Hayao Miyazaki has made many great movies over the years. My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, etc. A Pippi Longstocking movie was almost included in that list. Back in 1971, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata wanted to take Astrid Lindgren‘s Pippi Longstocking books and make an animated movie. Pippi was definitely a character that I loved when I was a kid. She was quirky, stubborn and adventurous, all the things I thought I was too!
Sadly the movie didn’t go forward, but some of the gorgeous concept art has surfaced. A Studio Ghibli livejournal has posted quite a few of the images. Check out the art of this iconic character drawn in Miyazaki’s signature style. So cool!
Pippi Longstocking was definitely a favorite of mine. It would have been great to see her story told by Miyazaki. Guess we’ll just have to settle for the art and hope that maybe someday down the road another animator will get the chance to re-imagine her story.