Annie has gone through many changes over the years, going through multiple remakes of the film, including a white version of Annie and a even an African-American version. The story wasn’t originally a film, however.
The film can go back almost 300 years! At first, the orphaned little red-haired girl started out as a poem written by James Whitcomp Riley. The poem was titled, “Little Orphant Annie.”
The poem soon grew and eventually was adapted to be a newspaper comic strip also named “Little Orphan Annie.” It appeared in newspapers from 1924 to its closing date in 2010. While the cartoon ran in newspapers, it also became a 15-minute radio program in 1930 that ran for 12 years and had gained 6 million followers.
Then finally, two different movie versions of Annie came out. Sadly, both had a very bad reputation and were not well-received from the critics.
After the two films had been badly criticized, a Broadway musical was born. The Broadway musical had been a big hit and so a new film version of Annie was released in 1982. The stars of the film include: Albert Finney ( Mr.Warbucks), Carol Burnett ( Ms. Hannigan), Ann Reinking ( Grace Ferrell), Tim Curry ( Rooster Hannigan), and last but not least Aileen Quinn ( Annie).
The film (and the Broadway musical) follow the story of, you guessed it, Annie. Annie is an orphan who lives with her friends. The “Matron” is very cruel to these girls, however, and so this sparks a stage of rebelliousness in them.
While in the orphanage, the girls have to clean and work until one day a woman comes in stating that one of the richest men in the town is looking for an orphan to stay for a week. Eventually, she chooses Annie and there they go. The rest of the production follows Annie and her friend’s adventures, setting themes about family and love.
Fit with plenty of musical numbers, which a Broadway musical should have, the Broadway Musical had very heartwarming moments and tugs at the heartstrings, along with the actual film of Annie.
The choreograph for the film fits with the themes very well and still gives that feeling of happiness. It also gives the message of wherever you are, don’t give up hope! Because as the song goes, “The sun will come out tomorrow.”
Besides the positive songs, (especially the very popular ones such as “Tomorrow” and “It's the Hard Knock Life,”) this movie gives a very positive message about orphans. Mr. Warbucks, the man who adopts Annie, changes his heart from money, greed, and work, to love and compassion for Annie and simply adores her. The whole staff in the house seems to adore her, too. It would be hard not to with that red curly hair and her freckled smile.
The characters are simply to adore, too, from the orphans in the orphanage to Annie, and Mr. Warbucks. Even if you don’t like a certain character, they all seem to take on a change of heart, including Agatha Hannigan, who may dislike Annie, but eventually doesn’t let her brother touch a single hair on her head. Er well Ms.Hannigan tries. Talk about sibling love.
Well? What are you waiting for? Go out and watch Annie! I would give it a 4/5 stars for the wonderful messages, heartwarming songs, and wonderful characters who prove that you can always have a change of Heart. The film is a very heartwarming tale about one special little orphan by the name of Annie.