Pippi Longstocking (1997 TV series)

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Pippi Longstocking
Based onPippi Longstocking
by Astrid Lindgren
Directed byPaul Riley
Voices ofMelissa Altro
Richard Binsley
Noah Reid
Olivia Garratt
Len Carlson
Wayne Robson
Rick Jones
Philip Williams
Ben Campbell
Chris Wiggins
Jill Frappier
Karen Bernstein
Ray Landry
Opening theme"What Shall I Do Today?" performed by Marieve Herington[1]
Ending theme"What Shall I Do Today?" (instrumental)
ComposersGreat Big Music:
Tom Thorney
Tim Thorney
Brent Barkman
Carl Lenox
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Sweden
Original languagesEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Executive producersMichael Hirsh
Patrick Loubert
Clive A. Smith
Michael Schaack
Lennart Wiklund
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkTeletoon (Canada)
ZDF (Germany)
SVT1 (Sweden)
ReleaseOctober 17, 1997 (1997-10-17)[2] –
September 26, 1998 (1998-09-26)
Pippi Longstocking (1997 film)

Pippi Longstocking is an animated television series produced by AB Svensk Filmindustri, TaurusFilm, TFC Trickompany Filmproduktion, and Nelvana based on the book series drawn and written by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.[3] It is a joint Canadian-German-Swedish production. This was the first time that the popular character had been animated.[4] A spin-off of the 1997 animated film of the same name, the series disregards the film and starts with a new storyline. Melissa Altro, Richard Binsley, Noah Reid, Olivia Garratt, Wayne Robson, Rick Jones, Philip Williams, Chris Wiggins and Karen Bernstein are the only voice cast reprising their roles from the 1997 film. It was led by German director Michael Schaack. The story editor and chief writer for the series was Ken Sobol whose son, John, also wrote several episodes.



The show aired on Teletoon in Canada starting October 17, 1997, the day the channel launched.[2] It was also shown on HBO and HBO Family in the United States, Nickelodeon Latin America and Brazil, Nickelodeon, Channel 4, Pop and Pop Girl in the United Kingdom, Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Australia, Boing in Italy, Cartoon Network in Asia, Arutz HaYeladim in Israel, Cartoon Network and TV Tokyo in Japan, and ZDF and Disney Channel in Germany. It later ran on YTV in Canada, Qubo in the United States, TF1 and France 5 in France, Boomerang in Australia and Disney Junior and KiKa in Germany.


The series aired for two seasons, with 26 half-hour episodes being made in total.[5]

Season 1 (1997-1998)

No. in
TitleWritten byStoryboard byOriginal U.S. air date[6]
11"Pippi Returns to Villa Villekulla"Ken SobolBob SmithOctober 17, 1997
Pippi Longstocking arrives in a small Swedish town to take up residence in Villa Villekulla with her companions, Horse and Mr. Nilsson (a monkey). Pippi encounters snooty Mrs. Prysselius; befriends Tommy and Annika, siblings that live next door to her house; and teaches Bengt the bully a lesson. When the police arrive to take Pippi to the children's home, she plays with them a little bit and in the end, the policemen decide that Pippi would be best off where she is, but Mrs. Prysselius states that things will never quite be the same again with Pippi around.
22"Pippi Entertains Two Burglars"Ken SobolDan NosellaOctober 24, 1997

Thunder Karlsson and Bloom's sentence in prison is up, and they hear about Pippi's gold coins which they are determined to take for themselves. However, Pippi proves to be too much for them to handle.

Note: Tommy and Annika do not appear in this episode.
33"Pippi Doesn't Sell Her House"Ken SobolLyndon Ruddy & Steve RemenOctober 31, 1997
An arrogant man wants to purchase Villa Villekulla, but he does not realize it's already owned by Pippi. Meanwhile, Thunder-Karlsson and Bloom disguise themselves as real estate agents and cheats the man out of his money for Pippi's house. Pippi has some fun misleading the rude man. In the end, the man gets fined and Thunder-Karlsson and Bloom get arrested. The arrogant man leaves the village and never returns.
44"Pippi Goes Up in a Balloon"Ken SobolJohn MartinNovember 7, 1997
Tommy and Annika's mother, Ingrid, makes her children feel unappreciated, so they run away with Pippi in a hot air balloon that she found in her attic. They fly to the next town and inadvertently manage to assist in the capture of two crooks.
55"Pippi Goes to the South Seas"Ken SobolAntonio ZureraNovember 14, 1997
Pippi is reunited with Captain Longstocking and they sail with Tommy and Annika. Little do they know Thunder Karlsson and Bloom are hiding among them.
66"Pippi Meets Some Pearl Poachers"Ken SobolAntonio ZureraNovember 21, 1997
When the Hoppetossa docks on Kurrekurredutt Island, Pippi, Tommy and Annika are left in charge of the island's pearls. When a pair of pearl poachers arrive on the island, the kids must use their wits and strength to outsmart the poachers. The kids travel the island, foraging over the waterways and jungle to protect the pearls and their own safety.
77"Pippi Goes Home"Ken SobolAntonio ZureraNovember 28, 1997
Following their stay on the Kurrekurredutt Island, it is time for Pippi, Tommy and Annika to go home. Along the way, they rescue Thunder Karlson and Bloom from a deserted island. En route, they encounter many difficulties at sea, including a windless channel and a tidal wave, until finally, they are washed up on an unknown land. After settling this new continent, they discover that perhaps it's not so new after all.
88"Pippi Enters the Big Race"Ken SobolDan Nosella & John FlaggDecember 5, 1997
It is winter in the village and all the town is involved in winter sports. Each year, there is a ski race between neighboring villages. Bengt the Bully challenges Pippi and Pippi's skiing skills are put to the test.
99"Pippi Enters a Horse Show"Robert StuttSimon Ward-HornerDecember 12, 1997
The local horse show attracts the very finest horses, and Pippi decides to enter Horse. Horse initially does not do well, but when Mrs. Prysselius loses control of her carriage, Horse comes to the rescue and saves Mrs. Prysselius. As a result, Horse is awarded first place for his heroism, much to Mrs. Prysselius's frustration.
1010"Pippi Meets a Master Criminal"Robert StuttDave Thomas & Dave PembertonDecember 19, 1997

Thunder Karlsson and Bloom consult a criminal manual in hopes of accomplishing the perfect crime of getting Pippi's gold. The manual offers a lot of creative ways to carry out a crime. However, Pippi's eccentric habits prove to be too unpredictable, even for the manual.

Trivia: Some stations air this as "Pippi's Mystery."[citation needed]

Note: Tommy and Annika do not appear in this episode.
1111"Pippi is Shipwrecked"John SobolAntonio ZureraDecember 26, 1997
Tommy and Annika are intrigued and their curiosity piqued by Pippi's tales of personal encounters with shipwrecks. They consider Pippi very lucky and their own lives quite boring. She tells them not to despair. If it's a shipwreck they want, then they'll just go find one right that very day. Pippi pulls a rowboat out of the sea, proceeds to repair it and they set off to encounter a shipwreck.
1212"Pippi Saves the Old Folks Home"John SobolDan Nosella & Dave PembertonJanuary 2, 1998

When the old folks' home is being torn down and replaced by a newer, colder less human structure, Pippi comes to the rescue of the town's senior citizens. Not only does she prove that you can fight city hall, but she also manages to save the lives of the chairman's children in the process as the new building comes tumbling down, convincing the chairman to reconsider demolishing the old folks' home.

Note: Tommy and Annika do not appear in this episode.
1313"Pippi Goes to the Fair"Ken SobolAntonio ZureraJanuary 9, 1998
Tommy and Annika introduce Pippi to a local custom, the annual town fair. It is all a bit confusing to Pippi and she has her own unique interpretation for everything she encounters, including the fire breather, snake charmer, card reader, bumper cars and Ferris wheel. When Adolf, the strongest man in the world, challenges to take on anyone, he is not aware that Pippi is in the audience and he soon regrets the challenge.

Season 2 (1998)

