November 14, 2007
We kvetched earlier this year about Paddington being commercialized and other characters being cheapened by overexposure, but this one takes the cake.
According to Der Spiegel, the Pippi Longstocking character, once the possession of Astrid Lindgren, her creator who published her first adventure in 1945, has been commercialized to the extent that her heirs are in a constant court wrangle. From costumes to CD's to skin creams, the worst of the offenders is an Italian company which is reproducing the doll for this holiday season -- with a womanly figure and see-through panties.
Astrid Lindgren, who died in 2002, would have been 100 today.