November 14, 2007

The Lolita Pippi: A Bridge Too Far

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.


Saints and Spinners said...

Blogger ate my comment. Obviously, I wrote about how wrong this was, but now I don't have my clever retort anymore.

Sara said...

On the bright side, the Swedish Embassy is celebrating Astrid Lindgren's birthday today with readings by Katherine Paterson and others. (See the Embassy of Sweden homepage for more.) And the Washington Post had a big article on a children's climbing wall at the Embassy, with a figure of Pippi scrambling up it. THAT'S the Pippi I know.

tanita✿davis said...

Well, see, Sara, this is why we keep you around. I'm reading gloomy German newspapers, and you're reading cheery Swedish ones. Brava!

Suzanne said...

Oh, that is just wrong. Ugh.