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Pippi in the South Seas (1970)

Pippi Långstrump på de sju haven (original title)
With the help of her friends Tommy and Annika, Pippi Longstocking ventures to the South Pacific island Porto Piluse to rescue her father, who was captured by ruthless pirates.

Director:

Olle Hellbom

Writers:

Fred Ladd, Astrid Lindgren (manuscript)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Inger Nilsson ... Pippi Långstrump
Maria Persson ... Annika
Pär Sundberg ... Tommy
Beppe Wolgers ... Kapten Långstrump
Martin Ljung ... Jocke med kniven
Jarl Borssén ... Blod-Svente (as Jarl Borsén)
Alfred Schieske ... Innkeeper
Wolfgang Völz Wolfgang Völz ... Oscar
Nikolaus Schilling Nikolaus Schilling ... Kalle
Staffan Hallerstam ... Marko
Öllegård Wellton Öllegård Wellton ... Annika's mother
Fredrik Ohlsson ... Annika's father
Tor Isedal ... Pedro
Håkan Serner ... Franko
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Storyline

With their parents on vacation, Tommy and Annika spend time with their wonderful friend Pippi Longstocking at her cottage Villa Villekulla, until she finds a bottle with a message from her father Captain Efraim Longstocking, who warns her that he was captured by a band of evil pirates led by Blood-Svente and Jock the Knife, who hold him prisoner in their castle on the island of Porto Piluse, so they can find the secret location of his treasure. Pippi, Tommy and Annika then travel to Porto Piluse to rescue her father before he is forced to reveal the whereabouts of his treasure... Written by John Paul Cassidy <ryuuseipro@cavtel.net>

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The Newest Adventures of Pippi Longstocking! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

Sweden | West Germany

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

1 September 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pippi in the South Seas See more »

Filming Locations:

57°37'02.7"N 18°16'34.4"E See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.55 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first of two original motion pictures in the Pippi Longstocking (1969) series (not counting Pippi Longstocking (1969) and Pippi Goes on Board (1969), which were compilations of the TV series). See more »

Goofs

When Pippi, Tommy and Annika hide in the well, all three sit in shoulder-deep water for several hours. Yet, when they finally climb out, the kids are bone-dry. See more »

Quotes

Annika: Mum would not like this AT ALL.
Pippi Långstrump: Your Mum's a little odd, isn't she?
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Alternate Versions

