12 Days of Netflix Finds: The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

Genre:  Family/Comedy
Rating:  4.5/5 Stars
Recommended To:  Kids and kids at heart
Special Warnings: None

I freaking love this movie; as a child, I watched it at least once every few months, and never tired of it.  Whimsical, hilarious and cheeky, it’s a new-gen Mary Poppins, only with a little girl slipping into town and changing the lives of two children.

Pippi is a precocious young girl, sailing the seas with her pirate father and having a grand time of it.  When a storm separates Pippi and her beloved dad, she does as he has told her and heads to Villa Villekulla with her horse, Alfonso, and pet monkey, Mr. Nilsson to await his return.  The Villa, believed by local children to be haunted, is suddenly alive with games and songs, enchanting over neighbouring children Tommy and Annika.  While their mother feels Pippi is innocent enough, the town begins to take a narrow-minded stance, aiming to throw Pippi into foster care and make a “proper” little girl of her.  But they have no idea what they’re getting into…

This is one of those movies that truly captures what it’s like to be a kid, to have a vivid imagination and, most importantly, to dream big and believe in yourself.  The timid Tommy and Annika emerge bolder and more confident, while Pippi appreciates why being a little civilized might not be so bad – but only a little, of course.  It’s full of laughter and heart and PIRATES.  C’mon!  You gotta watch it.

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