The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

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Synopsis

Pippi Longstocking lives on her own and does whatever she wants, whenever she wants--and plans to keep it that way!

Directed by: Ken Annakin
Release year: 1988
Runtime: 100 Minutes

Production Notes

"The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking" is the first American theatrical motion picture adaptation of the internationally popular "Pippi Longstocking" books by Swedish novelist Astrid Lindgren. The Pippi books have been translated into 25 languages and have sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S. alone.

This is a film that shares with the audience the special adventures of a wondrous little girl, Pippi Longstocking, who embodies every child's dream of doing exactly as he or she pleases. A pig-tailed, freckle-faced redhead who lives by herself, Pippi is an extraordinary self-reliant girl who is gifted with a quick mind, an impish sense of humor, phenomenal strength (if you happen to consider being able to lift a horse phenomenal) -- and magical powers.

In the story, Pippi's mother apparently died when she was very young, but Pippi maintains contact with her through a hole in the clouds. Pippi always hopes that her father, a sea captain who was washed overboard in a storm by a tidal wave, will someday return to find her.

Pippi is much more interested in sailing through the skies in a homemade flying machine than in fitting in at school. She would rather find a way to float a barrel down raging rapids than learn good manners. She's much more interested in outwitting villains who are twice her size than in keeping her house neat and spotless.

The rules she lives by and the choices she makes are her own -- as are the friends she chooses, where she spends her time and the direction her adventures take her. Her positive attitude backs up her constant conviction: "I'll always come out on top, no matter what!"

After surviving a shipwreck and a perilous journey in the South Seas, Pippi moves herself and her pet horse, Alphonso, and monkey, Mr.. Neilson, into Villa Villekulla, a 100-year-old house at the end of a road on the outskirts of a small coastal town. It has been empty for as long as anyone can remember, and there Pippi begins a new life without any adult supervision.

Outrageously dressed, with a personality to match, Pippi Longstocking is unlike any other youngster anyone has ever known.

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Gary Mehlman, a former production executive with Brut Productions and a studio producer with Columbia and Universal, first wrote to Astrid Lindgren, the celebrated Swedish author, in 1983 to express his interest in acquiring the motion picture rights to her internationally known "Pippi Longstocking" stories. Though he received a pleasant letter in reply, Mehiman discovered that Lindgren, who regards her young fictionalized character as though she were her own daughter, flatly refused to let Pippi travel to Hollywood.

Lindgren, who recently celebrated her 80th birthday and has seven grandchildren, seemed at first to hold out no hope for the project. She had begun her career in the world of literature as the editor of children's books for a small publisher in Stockholm and, with the introduction of the "Pippi Longstocking" books, soon became a literary legend. In fact, the Pippi series has established itself as one of the 12 most translated works in the world. There had been Pippi stories filmed in Sweden and produced in the Swedish language -- and even though her imaginary character of Pippi has been shipwrecked on nearly every island in the entire world, when it came to considering American cinema, Lindgren's initial instinct was a protective impulse to keep her Pippi at home.

Mehlman's determination and persistence eventually paid off, however. Almost two years later, he was finally able to announce that his new independent film company, Longstocking Productions, had won out over other serious competitors, including several major studios, and had at last succeeded in securing all rights and would film "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking" in 1986.

To be certain of maintaining the integrity of the project, Mehlman insisted on producing the film independently. This was accomplished through the efforts of Mehiman's.partner, Walter Moshay, who produced the picture with Mehlman. Moshay is a long-time consultant to the investment group that financed the film as the first in a series of family-oriented motion pictures.

The film is directed by Ken Annakin, the distinguished filmmaker who has previously entertained audiences with such memorable motion pictures as "Swiss Family Robinson," "The Longest Day," "Battle of the Bulge" and "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines."

Annakin, the British-born director who was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenwriting of "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines," has also written the screenplay for "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking."

As they set pre-production of the film in motion, producers Mehlman and Moshay and writer/director Annakin, along with casting director Garrison True and executive vice president of marketing Gary Shapiro, launched a major international talent search to find an exciting young actress to portray the new Pippi.

