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The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

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The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking features the same free-willed, dart-like, pigtailed, redheaded character created by Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren. The story is the same featured in the book series, where Princess Pippi of the Curry Curry Islands is cast away by a storm while sailing with her father. She ends up in a quaint village, where she meets little Tommy and Annika, and turns the town upside down with her untamed behavior. The only thing that really seems new here is that Pippi has been turned into a musical. It is not a musical on the scale of Annie, which it would seem most likely to represent; it is a musical on a much smaller scale, so small that in the film the music nearly plays as background. It is intended, right down to the soundtrack's spoken word telling of the film, as a musical for children. It succeeds on that level, in such a goofy carefree manner that writer and composer Misha Segal (who one would question as to how many commercials targeted toward adolescent girls she has composed) seems to truly be having a good time. There is probably a much better musical awaiting the character of Pippi, one that could truly be on a grand scale, and less corny. This, however, has its own merit, with the very funny "Scrubbing Day" ("Scrubbing Day is a holiday") and "We Live on the Seas," which is a vibrant and cheerful pirate song. "Merry Christmas Tree" is tender and evokes the oft-melancholy spirit surrounding the holidays. If ever a big musical is made, in theater or in film, let them not disregard the film's theme song, "Pippi Longstocking Is Coming Into Your Town." If the film accomplished nothing else, it brought this song which, so overtly joyous and amusing, should by all regards be the official song for Pippi.

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