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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!
I saw this 1999 Disney version on ABC, and just recently purchased the DVD. It is magnificent, and is everything the 1982 version was not, not only for the great songs and dances, but a marvelous cast: Victor Garber as Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, Kathy Bates as the dastardly Miss Hannigan, Alicia Morton as Annie, Alan Cumming as the con artist Rooster (Miss Hannigan's brother), and two current favorites of mine: the adorable Kristin Chenoweth as Rooster's partner-in-crime Lily St. Regis, and the gorgeous Audra McDonald as Grace, Daddy Warbucks' secretary. The original Broadway Annie, Andrea McArdle, makes a cameo appearance in the big production number, "N.Y.C.," giving fans an added treat.
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I felt that the singing and acting was quite good. Alicia Morton was a great Annie, and Audra MacDonald played Grace Farrel, Oliver Warbucks secretary to a tee. Kathy Bates was as good of a Miss Hannigan as Carol Burnette was in the 1982 version of the film. The only person that I thought was miscast was Victor Garber as Daddy Warbucks. In all honesty, Albert Finney played the role so much better, and with more warmth and compassion than Garber. One of the big highlights in the film (for me, anyway) is Andrea McArdle's (the orignal Annie) cameo in the "N.Y.C." number. Most of the key songs from the stage show are there. However, "We'd like to thank you Herbert Hoover", "Annie", and " A New Deal for Christmas" are missing. And I admit, that I missed them in this production. Check out the CD from the original show to hear these tunes. All in all, this version from Disney is quite enjoyable, and I do recommend it.
You know the story, so no real surprises. There wasn't any surprise cursing or unnecessary toilet humor.
Kids should like this one. I honestly don't see why not.
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Okay, seen better. Sandy does a good job, everybody else is just generic.Published 19 days ago by Douglas G. Mathewson
Was always my favorite movie as a kid and now it is my kids' favorite as well. Perfect movie for kids and adults the same. ❤️Published 20 days ago by Jessica Gwinn
This is by far the best version of Annie! The cast is awesome and the songs are catchy!Published 1 month ago by Nessa Pearson
Closest to the original Broadway production. Dream cast. Loved it.Published 2 months ago by Emily Roderer
This is definitely not my favorite Annie. The whole production lacks the energy of the first Annie (first cast including Carol Burnett). But it is cleaner in performance. Read morePublished 3 months ago by commentmama
My grandchildren like this version the best of all of the three movie versions.Published 3 months ago by J. Stapleton
I have the whole collection of Annie movies. They make a great addition to any movie lovers collection. I would have to say that this one is my favorite though.Published 3 months ago by J. Layton
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