Tami Erin, a 13-year-old from Shark River Island, New Jersey, won out over 8,000 others in worldwide auditions and photo submissions to star in the title role of the film, as announced at press ceremonies in Hollywood by the film's executive producer, Mishaal Kamal Adham, and producers Gary Mehlman and Walter Moshay.

Tami first came to the attention of casting director Garrison True by sending a color photo requesting an interview. True, who also discovered Aileen Quinn (who starred in the movie, "Annie ), fulfilled Tamils request. He arranged an initial meeting while auditioning children throughout the state of Florida, where Tami was then living with her family. After repeated auditions, tapings, callbacks, further screen tests, meetings with writer/director Ken Annakin and a final screen test in Hollywood, the moppet was signed to a multiple-picture, long-term contract by the independent production company making the film, Longstocking Productions.

Annakin and True concede they saw many other talented youngsters in open auditions conducted in Chicago, Toronto, New York, London, Los Angeles and Florida. A runner-up for the role of Pippi was signed to perform as one of Pippi's friends. She is Fay Masterson, age 13, from London, who plays the role of the Head Girl at the County Home.

Principal photography began May 18, 1987, on location in Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, Florida. Annakin was delighted working with Tami as Pippi, and he worked to help her portray a delightfully outrageous, daringly assertive little girl who quickly topples pompous adults off their pedestals with her piercing logic. The secret of his interpretation, Annakin believed, was to allow Pippi to live her life as a fiery, free-spirited juvenile who would astonish the town with the kinds of wild adventures most kids are desperate to try (and usually never attempt) -- and which most grownups have forgotten they ever wanted to.

By bringing to movie theaters this unique and fun­filled adventure, the filmmakers hope to inspire a whole new generation of Pippi Longstocking fans, while also warming the hearts and memories of all those for whom Pippi is an old friend. In addition to-presenting a believable character who projects ideals that the youth of today can admire, the filmmakers intend for the movie to appeal to a broad general audience.

Additionally, Tami Erin as Pippi Longstocking will serve as a spokesperson for the U.S. Committee for UNICEF for the rights of children everywhere.

 

ABOUT THE CAST

TAMI ERIN, who plays Pippi Longstocking, is a green­eyed, freckle-faced, redheaded 8th-grader from Shark River Island, New Jersey. Through schools, churches and park­ district programs in Florida and Illinois, where she spent her early childhood, Tami took acting, dancing and singing lessons and has performed in eight school plays since the age of 6. She's done newspaper, catalogue and magazine print work since she was 7.

Tami is an irrepressible, fun-loving bundle of energy with a leadership quality that melts and charms both kids and adults alike. With her three brothers and friends, Tami plays football, baseball, basketball and tetherball. Adept at gymnastics, she can easily execute cartwheels, tumbles, handsprings, headstands, rolls, somersaults, round-offs, front runs and flips. She is also a strong sprinter and is proficient on skateboard and on rollerskates as well.

Annakin and True say further about Tami: "She is exactly who we were looking for to take the part of Pippi. We knew it from the first submission of her photograph, and our assurances grew with each successive meeting, audition and test. There's no question that we've discovered a major new personality, certain to win over the hearts of moviegoers throughout the world. Tami has a natural talent that will serve her well throughout her life."

EILEEN BRENNAN, who portrays Miss Bannister, is one of the entertainment industry's most noted comediennes and dramatic actresses. She has won Emmys, the Golden Globe, number of Broadway's most respected honors, and she earned an Oscar nomination for "Private Benjamin.."

An actress for all media, Brennan enjoyed great critical acclaim for her ABC/Warner Bros. series with Ed Asner, "Off the Rack," one of the most lauded entries of the 1984 season. She also starred in the 4-hour 1986 Christmas movie for NBC, "Babes in Toyland," with Drew Barrymore and Richard Mulligan. Additionally, she co-starred recently in the NBC movie, "Blood Vows: Story of a Mafia Wife," with Melissa Gilbert.

