Disney makes this beloved musical more magical than ever with an all-new, feature-length production! Featuring an all-star cast and new choreography, this charming tale of an adorable orphan named Annie captures all the fu... more »n of the original, but adds an unmistakable Disney touch! For a young girl living a "hard-knock" life in a children's orphanage, things may seem pretty bad -- especially at Christmas. But feisty Annie carries a song in her heart and hope in her locket -- the only thing she has from her parents. One day, fed up with the dastardly Miss Hannigan (Academy Award(R)-winner Kathy Bates), Annie escapes the rundown orphanage determined to find her mom and dad. Her adventure takes her from the cold, mean streets of New York to the warm, comforting arms of bighearted billionaire Oliver Warbucks, with plenty of mischief and music in between! Filled with memorable songs and magical moments, Disney's ANNIE brings this heartwarming story to a whole new generation. And now you can relive the magic over and over again!« less
Patrice F. from LIVONIA, MI Reviewed on 1/16/2009...
I absolutely love this version of ANnie. Its a family classic. I love Kathy Bates in it and the Annie is more real and cute vs. the old version. We know the songs by heart.
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It's a "Hard Knock Life" for Musicals
Matt Howe | Washington, DC | 06/19/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This review will not win me "positive" votes, but I must speak my mind.This current trend of filming musicals for television is wonderful for the genre. My complaint, seen here in ANNIE, is the "Readers Digest" versions they're tending to churn out.I was very excited to see this new version of ANNIE (the John Huston film from the 80's was unmemorable and hilariously sent-up in John Waters' film SERIAL MOM). After viewing it, I realized the producers and director made several mistakes.First, Mrs. Hannigan is the VILLAIN. In order for any basic story to work, there is a good guy and a villain. Annie is the good guy, Mrs. Hannigan is the villain. Kathy Bates plays her as a sympathetic lady just trying to run an orphanage! At least Carol Burnett mined some of that evilness in the Huston film. In this version, any badness has been "Disney-fied" out of the character.Also, Daddy Warbucks is too nice. Why do we even care if Annie ends up with him? His character doesn't seem to need changing at all. His secretary seems to think he works a tad too much, but otherwise he's been "Disney-fied" as well.And dare I suggest that the romance between Warbucks and the secretary (played by the incredible Audra McDonald) has been toned down because of race issues? Or would a romance have been too much of a character change for the screenwriter as well?I'm just so disappointed with this production. A highlight is the NYC production number. Andrea McArdle shines in her cameo ("Just got here this morning...") It's a fine, workman production. But somehow, the heart seems to be gone. Does anyone really understand the significance of the song "Tomorrow"? It seems like it's just cued up like the show-stopper we all know it to be. They film it with a big sweeping camera move and end it on a special effects shot of New York city. So what, I say! Keep a close up on the little girl playing Annie and let us see what the song means to the character.I hope I don't sound too severe, but I think they really did this show wrong. I don't believe the reviews that say ANNIE is a good production. I think it's mediocre at best -- it could have been so much better."
A beautiful new telling of the musical legend!
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 11/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Many people pass off ANNIE as a children's musical, when in actuality it has one of the most sophisticated scores and the book is of a higher standard than of many other shows. It still holds a record of something like the 8th or 9th longest running show on Broadway, and it is a delight among theatre-goers.This new Disney version stays faithful to the stage score and script, not like John Huston's rambling version back in 1981 (refer to my review for this), and it is a delight to watch. It has that 'theatrical-style' feel to it.The esteemed cast, the bulk of which are seasoned Broadway performers, include Kathy Bates as Miss Hannigan, Alan Cumming as Rooster, Audra McDonald as Grace Farrell, Kristin Chenoweth as Lily St Regis, Victor Garber as Daddy Warbucks and the lovely Alicia Morton as Annie. Making a cameo in the 'NYC' number as ''Star To Be'' is (oh happy day) the original Broadway Annie - Andrea McArdle.The cast is sensational, and while I will not bring down the 1981 performers of Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters and Ann Reinking, they are far more believable in their interpretations.You must buy this new version of the Broadway smash ANNIE!"
Great family movie.
Tiffany | Panama City, FL | 12/14/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was a little cynical when I first saw this movie as I'd seen the show done on stage and had been really disappointed with the last Annie produced in the 80's, but I was pleasantly surprised. I watched this with my four-year old daughter and she loved it. The acting was great. Kathy Bates, as usual, was wonderful. The little girl did a wonderful job as Annie and all the musical numbers were fun. This 1999 version lacked some of the stunts that made the previous movie unbelievable. It was sincere and stuck to the original play very well. My daughter loved it and after one viewing was mopping my kitchen floor singing "Hard Knock Life.""
Some good qualities, but something is missing...
Lisa Lavins | 12/21/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"When it was announced that Disney was making a film version of Annie, they stated that one of the important things they wanted to do was reinstate the songs that were cut out of the 1982 film. It seems, however, that they went and cut most of those songs, and more, from this verson. They did reinstate NYC, a song that never should have been removed, and that number is one of the best in the film, as well as "Something Was Missing". But even with those two songs intact, a lot more is missing from this verson of Annie. Everything American is removed from the show - all the aspects of the musical "Annie" that made it much more than the story of a little girl, but rather a story of the symbol of hope for the entire nation, is gone. No New Deal for Christmas here. Annie herself, while played by a very capable and talented little actress, lacks all the qualities that make Harold Gray's timeless character so loveable and admirable. She's just a regular little girl with nothing really redeemable that sets her apart. She's definitely not much of Harold Gray's (Annie's creator) symbol of hope, courage, honesty the American way. Here instead, we see Annie stealing (! ) from a street vendor in a most uncharacteristic move. (Thanks, Disney - great role model for children!) All in all, the film has merit and the music is good, what's left of it, but really, it's more of a kiddie tv program than a complete version of the show."