My friend Marieke told me about Pippi. I vaguely remembered the name and hadn’t seen the movie. Now I have.
What a marvel in the world is this young one!
“A nine-year-old redhead with pigtails that stick out sideways” And a spirit to match. Listen to her sing:
I am Pippi Longstocking
With a hope and a hey and a hope shah-nah
I am Pippi Longstocking
Watch out, here I come!
I don’t need to give any more Bruce comments. Here are the moments I loved:
She dives into the water to retrieve a bag of gold. “Don’t worry. I’ll get it.”
She’s friends with a mouse, a horse (Old Man) and a monkey (Mr. Nelson). And they’re always talking. At Christmas she gets them presents: cheese, a long scarf and bananas.
Tommy and Annika, her human friends, come by at 4:00 pm, just as Pippi is waking up. “I danced the night through.”
“We don’t have to grow up if we don’t want to.”
“Nothing’s impossible. Remember that.”
(A poster) “Do you suffer from freckles?” > “No, I don’t suffer from freckles. The spots on my face feel pretty nice.”
(A man throwing darts at a target) “Watch how I do it. The most important thing is … Watch and learn.” (Then Pippi throws six bullseyes)
(Speaking to two men) “You should really remember me very well.”
“I wish I could fly like birds fly.”
(Tommy) “Pippi, this is your birthday. You’re supposed to get presents, not give them.”
“It’s the opposite of what others do.”
Pippi gets up from the table by crawling over it.
Pippi dances and sings around the campfire.
She kisses Old Man goodnight.
“I made up a search game. Most people pass things by without even noticing them. But if you can keep your eyes open, you can find the craziest things.”
(Talking to Mr. Nelson) “Let’s pretend you’re a grand duke.”
(Dressed up as an old lady, hidden from her friends by a veil) “All children should blow their noses frequently to keep their passages clear and get enough oxygen.”
(After the reveal) “That old lady could learn something from us.”
(Tommy) “Pippi! You can’t take him on. He’s a very strong man.” > “Oh, so what? I’m a strong child.”
(Finding a bunny and a deer in the woods) “Don’t leave. We won’t hurt you.”
“I never turn down anyone in trouble.”
(The teacher) “A girl leaves with ten coins in her purse. When she returns, she only has two. How many coins did she spend?” > “Why would you want to know that, teacher? After all, the money she had was all her own, wasn’t it? So she could spend as she pleased.”
(The teacher, in drawing class, after Pippi gets up and draws on a wall) “Why don’t you draw on a drawing pad like everyone else?” > “Do you think I could fit a big horse like this on a tiny piece of paper?”