Brennan brings a great eccentricity to every character she portrays. She has monumental concern and great passion for all of her productions and gets to know her characters intimately. "Eccentricities are what make a part unique, and every human being, if you know them well enough, is eccentric," she says.

Brennan is now in the process of adding the credit of producer to her distinguished resume of acting roles. For the first time, she will produce a project for a planned series currently in development with the Nederlanders, "Off Duty." A pilot has been filmed in which she stars. Most recently, she co-starred in "Sticky Fingers," directed by her longtime friend, Catlin Adams.

DICK VAN PATTEN, who portrays the Glue Man, just celebrated his 40th year as an actor. He made his acting debut at age 7 at the Shubert Theater, playing the son of Melvin Douglas in the play, "Tapestry and Grey." Since then he has appeared in 27 Broadway plays, working with some of the greatest directors in American theater, including Max Reinhardt, Josh Logan, Guthrie McClintock, George Kaufman, Moss Hart, George Abbott, Alfred Lunt, Elia Kazan and Martin Ritt.

Van Patten's career includes over 600 radio shows, 16 feature motion pictures and six TV series, though he is probably most widely associated with his popular role as Tom Bradford on "Eight Is Enough."

Features he has appeared in include "Spaceballs," "High Anxiety," "Psychomania," "Charly," "Zachariah," "Westworld" and "Soylent Green." He co-starred in six features for Walt Disney Productions: "Super Dad," "Snowball Express," "The Strongest Man in the World," "Gus," "Treasure of Matecumbe" and "The Shaggy D.A."

He has guest-starred on numerous TV shows, including "Bob Newhart," "The Tony Randall Show," "The Six Million Dollar Man," "Wonder Woman," "Barnaby Jones" and "The Streets of San Francisco."

DENNIS DUGAN, who portrays Mr. Settigren, has appeared in a variety of theatrical films, including "She's Having a Baby," "The Howling," "Water," "Norman ... Is That You?," "Can't Buy Me Love" and •"U.F.O." His TV movies include "Death Race," "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "Country Gold." He has also had many other TV roles that have helped make him a familiar figure to the public, such as appearances as Captain Freedom in "Hill Street Blues," "Empire," "Shadow Chasers," "Ritchie Brockleman, Private Eye" and "Moonlighting." Dugan can also be seen starring in a new NBC TV show, "Channel 99," opposite Marilu Henner.

Dugan comes from Illinois and now lives in Los Angeles.

CORY CROW, who plays Annika Settigren, is another new discovery from Longstocking Productions. Cory was born in Rockford, Illinois, on July 29, 1977, and she celebrated her 10th birthday on the set of "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," when the crew and her fellow cast members threw her a party.

This is Cory's second film appearance, after her debut in "Personal File," starring Alan Arkin and David Morse, which was shot in her home town of Rockford. Cory attends a theater group and receives coaching from her father, who runs a drama school.

Cory recently had a co-starring role in "The Christmas Stories" for Chicago Public Broadcasting.

Cory's ambition is to become a full-time actress, but she says that she will become a veterinarian if she doesn't make it in films. Her love of animals was evidenced on location, where Cory spent any spare time caring for the monkey, horses, puppies and other animals that appeared in "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking."

JOHN SCHUCK, who portrays Captain Efraim, is well known from such TV shows as "MacMillan and Wife," "Turn About" and "Holmes and Yo Yo." He is heavily disguised in his role as Captain Efraim.

Schuck has an extensive background in theater. He has played Daddy Warbucks in "Annie" on Broadway for one and half years. In London he recently appeared in "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial."

He has performed in his own one-man show in New York and has acted in over 75 regional theaters in roles varying from Shakespeare and O'Neill to Neil Simon. His movie appearances in "M*A*S*H," "Just You and Me, Kid," "Blade," "Star Trek IV," "Outrageous Fortune," "Brewster McCloud," "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" and numerous other major movies make John Schuck one of America's most established character actors. This fall he can be seen as the new Herman Munster in the syndicated TV show, "The Munsters Today."

