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Buttons is a 2018 musical fantasy film starring Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Jane Seymour (Actress), Ioan Gruffudd, Katie McGrath, Robert Picardo, and John de Lancie.

The movie features a Framing Device in which Rose (Lansbury) is telling a story to a glum orphan named Emily. The story she's telling is about a young girl named Annabelle, and her relationship with her Guardian Angel (Van Dyke).

It was released in five hundred select theaters on December 8, 2018 at 12:55 p.m. See the trailer here.

This movie provides examples of:

  • Break the Cutie: Annabelle is put through the wringer, losing her parents, going from living in apparent relative wealth to slaving away in a mill, and then living on the streets after she runs away from said mill.
  • Daddy's Girl: Annabelle is very close to her father before he dies.
  • The Edwardian Era: The main story with Annabelle appears to take place during this era, more or less. The frame story with Emily is set a while later, in the 1920s or 1930s.
  • Guardian Angel: Lansbury and Van Dyke's characters
  • Happily Adopted: The wealthy Brownings adopt all the mill girls
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Emily and, eventually, Annabelle
  • Kids Are Cruel: The other orphans are mean to Annabelle, and give her the nickname "Buttons"
  • Real After All: Not only is Rose's story true, the film ends with Emily getting adopted by the grown-up Annabelle
  • Riches to Rags: Happens to Annabelle when her father dies, and even more so when her mother dies
  • Street Urchin: Annabelle becomes one after running away from the mill
  • Too Unhappy to Be Hungry: Annabelle refuses to eat after her father dies.
  • Tragic Keepsake: In Annabelle's case, a little porcelain dog
  • Wicked Stepmother: Annabelle's cruel step-aunt sends her to work as a child laborer in the mill owned by her family. Annabelle doesn't even get to live with said step-aunt, instead being sent to live with the other orphans who work at the mill.