Annie (VHS, 2004, Special Anniversary Edition)

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Little Orphan Annie, The Movie

Jun 15, 2008 (Updated Jun 15, 2008)
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Pros:Good acting, Great storyline.

Cons:None!

The Bottom Line: I absolutely loved this movie. It had loads of energy and color. It was a movie that touched my heart as a young girl and still today.


“There are an estimated 523,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 119,000 of them are waiting to be adopted. Approximately 120,000 of these children are currently considered "waiting" children -those who are available for adoption.”
- Providence Baptist Church

In the year 1924, Harold Gray created a comic strip for the Daily News and called it Little Orphan Otto. The name of the orphan was changed from "Otto" to "Annie" when the key character of the comic strip wore skirts as opposed to pants. And thus, Little Orphan Annie was born.

In the year 1982, the comic strip was adapted into a made for movie musical directed by John Huston and entitled Annie. It was a wonderful musical with lively scenes and great acting. Every time I watch this movie, I feel this child-like sensation take over me. The storyline, comic and sentimental scenes and score make this movie worth watching over and over again and again.

I especially love the music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. Songs like It's a Hard Knock Life, Tomorrow and I don’t Need Anyone But You made the scenes fun to watch. The songs are easy to remember and to fall in love with. The catchy lyrics make me want to sing along and gives me a point of reference to never forget this movie. My soul danced just as much as the actors that made the screen come alive with lively performances. And the singing of the songs were equally good. This to add to the great acting made this movie one that will always be one I cherish watching.

“There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.” - Elizabeth Lawrence”

There was no other child like Annie. She was a child that was full of energy, built on emotion, sparked life with soulfulness, had witty charm and possessed innocence. She had this unfailing faith in herself and was stronger than most adults. She was a leader and not a follower. She was the friend that a child would want when they needed somebody to have their back. She could calm you when feeling upset and lift your spirits when you needed a smile to make you feel complete.

Annie played by Aileen Quinn is an orphan at the Hannigan Orphan Home located on Hudson Street in New York City. The home is run by Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett) who is a drunk, a thief and an abusive overseer who hates kids. She oversees about 20 young girls to whom she will wake up in the middle of the night, literally, to clean the house from top to bottom. The children try to keep smiling but you could tell that the conditions that they were living under made them somewhat miserable.

“You can cage the singer but not the song.”
- Harry Belafonte

The kids in the Hannigan Orphan Home were like caged birds. It was their sweet smiles and jovial singing that kept them sane. Yet ten-year old Annie was known for running away. With the help of the kids during a late night cleaning session while singing It’s A Hard Knock Life, they helped Annie to run away to pursue something other than the hardships she was dealing with. And on one of her bold excursions, she finds a dog and when apprehended, she brings the dog home with her and names him Sandy.

But change was suddenly coming to reign in her life. A young secretary (Ann Reinking) of a very wealthy munitions industrialist named Oliver Warbucks (Albert Finney) comes to the orphanage looking for an orphan that would have the opportunity to stay at Mr. Warbuck‘s house for just one week. Annie is selected.

Oliver Warbucks seems to be very temperamental. He is all into work and no play. But her personality and sweet attitude quickly wins him over as well as the rest of the staff. Now he is doing things that he never had done before like going to Rockafeller Center and seeing the Rockettes dance the night away live before a romantic picture. Mr. Warbucks finds a heart to want to adopt Annie with a goal to have her call him Daddy Warbucks as opposed to Mr. Warbucks.

But with ever dirty thief and crook comes a way of trying to ruin what a good person tries to do. And that is when you see the actors Bernadette Peters and Tim Curry come into the picture and turn the picture from a sweet family adventure to a story that can make you a little made for the grim circumstances life often has to offer. They turned the desires of a sweet, youthful heart into a situation that is worth watching to see.

“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.”
- Deepak Chopra
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Annie was a child who owned hope that her parents would return for her. When her parents left her at the orphanage, they left her with a piece of a locket and kept the other half. She took her experiences in deep breaths and was a very faithful young girl. She even allowed President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Edward Hermann ) and his wife Eleanor (Lois De Banzie) to feel so comfortable around her that could join in joyful chorus singing the song Tomorrow. I absolutely love this scene, the song and everything that the lyrics say.

Carol Burnett plays a very funny role. You would almost believe her attitude was real. She was always walking around like a lush ready for a drink, drunk or just plain crazy. And even though she showed a side of her that hated kids, she seemed to have some kind of attachment to Annie and at the end showed she really did have a human side to her when she displayed emotions of care for Annie.

I absolutely loved this movie. It had loads of energy and color. It was a movie that really touched my heart from when I first saw it when I was just a young girl and still today. I enjoy the movie and love the way the story developed from beginning to end. If you had not seen it yet, please make your way to see it. I know there was a remake of it made recently, but there is nothing like the original and if you choose to see one, see this one. It is worth every second of it and is a great movie for the entire family.

Resources

1. http://www.liss.olm.net/loahp/loaww2.html

2. www.quotegarden.com

3. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083564/

4. http://www.pray.org/shepherding/adoption.html


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