In Sweden, the popular post-WWII newspaper cartoon strip created by
Steve Terry was known as Jim & the Pirates
instead of Terry and the Pirates, its U.S. moniker. In this children's
story based on some of the stories from that strip, a pre-teen boy
receives counseling from his dead father's ghost on how to cope with new
developments in his life from his mother's getting a new boyfriend to the fine art of chopping
onions. The boy learns a pretty good trick from his father's shade which enables him to
use his imagination to turn a boring birthday party into an ocean adventure among pirates.
...All Movie Guide
"This is a very well-made film... clearly one of the
best children's films made in this country... A believable depiction of
childhood with a big heart and an invaluable message."
a whole, it is a rather sweet film that touches on something that
children also need to know, namely death.
I seen it as a child, I would surely have loved it."
"A great children's film.
Hans Alfredson and Stellan Skarsgård make fantastic contributions."
"Alfredson was able to make a distinctive film in
perhaps any genre, and this time he successfully infused a fresh breath
of children's adventure and great imagination into his work. A story
full of strange take-offs, partly about things between heaven and
"This is one of the few children's films where death
is so constantly present. Hans Alfredson takes a comic approach to it:
he plays Kolavippen himself, who lifts the mourning stones out of
people's chests and drives them away on his flatbed moped... It is not entirely impossible that the film's black undertone was Alfredson's own way of processing the grief of his colleague and best
friend Tage Danielsson (1928–1985), who had passed away two years