GEORGE DI CENZO, who plays Mr. Blackhart, has had many serious movie roles, in films such as "The Choirboys," "About Last Night...," "The Long Shot" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." He is also known for playing a lead role in the movie-of-the-week, "Helter Skelter." In the last three years, he has gotten away from playing heavies and has begun playing in comedies, such as "18 Again," as well as Tri-Star's new musical, "Sing."

Di Cenzo was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and majored in drama at Yale University. He worked in New York theater for a few years and then moved to California, where he lived for 17 years before buying a farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he now resides, working largely in TV movies and series, including "Dynasty" and "Aspen."

DIANNE HULL, who portrays Mrs. Settingren, has a long history of stage performances, which began in Wisconsin at the Idea Theater and in summer stock and continued with roles at the Actors Studio. She has played Anne in "The Diary of Anne Frank" and the role of Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker."

In films, she has co-starred in "The Onion Field," "Aloha, Bobby and Rose," "Man on a Swing," "The Arrangement" and "The Fifth Floor." Her TV appearances include co­starring roles in "Amazing stories," "Haywire," "The Day Before Sunday," "Honeymoon Suite," "High Mountain Rangers," "Highway to Heaven" and numerous guest appearances.

DAVID SEAMAN. JR., who plays Pippi's friend, Tommy Settigren, is a 14-year-old who has been in show business for half his life. He sang in front of live audiences when he was 6, and by the time he was 7, he landed a role in the Harold Prince production of "A Doll's Life," which ran both in Los Angeles and on Broadway.

Many stage opportunities followed, including a tour with the national company of "The King and I," where he performed with Yul Brynner.

His first motion picture, at the age of 11, was Michael Mann's "Manhunter," in which he portrayed Kevin Graham, a major role.

When not on location, this blond, blue-eyed southpaw athlete pursues every sport from ice hockey and baseball to tennis and golf.

David created the character of Charlie Moon on "Spenser: For Hire," which stars Robert Urich, and recently filmed an episode of "Highway to Heaven" starring Michael Landon.

FAY MASTERSON, who plays the role of the nasty Head Girl of the orphanage, was cast in the film as the direct result of the worldwide search for performers to play Pippi. After a screen test by Ken Annakin, she snared not the part of the lead, but a challenging role nevertheless. She .relished the part, especially since she was at the receiving end of the big ice-cream fight scene in the film. She says, "Once you've received a pie or cream in the face, you know you're an actress." Fay has recently completed a co-starring role in a pilot for CBS-TV entitled "Jake's Journey."

Fay is from Rochester, England, and intends to pursue an acting career after she finishes school.

CAROLE KEAN, who plays Miss Messerschmidt, has been seen on many TV shows, including "Dallas," "Divorce Court," "The Young and the Restless," "General Hospital," "V," "Hart to Hart," "Benson," "Paris" and "The Judge."

She also frequently performs in theater in Los Angeles, having performed at the Ahmanson Theater and Mark Taper Forum. She started at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, in plays ranging from Shakespeare ("Romeo and Juliet" and "Comedy of Errors") to "Fiddler on the Roof." Kean has also lent her talents to a total of 25 student films that were shot at the American Film Institute and USC.

JOE GILBRIDE, who plays the Horseman, has been a stuntman and stunt coordinator in a host of features and cable TV and network movies. His feats in various shows include falls of up to 120 feet while on fire, and incredible falls into water. Some of his most extensive
stunt coordination work has been for HBO on "First and Ten" and "Training Camp."

J.D. DICKINSON, who plays Rype, has co-starred in films that include "Four Roses," "And They're Off" and "The Connection.." His television appearances include the lead

role of Harry in "Good Buddies." Dickinson's background includes extensive experience in the theater beginning in Louisville, where he played classic roles such as Iago in "Othello" and Biff in "Death of a Salesman." His Los Angeles theatrical experience includes a starring role in the Beverly Hills Playhouse production of "Lovers and Other Strangers."

