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* BalloonBelly: Random parts of King Koo Koo's body inflate when he laughs; when he inflicts the TickleTorture on the good guys, the "last laugh" this gets from him causes him to expand to monstrous proportions. [[spoiler: When Raggedy Andy realizes that the King is just "full of hot air", he tells the PirateParrot to pop him. The resultant explosion sends Marcella's toys, plus the Camel, back to her backyard.]]

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* InflatingBodyGag: Random parts of King Koo Koo's body inflate when he laughs; when he inflicts the TickleTorture on the good guys, the "last laugh" this gets from him causes him to expand to monstrous proportions. [[spoiler: When Raggedy Andy realizes that the King is just "full of hot air", he tells the PirateParrot to pop him. The resultant explosion sends Marcella's toys, plus the Camel, back to her backyard.]]
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[[caption-width-right:300: The Greedy on the far left? He's not as [[DerangedAnimation stable]] and cute as [[CoversAlwaysLie the poster makes him out to be.]]]]

->''"This is really weird."''
-->-- '''Raggedy Andy''' (summing up the movie in general)

''Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure'' is a 1977 animated film by Creator/RichardWilliams (with a few live-action segments) based on the [[Literature/RaggedyAnn doll characters]] created by Johnny Gruelle, best known for being ''[[DerangedAnimation really]]'' [[DerangedAnimation freaking weird]].

The plot is based on the book ''Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees'', by Johnny and Marcella Gruelle. Raggedy Ann and her brother, Andy, are dolls who live together in little Marcella's room with other friendly toys. The day of her birthday, Marcella gets a Jumeau doll, Babette, who is quite vain. A pirate captain in a snowglobe is immediately stunned by her and decides to elope with her to make her his bride. Ann and Andy decide to go rescue her, and on their journey, they meet a depressed blue camel doll (The Camel With The Wrinkled Knees), a lake of sentient taffy that keeps eating itself (The Greedy), an insane knight who plays practical jokes (Loony Knight), and a diminutive king who inflates when he laughs (King Koo Koo) until a final confrontation on the pirate's ship.

Raggedy Ann is voiced by Didi Conn, who would later star as Frenchie in the ''Film/{{Grease}}'' musicals as well as the ''Series/ShiningTimeStation'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' TV series. Joe Raposo (''Series/SesameStreet'') wrote the songs. It was Creator/EricGoldberg's first professional animation gig.

Compare to ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', which was released 18 years later and follows many of the same story beats (toys coming to life when humans not looking; new toy coming in and having to be recovered on their owner's birthday; toy that is sad about being left away from its owner).

A book about the making of the film, ''The Animated Raggedy Ann & Andy'' by John Canemaker, can be read [[http://issuu.com/vinnierattolle/docs/the_animated_raggedy_ann___andy_by_john_canemaker?mode=embed&layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Fcolor%2Flayout.xml&backgroundColor=000000&showFlipBtn=true here as well]]. You can read the [=WordPress=] review of it [[http://madnessmonster.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/raggedy-anne-review/ here]].

!!''Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure'' provides examples of:

