Daydream non-realism does kind of blur into adventure fantasy in Pippi Longstocking, IIRC, via the pirates and so on, and this is core to the work's appeal.
I mean, obviously Pippi is not the chosen one, and no one is coming up with a magical explanation for why she has the strength of twenty girl-children. But she's a red-haired female Peter Pan who's intruded into the real world and is gleefully wreaking havoc, and adding obligatory orphan angst doesn't add to that story, it undermines it.
I'm glad that Lillian's big takeaways were the core points of the story rather than the extraneous adult-comforting junk that got tacked onto it.
How infuriating!! Did Lillian already know the story in the book?
No, it was all new to her. But she still came away with, "My favorite parts were when Pippi threw the wrestler in the air because he was the strongest man but she was the strongest girl. And also her daddy came home and he was a pirate." Which were indeed the best parts of the play.
Oh dear. That is... not even wrong.
Oh NO! I would have been super angry if they had sprung that on my child at a vulnerable age. Loss of parents is a terrible, insomnia-inducing fear in children. No need to dwell on it. Ugh. Did Lillian deal with it well?
She is a tough little cookie, and Pippi's papa did come back in the end. And she had Bear and Uncle Mark and me. But the bit where she turned and asked why we didn't go home now was kind of...indicative. And I was hoping I wasn't lying to her when I told her that there would be a better ending, because I didn't know there would be that kind of ending to the first act in the first place!
I'm glad she had Bear. And you and Mark of course.
"And I find it pretty sketchy that their mode of introducing the woe and the psychological realism just happened to be removing a lot of the anti-authoritarian content of the work along the way."
Oh, ick, on both counts. "Just happened," yeah, right.
Is there a word for something that is more wrong than 'wrong'? Because that would apply here. Pippi Longstocking is not here to uphold your stuffy social norms! She is here to be Pippi Longstocking!!!!!! (eleventy)
Yah, except that those books were a love song to Swedish literature and Lisbeth would have kicked their asses for messing with Pippi, and Kalle would have helped.
Among other things, this seems unfair to parents (and godparents and other adults involved), who might reasonably base the decision of whether to take a child to this play on how scary (and in what directions) the book was. If the playwright had started from scratch, parents might have asked which kids the show was suitable for, rather than thinking they knew.
On a separate matter: what does the well-dressed bear wear to the theatre? I think Panda might be interested.
[trying again: I had written a comment and then the Amtrak wifi faded, and the content was lost]
This particular bear is distinctly femme and wore a dress with a black velvet bodice and a fuchsia and black poofy taffeta skirt.
*Not to be confused with matociquala.
Darn. (It made perfect sense though!)
I am imagining matociquala
going, "Gurk!" and other expressive noises when grabbed about the neck at key moments by the small child.
:: grins :: see, it totally works for warding off the scary!
For the child, sure! For the matociquala
, I am less certain. Is a very fierce child.
That made me giggle too. But the first time I missed that asterisk and read the entry as follows:
"....Pippi is a strong, funny, independent kids' fantasy** who carries her horse around on her shoulders...."
Ooh! A footnote.... la la scrolldown la la ...Not to be confused with Matociquala? Okay! Of course! Matociquala is strong funny, and independent. That's wonderful!
(We could imagine her carrying Giant Ridiculous Dogs on her shoulders, if not horses.)
I know she's carried a few horses around (figuratively speaking) and she could definitely tuck a GRD under each arm :)
(Everything is better when confused with Matociquala)
Those ignoramuses. How dare they.
And hey, "It is okay for anybody to have trickster characters who make bureaucrats look foolish" is a Great Moral Lesson, and a much more important one than the usual, if only because it is not that often heard.
I snarl in their general direction. I am glad Lilian was foresightful and brought her Bear.
This is yet another conversation I seem to have on a daily basis . . . only it tends to come up as wanting to transform all books into "life lessons."
I hate that term, hate it hate it hate it.
I've even banned its use from time to time.
Fun is a life lesson. Fun is one of the best life lessons.
Thank you for telling me this - I was thinking about taking my nieces and I won't be now. That anti-authoritarian streak is one of the delights of Pippi Longstocking. Foo on them for messing with it.
In the school scene, Pippi ends up telling the kids that it's good to go to school and learn stuff, but it's also good to play.
In the scene at Tommy and Annika's mother's coffee party, Annika comforts Pippi that she will know how to behave better next time. This is never contradicted.
I am not kidding.
Did they add a part where Pippi starts taking Ritalin and becomes more docile than Annika?
Hee! (Thereby both undermining the original and offending people who actually have ADHD issues...)
Edited at 2012-05-10 03:41 am (UTC)
I am simply dumbfounded by this. Bleh.