The compressed 4-part German TV version of this film ("Pippi und die Seeräuber"/"Pippi and the Pirates") has lots of rare footage not seen even in Sweden. (These are deleted scenes from the movie.) They may have been included in each episode to patch up the running time. These include:
  • A scene in Villa Villekulla at night where Pippi, Tommy, and Annika eat a whipped cream pie. Pippi then tends to Mr. Nilsson (her pet monkey), putting him to sleep, while Lilla Gubben (Pippi's horse) walks around outside Villa Villekulla.
  • Pippi, Tommy, and Annika ride mules through the countryside. This is after they have landed on a mountain in their balloon-bed, and before they journey to a deserted land and come across a junkyard.
  • Extended footage of Pippi calling out for the pirate Oskar on the palm tree island.
  • Right after Pippi's "Sjörövar-Fabbe" ("Pirate Fabbe") song number is a scene taking place the next morning; Pippi turns out to have stood asleep at the steering wheel of the pirate ship. She hears Mr. Nilsson chattering loudly, which wakes her up (stretching and yawning), and finds that she's almost reaching Porto Piluse. This is right before she calls for Tommy and Annika to come up to deck in the final film.
  • Pippi, Tommy, and Annika come ashore on the heavily-guarded Porto Piluse, sneaking onto a dock from a small boat they sailed on (from their pirate ship). They then walk over to a wall, where Pippi begins to climb. This is right before Pippi, Tommy and Annika peek up from the side of the wall bridge, unbeknownst to the pirate guard passing by.
  • A scene where the still-captive Captain Longstocking tries to convince the parrot Rosalinda to climb up on his shoulder, but the bird is reluctant to do so, even biting him a little several times. He then proceeds to write another letter to Pippi.
  • A scene where Pippi skips into the pirate town by herself, and into the bar, where she finds Marko scrubbing the floor, with the bartender yelling at him and kicking him. She lifts the bartender onto the wall's sword display, just like before, and reprimands him. (This may have been an alternate version of a scene from later on in the film, and would've ended with the rest of the scene in the final film of Pippi giving Marko golden coins, and Marko kissing Pippi on the cheek before gleefully leaving the bartender to rot.)
  • A scene at a dock (with pirate ships in view), where Pippi sneaks behind a guard, taps him on the shoulder, and jumps into the ocean unnoticed. Then, aboard the Hoptoad (Captain Longstocking's ship, hijacked by the pirates), Blood-Svente and Jocke the Knife have a conversation while a henchman serves them food and wine. Both do a spit-take, alarmed to find Pippi climbing up on the rails of the boat. She teases them and jumps back into the water, with Svente, Jocke, and the henchmen scrambling around the boat to pursue her.
  • After Pippi swims ashore to the beach where Tommy and Annika await her (continuing from the previous deleted scene), Captain Longstocking is still in the castle tower, awaiting to be sent into the dungeon below. Despite teasing from Rosalinda, he quickly writes another letter, which he sends in a bottle to Pippi (which explains why Pippi found the bottle suddenly thrown into the beach water from the castle in the final film).
  • After finally settling her affair with Marko and the bar owner, Pippi skips into town, before she is ambushed by a pirate henchman. Pippi effortlessly wrestles the henchman onto the ground. She does the same to another henchman approaching the scene. She then skips further into town before the henchmen collect themselves and alert the others. This is right before Pippi attacks them with rolling barrels.
  • Brief extended scenes of the pirates scrambling around town, when Pippi, Tommy, Annika, and Captain Longstocking escape Porto Piluse.
  • Right before the "Kalle Theodor" song number, Tommy (wearing the same raincoat/hat Pippi wore in the number) tried his best to sail the ship at the wheel during a terrible storm, until Captain Longstocking relieves him, as he feels the boy would not be strong enough to sail the ship himself. Worn out from his vain effort, Tommy stumbles back into the cabin, where he shrugs off the raincoat and hat, and starts to eat food on the table. Pippi, Tommy, and Annika have a further conversation, before Pippi decides to steer the boat herself, leading to her song number in the final film. Tommy's predicament almost thematically mirrored the grim song of "Kalle Theodor" (about the world's youngest sailor, a little boy who was not strong enough to sail a boat, and was blown overboard by a terrible storm and drowned, and after that incident, the sea was haunted by calls of "Hei-Ho," in mourning of the boy's death). That explained why Pippi was tempted to sing it.
  • A brief shot of Fridolf and his sailor crew, aboard the Hoptoad, waving and calling out to Pippi, Tommy, Annika, and Captain Longstocking (upon triumphantly reclaiming their ship from the villainous pirates).
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Connections

Follows Pippi Longstocking (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Sov Alla
("Sleep All")
(Tommy and Annika sing a lullaby on the tropical island)
Composed by Georg Riedel
Lyrics by Astrid Lindgren
Performed by Pär Sundberg, and Maria Persson
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Would have been better if Bergman directed
9 July 2002 | by kinskimonkeySee all my reviews

I loved the Pippi films when I was little. I was always amazed by her superhuman powers and envied the life she led in Villa Villakula with Mr. Nilsson (her pet monkey), her treasure chest of gold, and a complete and utter lack of adult supervision. I read the books too, but always liked the movies better. I always wondered if maybe the English translations of the novels just weren't very good. They seemed a bit stilted.

Anyway, each of the Pippi films are pretty much interchangeable, and I remember at one point hearing that they were all filmed at the same time, which didn't come as a surprise. Each seems to involve Pippi, Tommy, and Annika (the two neighbor kids) engaging in a series of adventures that always end up making the local adults look like complete idiots, but in a rather harmless way. Pippi's father, an old, salty, sea-faring-type, pops up from time to time. He seems to have a remarkably close and loving relationship with his daughter, despite the fact that he's never around.

Watching these films now, it's obvious they were made on a very low budget. The English-dubbed versions used the same voice actress for the spoken parts of Pippi, Tommy, and Annika, who just modifies her voice slightly for each part. This is a bit distracting.

Even though it has to be acknowledged that the books made an important contribution to Children's Literature, time might forget these old Pippi movies. I hardly ever see them on TV anymore, and they're hard to find in the video store. They're kind of fun, kind of campy, but all in all, not worth going out of your way to see.


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