* ActionGirl:
** Well, more of a FauxActionGirl in Raggedy Ann's case, as she usually relies on the men around her to protect her -- but Ann ''is'' the one who insists on embarking on the quest to rescue Babette, and she can take care of herself if she absolutely has to.
** An even more surprising example is Babette, who is very much a DamselInDistress in the earlier parts of the story but by the climax [[spoiler: has taken over the pirate ship and is [[WhipItGood wielding a whip]]!]]
* AffablyEvil: The Greedy. He literally wants to eat Ann's heart, but he ''is'' polite to the heroes and bears them no ill will - at least at first.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: For starters, Looney Land has a purple knight and a salmon-pink king.
* AnimatedMusical
* AnimationBump:
** The entire Greedy sequence ([[OffModel sans the ending part]], which was done by a different animator), which was done entirely by [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age veteran]] Emery Hawkins, is very fluidly animated and loaded with so much detail that your jaw will drop just from taking it all in. Keep in mind, stuff like this was an extreme rarity for animation back then!
** The animation of the Camel by Art Babbitt, another animation great, is noticeably more solid and restrained than the rest of the movie.
* AnthropomorphicFood: The Greedy
* AntiVillain: The pirate captain just wants a female companion for himself.
* BalloonBelly: Random parts of King Koo Koo's body inflate when he laughs; when he inflicts the TickleTorture on the good guys, the "last laugh" this gets from him causes him to expand to monstrous proportions. [[spoiler: When Raggedy Andy realizes that the King is just "full of hot air", he tells the PirateParrot to pop him. The resultant explosion sends Marcella's toys, plus the Camel, back to her backyard.]]
* BalloonBurstingBird: Queasy the PirateParrot pops [[spoiler:King Koo Koo, who has blown himself up to gigantic proportions. The explosion is so powerful it sends everyone back home.]]
* BlobMonster: The Greedy.
* BigEater: The Greedy: "I never get enough..."
* BigRedButton: On the speedboat stolen by the twin dolls is a big lever with a hand at the end and the sign "Don't pull me". They do pull it, and it causes the speedboat to [[spoiler: go berzerk and fling its crew all the way to the pirate ship they were headed for]].
* BrotherSisterIncest: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77vD_JIrAlw Raggedy Ann and Andy have a love song.]] It was likely intended to be a song about sibling love. It just doesn't sound like one. At one poing in the song "No Girl's Toy", Ann seems to be staring at Andy's butt.
* CaptainObvious: "You just kicked a knight!"
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Everyone in Looney Land essentially.
* ComedicSociopathy: King Koo Koo almost literally feeds on this.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: The Greedy needs a "sweetheart" to be happy. [[IsItSomethingYouEat He thinks it is something to eat.]] It thus gets worse when he learns that Raggedy Ann literally has a candy heart.
* CoversAlwaysLie The cover depicts the cast as being in a whimsical and fun story, and the Greedy is shown as a dopey clownish figure. Although it is trying for whimsy, the movie ends up being a roller coaster of lucid imagery and frightening implications, with the Greedy coming off as an EldritchAbomination.
* CreepyTwins: The twin dolls, brr...
* CreatorCameo: Composer Joe Raposo has an uncredited appearance as the bus driver.
* UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation: Made during this era. It's worth mentioning, however, that very few projects from this time were this lavishly animated.
* TheDayTheMusicLied: The introductory fanfare in King Koo Koo's throne room.
* DerangedAnimation: A crowning example in animation; while the film starts out with bizarre yet friendly environments, it heads straight to lucid insanity with the constantly shifting Greedy, the insane residents of Looney Land (which by itself qualifies) and the GainaxEnding
* DisneyAcidSequence: When Raggedy Ann and Andy go to King Koo Koo's kingdom. The Greedy sequence. The Camel's hallucinations could apply.
* EldritchAbomination: Some have called the Greedy a perfect example of what one would be like. Being a shapeshifting mass of sentient taffy lacking the ability to stay in a shape for longer than a few seconds, while eating candy that it constantly regurgitates. It is a perfect example of DerangedAnimation. Some might say the Greedy is really just a kid-friendly interpretation of [[http://www.yog-sothoth.com/wiki/index.php/File:Yog-sothoth.jpg Yog-Sothoth]]. He's more like Abhoth from "The Seven Geases" -- a pool of sludge that constantly devours itself. Except Abhoth is made of primordial ooze and devours its own floundering malformed offspring, and the Greedy is made of taffy and devours the candy inexplicably bubbling out of itself.
