Concept art from the Pippi Longstocking movie Hayao Miyazaki never made

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In 1971, animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata began preproduction on an adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking books, but in the end, were unable to secure Lindgren's permission. But we can still see Miyazaki's watercolor concept art of the strongest girl in the world.

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The Miyazaki and Studio GHIBLI LiveJournal has more concept images from the never-made film Pippi Longstocking, The Strongest Girl in the World. The illustrations are a rather marvelous combination of Lindgren's character and Miyazaki's style, but after Lindgren met with Miyazaki and Takahata, she declined to give them permission for the adaptation. Of course, we're not seeing the entire pitch here, so we don't get a full sense of what the animators planned to do with Lindgren's work.

But Pippi's influence would be felt in later Miyazaki and Takahata ventures, notably in Panda! Go, Panda!'s Mimiko, with her pair of red braids.

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Pippi Longstocking [Miyazaki and Studio GHIBLI via MetaFilter]

Illustration for article titled Concept art from the Pippi Longstocking movie Hayao Miyazaki never made
Illustration for article titled Concept art from the Pippi Longstocking movie Hayao Miyazaki never made
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Actually, I can totally understand why Lindgren said no. Pippi is HUGE here in Scandinavia, there is not one year goes by without Pippi on our screens. But that is a Pippi that is very close to Lindgren's original vision of her. And while I think it could have been interesting to see what the Japanese could have done with her, I'm also kinda glad they didn't get their chance. For most Scandinavians, this is, and will forever be, Pippi: