"This is really weird."
— Raggedy Andy, summing up the movie in general.
Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure is a 1977 animated film by Richard Williams (with a few live-action segments) based on the doll characters created by Johnny Gruelle. The film is mostly famous for being an example of Deranged Animation.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 Grease musicals as well as the Shining Time Station and Thomas the Tank Engine TV series. Joe Raposo (Sesame Street) wrote the songs.The film has similarities with the Toy Story movies, which came out about twenty years later (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). More than that, the film is known for being really freakin' weird at times. Reviewed here.A book about the making of the film, The Animated Raggedy Ann & Andy by John Canemaker, can be read here as well.
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