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Pippi Longstocking is getting a reboot and honestly, this is the best news ever

She's pigtails, she's freckles, she's fun if you're young or old and she's loved the world over. She's Pippi Longstocking!

By Anita Lyons
Pippi Longstocking is coming in to your world ... again!
In the best reboot news ever, Studio Canal and Heyday Films have announced that a film adaptation of Pippi Longstocking is in early development - yup, Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint is back.
The cult 1988 film, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, catapulted the freckle-faced, red-haired girl (you oughta know!) into the spotlight - when Pippi, accompanied by her horse, Alfonso, and monkey, Mr. Nilsson, arrived at the small coastal town of Rocksby.
Taking up residence in her father Ephraim's house (who was lost at sea) called Villa Villekulla, she befriends the neighbours' kids, Tommy and Annika, and takes them on some absolutely WILD adventures - turning even making pancakes into fun!
There were catchy songs about "Scrubbing Day" and that forever stuck-in-your-head theme song, so we cannot wait to see what happens next!
Tami Erin starred as Pippi Longstocking in the 1988 cult film. (Source: Columbia Pictures)
The film companies, the very same companies who brought Paddington Bear back to life with the film Paddington, are working with the Astrid Lindgren Company to develop a film adaptation of Pippi Longstocking, based on the children's series that ran from 1945 to 1948.
The books, written by Astrid Lindgren, have been translated into 77 languages with over 65 million copies sold world-wide, amusing people of all ages for 75 years.
Even Michelle Obama is a HUGE fan of the books, telling TODAY in the US: "I was really fascinated with this strong little girl that was the centre of everything. And she was almost magical in a way. I mean, she was stronger and tougher than anyone. She had superhuman strength."
WATCH NEXT: The very catchy 'Scrubbing Day' from The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking. Story continues...
While the movie was highly popular for a whole generation of kids, the books however have face some criticism over the years.
According to Gizmodo, it is because of "their use of colonial racist stereotypes and other outdated racist language".
The 1960s film was also heavily edited in 2014 by the Swedish national broadcaster, cutting out scenes that were deemed offensive, with the approval of the author's family.
No expected production schedule or release date has been announced for the new film, but if it's anything like the 1988 version - it's going to be a whole lot of fun!