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Annie is a 1999 made-for-television musical-comedy film from The Wonderful World of Disney based on the 1977 stage musicalmarker Annie and its 1982 film adaptation, which themselves were based on the 1924 Little Orphan Annie comic strip by Harold Gray. The film was released on DVD on May 30, 2000. This version earned two Emmy Awards and a 1999 George Foster Peabody Award.


11-year-old orphan Annie (Alicia Morton) was left at a girls' orphanage when she was a baby with a locket and a note from her parents saying they'll come back for her. The orphanage is run by the heartless Miss Hannigan (Kathy Bates). Tired of waiting for her parents, Annie tries to escape to find them, but is caught by Miss Hannigan. When billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Victor Garber) decides to take in an orphan for Christmas, his assistant, Grace Farrell (Audra McDonald), chooses Annie. She is brought to his wealthy estate and luxuriates in a grand life.

Although at first uncomfortable with the child, Warbucks is soon charmed by Annie. Warbucks wants to adopt her, but she still wants to find her real parents, so he announces on the radio a $50,000 reward for anybody who can prove they're Annie's parents. Miss Hannigan, her crooked brother Rooster (Alan Cumming), and his dim-witted girlfriend Lily St. Regis (Kristin Chenoweth) scheme to get the reward by posing as Annie's parents. But they are soon found out when President Roosevelt arrives with proof that Annie's parents had, in fact, died several years earlier, which was why they never returned for her. Rooster and Lily are arrested, Hannigan is sent to an asylum having gone insane, Warbucks and Grace become engaged, and Annie gets to live happily ever after with her new parents: Oliver and Grace.





The CD of the 1999 television movie was released on November 2, 1999 by Sony.

Awards and nominations

  • American Choreography Award — Rob Marshall (Won)
  • American Comedy Award — Kathy Bates (Won)
  • Costume Designers Guild Awards — Excellence in Costume Design for Television - Period/Fantasy (Shay Cunliffe) (Won)
  • Emmy Awards
Outstanding Choreography (Rob Marshall) (Won)
Outstanding Music Direction (Paul Bogaev) (Won)
Nominations for:Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Made for Television Movie; Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie; Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Kathy Bates); Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Kristin Chenoweth)
  • Young Star Award Best Young Actress/Performance in a Miniseries/Made-For-TV Film (Alicia Morton) (Won)
  • Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (Kathy Bates) (nominated

Differences between the film and its 1977 and 1982 counterparts

  • Includes a subplot involving Sandy, who goes missing in the original musical.
  • Miss Hannigan poses as Annie's mother instead of Lily St. Regis.
  • The White House "Tomorrow" reprise was replaced by a scene involving Grace Farrell and Annie after she finds out that the long-deceased Bennetts were her real parents and the Mudges were really Miss Hannigan and her brother, Rooster. In the 1982 movie, it is only mentioned by Miss Hannigan (before the "Easy Street" number) that Annie's real parents were killed in a fire; their last name was never mentioned
  • Audra McDonald was the first African American actress to play the role of Grace.
  • Mr. Bundles is chasing Miss Hannigan in this version, while she chased him in the 1982 film.
  • In this version, Miss Hannigan is really taken to a psychiatric hospital at the end of the television movie. This does not occur in the stage play or 1982 film.
  • The 1977 version presents moral complexities that are simplified in the 1999 movie, such as Miss Hannigan being a somewhat sympathetic villain in 1977 and 1982 but instead being an entirely unscrupulous villain in 1999.
  • Annie's hair is straight and auburn rather than curly and red.
  • The character "Punjab" does not appear in this film.
  • The character "The Asp" appears in this version briefly, running a Chinese takeout restaurant.
  • At the climax of the 1982 film, Miss Hannigan tries to save Annie from Rooster but he beats her down in order to catch Annie. She later is shown as a showgirl at Annie's party dating Punjab (originally played by Geoffrey Holder).
  • This version is more comical compared to 1982 version's slightly darker tone.
  • The director, Rob Marshall, said he wanted to make this movie as an allegory for the AIDS crisis.
  • In this version, Warbucks asks Grace to marry him at the end of the movie. In the 1982 film, they only kiss.
  • In this version, The songs "Sign", "We Got Annie", "Let's Go To The Movies" were not sung as they were in the 1982 version.
  • In this version, Instead of taking Annie to the movies (as in the 1982 version), Grace and Warbucks take Annie on a tour of NYC.

Production notes

This was Walt Disney Pictures and Columbia Pictures' first film collaboration. The dancers' costumes and the stage set of the Broadway section of "N.Y.C." are taken directly from the "Broadway Melody" ballet in Singin' in the Rain.


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See Also

Annie jr



Little Orphan Annie

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