* EldritchLocation: Parts of Looney Land are pretty eldritchy even by the movies own surreal standards. Probably justified, though. After all, it has to be called "Looney Land" for a reason.
* TheEeyore: The Camel With Wrinkled Knees.
* FoodPorn: The moment with the Greedy. Given the way he acts around the food, it's a borderline ''literal'' example.
* FrenchJerk: Babette.
* GenreSavvy: When they happen upon a freakish-looking boat moored on a lagoon just off the coast of Looney Land, the protagonists seem to instinctively recognize the kingdom's inside-out logic and reason immediately - and correctly - that pushing a big red button marked "STOP" will cause the boat to "go."
* GracefulLoser: The Greedy when Ann, Andy, and the Camel throw taffy on him, burying him in the process. He just eats the stuff and goes back to gorging himself.
-->'''The Greedy:''' You throw good stuff!
* HaveAGayOldTime: Babette has a song which includes the line, "Hooray for me, Babette of gay Paris!" She sings it while dancing the can-can.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Andy is adamant that, in spite of being about as butch and durable as his sister, he's a super-macho, rough-and-tumble action-hero toy who will brook no dress-ups or tea parties, and also will fight you. And, since this is a musical, [[HypocriticalHumor he expresses these sentiments with flamboyant song-and-dance numbers]].
* TheHyena: The aptly named Sir Leonard Looney, who can't go a few seconds without laughing his head off.
* IAmSong: Raggedy Ann sings "Rag Dolly".
* IWantSong: Several.
* ITasteDelicious: The Greedy keeps eating himself. Well, he ''is'' made of taffy and miscellaneous candies.
* JabbaTableManners: The Greedy.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Andy is rude, sarcastic, and confrontational, even toward women. He is also very brave and [[BigBrotherInstinct will never let any harm come to his sister]].
* TheLostWoods: The Deep, Deep Woods.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: "Fire one!...Fire two!...Fire three!...Fire four!...Fire five!...Fire six!...Fire seven!...Fire eight!...And fire ''him''!"
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Raggedy Ann, after realizing that her decision to free the pirates has led to Babette's kidnapping.
** Babette, after it becomes clear to her that her obsession with going to Paris has gotten everyone into terrible trouble.
* TheNapoleon: King Koo Koo. He even mentions Napoleon in his song, noting that Napoleon would look tall next to him.
* ObliviouslyEvil: The Greedy, who believes that eating Raggedy Ann's candy (sweet) heart is the key to saving himself from his life of constant hunger. Sir Leonard Looney seems to be this too, although with him it's more like "Obliviously Annoying and Creepy", since he's not exactly Villain of the Year.
* ObsessedWithFood: The Greedy, once again.
* OffModel: Due to production delays and a rising budget, it was inevitable that some scenes would end up looking a little off, particularly near the end. Williams tried to avert this by assigning each character to a single animator, but in the case of Ann, Andy and the Camel, since they were in almost every scene, they would often be handled by other animators, and so their appearances don't remain as constant as the others.
* OverlyLongGag: The Captain is so out of shape that it takes him what seems like several minutes to climb over the railing of the balcony on Babette's dollhouse. It's worth noting that Creator/RichardWilliams has [[AuthorAppeal a tendency to do this a lot]] just to have more animation for it's own sake.
* PieInTheFace: A common gag in King Koo Koo's court.
* PirateGirl: [[spoiler:Babette after she takes over the Captain's ship.]]
* PirateParrot: The Captain has one, and it proves important to fight King Koo Koo at the end.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Well, except for kidnapping young women.
* PositiveDiscrimination: When King Koo Koo and his sea monster attack the pirate ship, all of the male characters (the Captain, his crew, Andy, and the Camel) are quickly caught and subjected to TickleTorture, but the two females (Ann and Babette) manage to hide themselves and seem to have escaped this fate. Ultimately subverted when the girls are finally discovered and tickled, but they still don't have to endure the tickling as long as the guys.
* PrehensileHair: The Captain's moustache is able to grab things and spells out the S's in his S.O.S. message.
* {{Pun}}: Sir Leonard Looney claims that he's "the looniest (k)night of the year". He lampshades how terrible the pun is immediately after making it.
