The lengths she goes to just to have Pippi put in the children's home are questionable. The only reason she relents at the end is because now that Pippi's father returned, that just took away her only justification for her goal, and had no choice but to fake a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Kling and Klang, from the 1997 film, who obliviously oblige to give Blom and Dunder-Karlsson the tools they need to escape jail. They don't get any better from there... (neglecting their police duties just to go fishing, one has to wonder how they haven't been fired yet)
  • Values Dissonance: Pippi's father is titled "Negro King of the South Sea" or "Cannibal King". The books were written in the middle of the 20th century, when this was still considered socially acceptable. Lindgren made it clear early on that the Kurrekurredutt were not really cannibals, having given it up many years before Ephraim was there. The Animated Adaptation from 1997 tried to get rid of the Unfortunate Implications by changing it to "Rear Admiral of the Kingdom of Kurrekurredutt", and the modern Norwegian audio adaptations refer to him only as a "King of the South Sea". Astrid Lindgren herself later expressed embarrassment at giving him that title.
    A white guy who arrives in the south seas, puts on a bamboo skirt and is immediately crowned king?! Times change, and there's no way I'd make him a "negro king" today. He would have been a sea captain or a pirate.
  • The Woobie: Dunder-Karlsson and Blom. They're so poor that their time in jail is one of the few times when they're relatively happy.
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