CHUB BAILLY, who plays Rancid, makes his film debut in "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking." He is a transplanted New Yorker who has made dozens of TV and radio commercials both on camera and voice-overs and has appeared in many well-known print advertising campaigns. He came to Los Angeles to pursue a career in films and television. Currently, Chub is the voice of several cartoon characters, most notably, the Velveteen Rabbit.

 

ABOUT THE ANIMALS

It began as a hobby for him and 27 movies later, David Meeks completed "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking." He has been the director of Cinema Animal Talent since 1975, when his now-famous exotic lynx hit TV screens selling Mercury cars. Income earned from his acting animals supports his 90-acre zoo, Little Mountain Zoological Park in South Carolina, which houses close to 700 animals from bats
to elephants.

One of Meeks' horses, a registered Leopard Appaloosa and Quarter Horse, starring as Pippi's longtime friend, Alphonso, is Cinchada. In preparation for the film, the horse had extensive training. One maneuver required Alphonso to walk down the stairs when Pippi beckons for him. Pippi s wild adventures also included scenes where the horse had to swim by himself, not to mention having to get along with Mr. Neilson, Pippi's monkey. Cinchada can also be seen in various rodeos and horse shows around the country.

Mr. Neilson is portrayed by Sonny, a 7-year-old Capuchin monkey owned and trained by Aline Bowen. Sonny makes his living as an organ grinder. Aside from tipping his hat, Sonny's hardest tricks were learning how to catch a fish and looking through a telescope. Sonny also had to overcome the fear of working with large animals like Alphonso. His trainer added that as long as the monkey didn't have to come face to face with the horse, they worked fine together.

 

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

KEN ANNAKIN, who directed "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," is a prolific filmmaker who has made nearly 50 motion pictures during his 36-year career. Four of his most memorable projects are still ranked among the highest grossing films of all time and continue to enjoy frequent theatrical showings: "Swiss Family Robinson," "The Longest Day," "Battle of the Bulge" and "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines."

Born in Yorkshire, England, Annakin initially became well known in Great Britain as an actor of pantomime. During World War II, he was a cameraman, photographing training and propaganda films for the R.A.F. His time assisting Carol Reed on a big wartime recruiting picture, "We Serve," provided valuable lessons in directorial technique.

After the war, Annakin began producing documentary films, theatrical shorts and commercials. His first film as a feature director was "Holiday Camp," which became an instant box-office hit and launched Annakin's career.

Annakin then directed a series of major motion pictures in England, before beginning a close collaboration with Walt Disney, directing four of the studio's most popular productions -- "Robin Hood," "The Sword and the Rose," "Third Man on the Mountain" and "Swiss Family Robinson." All were successful at the box office, particularly "Swiss Family Robinson," a family adventure film that was one of the highest grossing films of its time.

Annakin then tackled major releases such as "Biggest Bundle of Them All," "The Long Duel," "Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies," "Across the Bridge," "The Longest Day," "Battle of the Bulge," "Call of the Wild," "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" (for which

Annakin was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay) and "The Fifth Musketeer." In more recent years, Annakin directed television productions, including Harold Robbins' "The Pirate," "Murder at the Mardi Gras," "IFR 7000" and "Hunter's Moon."

Other recent feature film assignments include "Paper Tiger," which he shot in. Malaysia, and "The Pirate Movie," which he filmed in Australia -- two very different projects that again demonstrated the filmmaker's versatility with dramatic, comedic and adventurous story material.

As writer and director of "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," Annakin brings to the screen a famous literary heroine, loved by children and their parents throughout the world.

GARY MEHLMAN, producer of the film, began in the film business in distribution and then tackled producing by raising money to make his own low-budget movie. For two years he worked for Brut Productions, first in New York, and then in Los Angeles. He rose quickly within the organization, winding up as production executive in charge of creative affairs. During that period, Brut became a very prolific and successful company, turning out such motion pictures as "Night Watch" and "A Touch of Class."

