Pipo awakens a knight in shining armor who has been asleep for 500 years and sets out to help him find his most precious possession, a singing sword.
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Cor Witschge ...
 Pipo de Clown (17 episodes, 1960)
Christel Adelaar ...
 Mammaloe (17 episodes, 1960)
Petra Barnard ...
 Petra (17 episodes, 1960)
Hedda van der Linden ...
 Madame Fifi (16 episodes, 1960)
Frits Butzelaar ...
 Ridder Bambarin (15 episodes, 1960)
Willy Ruys ...
 Dikke Deur (8 episodes, 1960)
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Pipo awakens a knight in shining armor who has been asleep for 500 years and sets out to help him find his most precious possession, a singing sword.

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Pipo goes Midieval
1 December 2010 | by (Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Unless my memory is playing tricks on me, there were really only four types of Playmobil when I was little: regular city folk, Cowboys, Knights and a bit later on, Pirates. All of these were regular fixtures in children's television as well (this was before the Sci Fi craze started up again). So it is no surprise that of the first three Pipo de Clown stories (which were broadcast a decade before my time) the first would featured cowboys, the second pirates and the third a knight in shining armor.

As usual, all 17 episodes that make up 'Pipo en het Zingende Zwaard' have been wiped clean, so all I have got to work with is Wim Meuldijk's own novelization 'Pipo en de Slaapridder'. Unfortunately this is an abridged version of the tale, sometimes only mentioning things in passing which would likely have made up an entire episode. Anyway, at the start of this story, Pipo, Mammaloe and Petra are traveling in an open carriage being pulled by their donkey Nononono (originally a gift from the friendly gypsy Felicio). This is because the bottom had fallen out of the traveling wagon the got from Dikke Deur. They set out to visit two of Pipo's clown cousins in Karkasonië; Snietzel & Plop (not to be mistaken for the Belgian gnome of the same name). Unfortunately Snietzel & Plop are always arguing with each other and even less hospitable to guests.

Therefore Pipo and his family rent a room at Madame Fifi's Hotel de Botel. The next day they come upon a ruined old castle, and deciding it is good for young Petra's education, begin exploring it. They find Bambarin, an honest to goodness knight in shining armor. To their surprise, the tin man awakens after 500 years, having eaten from magic powder planted by his arch nemesis Ratbout. Naturally Barbarin the Great has some trouble adjusting to 1960 (see also Adam Adamant). But it soon turns out his loyal friend Miriardo has safely hidden away Barbarin's most precious possession: the fabulous singing sword. The hiding place is noted on a treasure map drawn on the back of the portrait of the knight's one true love, Lady Isabella. But crafty Miriardo has broken the portrait in four pieces and hidden them in the most important places of Karkasonië.

Naturally Pipo offers to help Barbazin find the four pieces as well as the sword. But Madame Fifi turns out to be the greedy kind, so she and her lazy husband Romrom get involved in the treasure hunt as well. As if finding the scattered pieces of the map wasn't enough of a chore, once they have it complete, they must return to Holland, for that is where the sword was hidden. During their ten day trip from Karkasonië to the Netherlands, Fifi & Romrom team up with Pipo's old enemy Dikke Deur, while Pipo's old pal Hiep lends a hand in his new job as train-station master.

Barbazin only makes it to the Dutch castle Miriardo has acquired for him just before the 500 year lease expires. But thanks to crafty Pipo, the good guys make it in the end, and the bad ones are left empty handed. Some of the elements from this story were resurrected by Wim Meuldijk for the 2003 feature "Pipo en de P-P-Parelridder", only with the inclusion of a sleeping beauty like love interest for the knight and some of the supporting characters from 'Pipo en de Waterlanders': Mik, Snuf & Snuitje.

7 out of 10


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