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Pippi Longstocking Goes Modern

October 3, 1997

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Pippi Longstocking has changed her hosiery and changed her ways, to the dismay of Swedish critics reviewing the new animated movie about the classic troublemaker.

``Pippi Longstocking,″ based on Astrid Lindgren’s books, is a Swedish-German-Canadian production aimed at spreading the popularity of the character who has delighted generations of mischievous kids.

``Children are the ones who least of all need this new bubblegum-colored cartoon Pippi with its relentlessly smiling and toothless bite,‴ grumbled Eva af Geijerstam in Friday’s edition of the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

``The film is molded in a strikingly internationalized and dramatically conventional form, that is to say, not Pippi-like,″ she wrote.

Her complaints were echoed by Astrid Soderbergh Widding in the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, who also noted with displeasure that Pippi was wearing modern stockings that stay up, instead of old ones with garters that are constantly falling down.

In the United States, the film opened in seven cities in August and is to expand to other cities in mid-October.

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