When Mehlman was offered a multiple-picture deal with Columbia Pictures, he left Brut to develop and produce film projects for the studio. At Columbia, Mehlman worked with writers such as Alex Jacobs and Dean Reisner and directors such as Ted Kotcheff and Michael Cimino.

In 1978 he left Columbia for a similar deal with Universal Pictures. At Universal, Mehlman became partners with the late Carl Foreman, and the two collaborated on a number of projects.

Mehlman then left Universal to produce two feature motion pictures with Anthony Quinn's production company.

The first, "Circle of Power," was directed by Bobby Roth and starred Yvette Mimieux; the second, "Summer Heat," was directed by Jack Starrett and starred Bruce Davison, Susan George and Tony Franciosa.

Mehlman recently completed production of a film entitled "The Malibu Bikini Shop."

WALTER MOSHAY, who produced the film with Gary Mehlman, is a California-born entrepreneur. For the past 30 years, Moshay has directed his efforts into unique venture capital enterprises in such diverse industries as auto accessories, marine engineering, real estate, research and development and motion pictures.

Beginning as the head of an auto trim company he founded, Moshay has sought out new ideas, concepts and investors, succeeding in bringing dozens of new products into the international marketplace. He is a longtime consultant to M.K.A., the investment group that financed "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," the latest in a number of film projects for which Moshay has successfully secured the financing.

MISHAAL KAMAL ADHAM, executive producer of the film, is an international financier with bases in Los Angeles, Paris, London and Jeddah.

As well as being executive producer for "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," he also deals in international trade.

ROLAND "OZZIE" SMITH, the director of photography, has been the cinematographer of three previous features: "Street Justice," "Uphill All the Way" and "Cheaper to Keep Her."

He has a long list of TV credits, including "Hunter," "The Colbys,"."The Fall Guy," "Wild Side," "Flamingo Road," "A Man Called Sloane," "Barnaby Jones" and "Side by Side."

JACK SENTER, production designer of the film, has also been credited in that capacity on the features "Modern Problems," "Oh, God!," "Go Tell the Spartans," "Greased Lightning," "Obsession" and "Freaky Friday." For TV, he was production designer of "Nutcracker," "Murder in the Mirror," "The Execution," "Masada," "Centennial" and the series, "Four Seasons." He has served two terms on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Senter started his Hollywood career in 1946 at Paramount Pictures as a senior set designer. He worked with Cecil B. DeMille on "The Ten Commandments" and "The Greatest Show on Earth" and was the assistant art director on "The Bridges of Toko-Ri."

In addition to his production designer credits, he also has credits as art director on "Love and Bullets," "The Man Who Loved Women" and "Micki &•Maude."

JACQUELINE SAINT ANNE, costume designer for the film, has a master's degree in costume design from the Ring Theater at the University of Miami and began working in the entertainment industry in 1969. Her credits encompass such projects as the mini-series "Fatal Vision" and the popular TV series "Webster," as well as many other TV shows.

She was born in Panama and has lived all over Europe, but her most exciting times, she says, were when she lived with her family in Paris and was at the heart of the fashion world.

Her feature credits include "Pulse," "Lady in White," "Dutch Treat," "My Strange Uncle," "Circle of Power," "Shock Waves," "Hell Night," "Chained Heat," "Jungle Warriors" and "Save the Last Dance for Me."

KEN ZEMKE, editor of the film, has garnered an Emmy for a two-part "Medical Story" episode and a Golden Globe Award for Best Feature Documentary for "Elvis on Tour." He also received an Emmy nomination for a movie-of-the-week, "Killing Affair."

Features he has edited include "Let the Good Times Roll," "The Pirate Movie," "Came a Hot Friday" and "Shaker Run."

TV features that Zemke edited include "The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd," "$5.20 an Hour Dream," "Vacation in Hell," "The Ordeal of Patty Hearst" and "A Killing Affair."

He has also edited numerous pilots and a host of TV series, including "Barney Miller," "Hogan's Heroes," "Fantasy Island,". "Quest," "Medical Story" and "Fantastic Journey."

