Film / Annie (1999)
In 1999, Disney
and Columbia-Tristar Television
co-produced a Made-for-TV Movie
version of Annie
that aired on ABC
, which made its own share of changes to the stage show. It starred Alicia Morton, with Kathy Bates as Miss Hannigan.
This film has examples of:
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: "Miss Hannigan's gone forever!"
- Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: Sort of, Lily is replaced with Miss Hannigan for the role of Annie's fake mom, with a Paper-Thin Disguise and Bad "Bad Acting" to boot. Annie buys it.
- Aren't You Forgetting Someone?: Rooster and Miss Hannigan are so anxious to take the money that they're after that they almost forget to kidnap Annie.
- Bad "Bad Acting": Rooster and Miss Hannigan pretending to be Annie's parents slip into this when Warbucks gives them the check for $50,000.
- Beginner's Luck: Subverted. While Rooster and Miss Hannigan are posing as Annie's parents in an attempt to get the reward money, Lily is stuck babysitting the orphans, who proceed to wipe the floor with her while playing poker. When Lily asks them how they're so good at this game, Pepper smugly replies with this in verbatim, but it's heavily implied that they've played poker before.
- Bowdlerize: Disney went with a more family-friendly angle, so Miss Hannigan's Lady Drunk tendencies were channeled into making her a Cloudcuckoo Lander.
- ...But He Sounds Handsome:
Miss Hannigan as Mrs. Mudge: And the very nice and very attractive lady at the orphanage said we'd find Annie here.
- Conflict Killer: The film opens with Annie breaking up a fight between July and Pepper.note
Annie: Lay off July! If Hannigan wakes up, she'll get sore!
- Dark Reprise: The second time "Easy Street" plays, it is right after Rooster pulls out a knife and says he'll "make Annie disappear" after they pose as her parents to get the reward money.
- Denied Food as Punishment: Right after "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile":
Girl with glasses: What about our dinner?
Miss Hannigan: What about it?
Girl with glasses: You didn't give us any.
Miss Hannigan: 'Cause I knew you was gonna be bad tonight, so I punished you ahead of time. Now scatter!
- Dirty Coward: When Lily and Rooster are found out and Miss Hannigan is standing alone, she tries to pin the blame on Rooster.
Miss Hannigan: It was his idea. He made me do it. Annie, Annie, tell these people how good I've always been to ya, huh?
- Dumb Blonde: Lily St. Regis, even more than in the original. She single-handedly ruins the villains' plan in this version.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Sandy goes into a barking frenzy whenever he sees "the Mudges".
- Harmless Villain: Lily, oh so much.
- Implied Death Threat: Downplayed.
Annie (to Pepper after she makes fun of Annie's parents' note): Do you wanna sleep with your teeth inside your mouth or out?
- Ironic Echo: Two in the scene where Miss Hannigan's scheming is revealed:
- Miss Hannigan makes the orphan girls say "I love you, Miss Hannigan" all the time. Later, as she and Rooster are leaving the Warbucks mansion with Annie in tow, posing as her parents, the girls arrive at the door just in time to expose her true identity by shouting, "We love you, Miss Hannigan!"
- Earlier on, Miss Hannigan asks Annie what the one thing she always taught her is, and Annie replies with, "Never Tell a Lie". And then, after Rooster and Miss Hannigan are exposed, we get this exchange:
Miss Hannigan: Annie, Annie, tell these people how good I've always been to ya, huh?
Annie: Miss Hannigan, I would, but the one thing you always taught me was... Never Tell a Lie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Pepper. She beats up July for defending Molly, makes fun of Annie's note, and engages in a minor Kick the Dog moment when she tells Molly that "we ain't got mommies and daddies. And we ain't ever gonna have 'em. That's why we're called orphans," but on the other hand, she is happy for Annie along with the rest of the girls when the latter is allowed to go to Warbucks' home for Christmas, and assists the other orphans in foiling the villains' plot.
- Kids Are Cruel: Mostly averted, but the orphan girls do get a moment when they all laugh at Annie's note.
- Leitmotif: Pieces of "Maybe" and "Tomorrow" seem to serve as one for Annie through the film. Rooster and Lily are followed around by "Easy Street".
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: When the orphans are left in the care of Lily St. Regis, she plays poker with them and ends up owing them $479.39.
- Oh, Crap!: The above.
- Politically Correct History:
- Grace is played by a black actress (Audra McDonald) and her romance with Warbucks is left intact. He even proposes to her at the end! New York, unlike most of the United States, did not have any anti-miscegenation laws in the 1930s, so their marriage would be legally possible, but it would still be quite a scandal socially.
- The orphans being a Five-Token Band is sometimes regarded as this, although this might be a case of Reality Is Unrealistic. While racially segregated orphanages were the norm in the 1930s, integrated orphanages did exist at the time and would obviously be more likely to exist in New York than in, say, Alabama.
- Race Lift: Grace; see above.
- Relationship Upgrade: For Warbucks and Grace; this version ends with him proposing to her.
- Remake Cameo: Andrea McArdle, the original Broadway Annie, appears as the star-to-be in "N.Y.C."
- Tempting Fate:
FDR: In the name of the United States government, I command you to halt!
Miss Hannigan: Who you think you are? The President?!
[he rolls into view on his wheelchair]
Rooster: Geez, Aggie, it is!
- Welcoming Song: Mr. Warbucks' servants welcome Annie to her new home with song and dance, and she sings her reaction: "I Think I'm Going to Like It Here."