No. in
TitleWritten byStoryboard byOriginal U.S. air date[6]
141"Pippi's Christmas"Ken SobolSteve RemenAugust 15, 1998
Pippi's first Christmas on land proves to be a special one. Thunder-Karlsson and Bloom have nowhere to go for Christmas and even their attempts to get arrested are bungled. Pippi comes to their aid and helps them to understand the true meaning of Christmas.
152"Pippi Doesn't Want to Grow Up"John SobolAntonio ZureraAugust 21, 1998
Pippi suddenly realizes that she is eventually going to grow up. This is not a prospect she likes and as she thinks about her future, her fears are realized as we flash forward to a bleak future as a grown-up.
163"Pippi Doesn't Go to School"Ken SobolFrank Ramirez & Stephanie GignacAugust 22, 1998
Pippi discovers that she's missing out on certain holidays because she doesn't go to school, so there's nothing to take a holiday from. She joins Annika and Tommy and attends the local school, much to the amusement of the other students and the dismay of the teacher. Before she leaves, Pippi teaches Bengt the bully and his lackeys a lesson.
174"Pippi Goes Up North"Ken SobolRoyce RamosAugust 28, 1998
Pippi and her friends join Captain Longstocking on a journey to a remote Northern Community to deliver supplies. It is a trip full of adventure as they team up with the natives to battle storms, icebergs and "poachers."
185"Pippi Saves the Whales – Again"Ken SobolFlorentino J. GopezAugust 29, 1998
The field trip up North continues and Pippi and her "crew" must outsmart Poachers to save the rare green whales from extinction.
196"Pippi Goes to School – Or Does She?"Ken SobolAntonio ZureraSeptember 4, 1998
Pippi's friends are entering their report on the field trip up north in a competition for one of the special school prizes. Pippi decides this is worth returning to school for and is there to disrupt the special occasion, much to the disturbance of Mrs. Prysselius and the very "proper" guest of honor, Mr. Rosenbloom.
207"Pippi Trains Some Animals and Their Owner"Robert Stutt & Catharina StackelbergSteve Remen & Dan NosellaSeptember 5, 1998
An encounter with a local farmer who treats his horse very badly convinces Pippi that she has to give his animals a vacation at Villa Villekulla. Horse and Mr. Nilsson are not too enthused with the new boarders, but the animal owner learns his lesson.
218"Pippi Meets the White Lady"John SobolDan Nosella & Chad HicksSeptember 11, 1998

A mysterious woman arrives in the village just as a ghost is sighted at the old castle. Pippi teams up with Kling and Klang to solve the mystery of the ghost... or is it the White Lady?

Note: Tommy and Annika do not appear in this episode.
229"Pippi Finds a Mysterious Footprint"John SobolPaul Shibli & Steve RemenSeptember 12, 1998

The whole town is in an uproar at the discovery of a giant footprint in the snow, presumed to be that of a mythological creature. At the prospect of the town's and townsfolk notoriety, several people are caught in the drama and crazy antics of being the first to sight and capture the creature, thereby bringing fame and fortune to themselves. All the while, Mr. Nilsson gets around undetected wearing giant snowshoes on his feet.

Note: Tommy and Annika do not appear in this episode.
2310"Pippi Enters a Flower Show"Ken SobolAntonio ZureraSeptember 18, 1998
Pippi sends a request to her father, Captain Longstocking, on a remote island in the South Pacific, for some unusual flower seeds so she may enter the town's annual flower show. The Captain's letter, explaining that the seeds are for cannibal flowers, is somehow lost as Pippi manages to grow the most exotic species of flowers ever seen. Not equating the loss of many small items to the flower, Pippi enters the show and chaos prevails as the cannibal flowers eat the other plant entries. Mrs. Prysellious silly accusation that the plants ate her flowers is dismissed until she is proven correct. In the end, Pippi wins the flower show and the cannibal flowers are named: Omnivora Pippidensus or "Hungry Pippis."
2411"Pippi Visits Aunt Matilda"Ken SobolDave Pemberton & Alex HawleySeptember 19, 1998

Bloom gets wind that he is being considered as Aunt Matilda's heir to her fortune upon her death. Thunder-Karlsson and Bloom are determined to ingratiate themselves to the crotchety old aunt and Pippi has the task of finding charitable activities for the reformed crooks.

Note: Tommy and Annika do not appear in this episode.
2512"Pippi and the Carpenter"John SobolFlorentino J. GopezSeptember 25, 1998
Pippi befriends an inept, but good-natured carpenter and manages to help him find work in the village. When his poor workmanship puts the town at risk, Pippi must step in to do some hasty renovations.
2613"Pippi Takes a Train Ride"Ken SobolSteve Remen & Dan NosellaSeptember 26, 1998

Kling and Klang have been assigned to escort two criminals (the ones from the balloon ride) on a train to a maximum security prison. Also aboard for the ride are Tommy and Annika under Mrs. Prysselius's supervision and to the delight of Thunder-Karlsson and Bloom, a shipment of money is loaded along with a guard, prompting Thunder-Karlsson and Bloom to get on board as well. Pippi, Horse and Mr. Nilsson decide to join the party and the antics follow as Thunder-Karlsson and Bloom assume the criminals have a plan to get the money and want a part of it.

Note: The two criminals from the fourth episode make a reappearance.


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