* RealityEnsues: Possibly unintentional, but when the trio finds themselves in Looney Land, they meet Sir Leonard Loonie, who acts like your standard (if rather exaggerated) WackyGuy. How do the kids react? By getting annoyed at his pranks, then scared because he won't leave them alone and finally running away.
* RetroUniverse: With the exception of some contemporary clothes worn by Marcella in the film's opening sequence (and she quickly changes into [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl a more "girly" outfit]] for her birthday party), the film does not appear to be taking place in 1977. In fact, judging by the characers' sensibilities and the music and so on, this would most likely be taking place in the mid-1950s ''at the latest'' (and, in fact, these characters were created in 1914). Not only that, but Babette and King Koo Koo and several other characters look as if they were literally BornInTheWrongCentury.
* SevenDeadlySins: Captain Contagious falls in ''lust'' with Babette at first sight and promptly kidnaps her. The Greedy physically embodies both ''greed'' and ''gluttony.'' King Koo Koo ''envies'' taller kings, so to compensate he literally puffs himself up with ''pride'' by laughing at others. Gazooks the sea monster is full of ''sloth'' when first introduced and has to be extorted to do anything. And when Babette realizes she may have to go back to Marcella, she becomes full of ''wrath.''
* SchmuckBait: The "WELCOME" sign on the entrance to Sir Leonard Looney's funhouse.
* ShoutOut:
** Andy gets stuck under a box with just his feet sticking out, like the Wicked Witch of the East in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. And he runs up a wall like Cosmo in ''Film/SinginInTheRain'' during his "Make 'Em Laugh" song.
** The funhouse into which Sir Looney lures the heroes, with its [[DeliberatelyMonochrome exclusively black-and-white palette]], rinky-tinky ragtime music, [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} zany architecture]], and ability to render anyone who enters it TheSpeechless, obviously amounts to a tribute to the silent-film comedies of the 1920s.
*** The architecture is based on ''ComicStrip/LittleNemoInSlumberland'', which was itself evoked in Music/TomPetty's music video for "Runnin' Down a Dream."
** In her first appearance, Andy cat-calls Babette by going [[Creator/AbbottAndCostello "Hey, Ba-BEE-ETTE!"]].
* ShownTheirWork: Unique for any film, let alone an animated one, the lead animators are given big fanfare credits along with the characters they animated where the actors voicing them might usually be.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: The Captain's beard goes erect when he sees Babette.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Homer's ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''...really, to a great many famous stories, especially those written around the archetype of TheQuest.
* StandardSnippet: "Entry of the Gladiators" is briefly heard when our heroes get sucked into the funhouse.
* StockholmSyndrome: Played with. By the time our heroes catch up with the runaway pirate ship, Babette doesn't want to leave. But it's not because she's fallen for the captain, but because [[spoiler: she has seized control of the ship and persuaded the crew to sail to Paris, which is where she wanted to go in the first place]].
* SugarBowl: The Greedy himself is this, except it's nightmarish and disturbing rather than bright and cheery.
* SurroundedByIdiots: How the King describes life at his court.
* TickleTorture: The climax is based around this.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Anything and everything will set off a musical number.
* UnwantedRescue: By the time the heroes have reached the pirate ship, Babette [[spoiler: has overthrown the captain and has no interest in returning to Marcella's room. The outcome of the battle with King Koo Koo takes the decision out of her hands]].
* VillainousGlutton: Who do you think?
* VillainSong:
** Quite a few, including "The Pirate Song," "I Never Get Enough," "Because I Love You" and "It's Not Easy Being King When You're Short." Of course, EVERYONE gets a song in this movie.
** "Never Get Enough" and "Because I Love You" are interesting examples because [[ObliviouslyEvil neither character who sings it seems to be aware that they're villains]].
* VisualPun: The Camel With the Wrinkled Knees is literally "blue" [[DontExplainTheJoke because he's often sad]].
* WackyWaysideTribe: There is also a convincing argument to be made that the entire middle third of the movie (starting with the Greedy and ending when they finally get back to the business with the pirates) feels like an enormous side-quest, even though King Koo Koo shows up again for the climax. It feels like TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The Greedy could be seen as one.
-->''Without a sweetheart, I never get enough...''
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