MISHA SEGAL and HARRIET SCHOCK are the composer/ songwriting team for "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking." This outstanding team has been responsible for music for a great array of films.

Misha Segal, who has a sole credit for the music for the film, has music credits on features that include "Dreamers," "Steele Justice," "Knights of the City," "The Last Dragon," "Young Lady Chatterley, Part II," "K.G.B. The Secret War," "Ninja III -- The Domination" and "Falling."

In TV, Segal's music credits include "Lena -- My One Hundred Children," an NBC movie-of-the-week produced by Robert Greenwald, and "Andrea's Story -- A Hitchhiking Tragedy," a Martin Tahse film for ABC that received an Emmy in 1984.

The songs for "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking" are by Harriet Schock and Misha Segal. Harriet Schock was voted Best New Female Artist for two years in a row by Cashbox, but she is better known as a songwriter than a singer. That's primarily due to the fact that Helen Reddy had a major hit record and Grammy nomination with Harriet's song, "Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady." The song, originally recorded by Schock herself, was released on her first album entitled, "Hollywood Town." That album was followed by two more LP's, "She's Low Clouds" and "You Don't Know What You re in For," produced by Bill and Gene Page. Schock's songs have been recorded by artists as varied as Smokey Robinson, Letta Mbulu, the Partridge Family, Johnny Mathis, Manfred Mann, Syreeta, Howard Johnson, Vikki Carr, Roberta Flack, Charlene and Mireille Mathieu.

With Misha Segal, Harriet co-wrote and sang the theme song for ABC's "Baby Makes Five" and also wrote the songs for "Lies My Father Told Me."

ROBIN CLARK, associate producer of "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," has produced "Return to Mayberry, "High School USA,"."Diary of a Perfect Murder" and "Matlock."
Clark has been associate producer on many TV films, including "Awakening Land," "The Nunundaga," "A Circle of Children," "Raid on Entebbe" and "Lucan."

Clark also has a great many credits as a unit production manager, on films that range from "The Goonies" to "Raise the Titanic," and TV movies ranging from "Fatal Vision" to "The Deadly Tower."

RICHARD HUGGINS, credited with special effects, is the president of Theatre Magic. In addition to performing special effects work on films such as Disneyland's "Captain EO," Huggins worked on "Agnes of God," "Rutherford County Line" and "Order of the Black Eagle." He did effects work at the Universal Studios Tour on the following exhibits: "King Kong," "Conan the Barbarian," "Jaws" and "The A-Team."

RICHARD PARKER, who also is credited with special effects for "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," has done effects work on films going back to George Pal's epic science fiction works, "Conquest of Space" and "When Worlds Collide," as well as "The Ten Commandments," "The Greatest Show on Earth" and "The Man Who Would Be King." More recently, he has worked on "Missing in Action, Part II," "Tempest" and "The Shining."

STEPHEN M. BERGER, art director of "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," also was the art director on "Wild Cats," "The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training," "Silent Movie," "Rolling Thunder," "Norman ... Is That You?," "The Missouri Breaks," "The Sunshine Boys" and "Master Gunfighter."

His art director credits for TV include "CHiPs," "Hawaii Five-O," "Lottery," "The Berringers," "Swan Song," Spiderman," "Wonder Woman" and "Serpico."

Columbia Pictures presents an Adham/Moshay/Mehlman Production of a Ken Annakin Film, "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," starring Tami Erin, Eileen Brennan, Dennis Dugan, Dianne Hull, George Di Cenzo, John Schuck and Dick Van Patten. Produced by Gary Mehlman and Walter Moshay, written and directed by Ken Annakin, based on the classic books by Astrid Lindgren, the film was executive produced by Mishaal Kamal Adham, with music by Misha Segal and songs by Harriet Schock and Segal.

Cast and Crew

Cast

  • Tami Erin
  • Eileen Brennan
  • Dennis Dugan
  • Dianne Hull

Crew

  • Composer

    Misha Segal

  • Director

    Ken Annakin

  • Producer

    Gary Mehlman

    Walter Moshay

  • Screenplay

    Ken Annakin

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