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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In many ways the whole movie is this outside of the toy room, but the encounter with the Greedy particularly stands out. It comes out of nowhere, clashing with the rest of the film's otherwise low-key setting and only comes up again when Raggedy Ann thanks the camel for saving her life. It's also one of two scenes (the other being the joke kingdom) with no backgrounds, depicting the characters in pitch-black negative space.
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  • Cult Classic: When it came out the film received mixed to negative reviews... Today it still does for various reasons, but it has also developed a strong cult following thanks to some well-made scenes, the often amazing animation, and how utterly insane the story and settings are.
  • Funny Moment: In the middle of The Deep Deep Woods scene Andy looks at the audience and says, without a hint of irony, "This is really weird."
  • Genius Bonus: Raggedy Ann's "I Am" Song, "I'm Just A Rag Dolly"? Even cleverer if you recognize the musical genre as ragtime.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "The Animated Raggedy Ann & Andy" by John Canemaker, which was published before the release of the movie... which was a box-office bomb.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Greedy's first lines are a stuttered "What-what-what..." that sounds almost identical to the "Wort wort wort!" sounds the Elites make in Halo.
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  • Incest Subtext: It stops just short of being text, but the siblings share a love song ("Candy Hearts And Paper Flowers"), and they have a habit of hugging in ways not commonly seen between siblings.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • As horrifying and scary The Greedy is, his song presents him in a rather tragic light. He's so lonely and miserable that he can't stop eating!
      The Greedy: I can't stop eating...and I'm...I'm never satisfied...and I'm never...happy...happy inside...
    • King Kookoo, whose Napoleon Complex and inability to remain as big as he want to be, turn him into a tyrant.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: The only ones who remember that this movie even exists are Richard Williams fans, who usually have nothing good to say about it outside of the animation.
  • Memetic Mutation: Andy's line "I'll tell ya something, I'm getting pretty sick and tired of all the dumb things that go on around here!" is often cited as a reaction to the movie itself.
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  • Moment of Awesome: Raggedy Ann standing up to the Greedy when he tries to eat her candy heart, smacking his hand away with an oar, followed by a chase scene which plays like a successful video game boss battle.
    Raggedy Ann: (without a hint of fear in her voice) It seems to me, Mr. Greedy, that you've had quite enough already!
  • Older Than They Think: Reviewers often comment on the "weirdness" and "trippiness" of the film's plot and characters, but in fact it quite closely follows the original Raggedy Ann author Johnny Gruelle's 1924 book Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees. Quoting the book's plot summary:
    "When the French doll Babette is snatched, Raggedy Ann and Andy give up thinking 'nice, kindly thoughts,' and take off in pursuit. Having gathered up a worn toy camel and other helpers, taken a side trip into 'Loonie Land,' and effected several rescues, the button-eyed band battle a pirate crew..."
    • Despite this, the infamous Greedy character is completely original to the movie and the pirates are very different from the original story: they all turn out to be little girls in disguise!
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Greedy, again. Most people who saw the movie remember the Greedy most strongly, who is the prime reason this film is classified as Deranged Animation.
  • Padding: One of the biggest criticisms of the film is it's snail-like pacing.
    • Not only does every single scene have a song, but each song is full-length (three verses, three choruses and a bridge) as opposed to the three or four short, two-verse songs typical of other animated musicals.
    • Even the narrative scenes suffer from Richard Williams' notorious refusal to cut or shorten scenes just for the sake of having more awesome animation. One of Williams's colleagues even admitted that The Greedy sequence went on too long, but Williams was adamant about leaving all of it in because his team had worked so hard to get it right.
  • The Scrappy: You will have a very hard time liking the naked twin singing dolls. That is a fact.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The film has a LOT of problems, from incredibly inconsistent pacing to a forgettable story to the animation quality getting incredibly low at times. In the end though it is less "bad" and more "weird" to many people. The plot is simple, but takes so many bizarre, random detours that it's hard to appreciate in any way other than bemused confusion.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The film is described fondly by those who worked on it, many of whom have become big names in the industry (such as Tom Sito and Eric Goldberg, to name a few), as an "animator's film"; ie, a film you more "appreciate" than enjoy. While generally considered a mediocre film on it's own, it boasts a talented crew and some impressive artwork that simply can't go unappreciated.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The song "Blue".
    • Bizarrely enough, the Greedy's song is actually kind of sad if you think about it. His life revolves around eating all the time and he has all of the most delicious and delectable meals to gorge on at his leisure... and he can't enjoy any of it because he doesn't have a "sweet heart", making him feel empty even as he devours and absorbs everything in sight. And it's implied that he doesn't even understand why he feels this way.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Babette is painted as a somewhat antagonistic figure...for making it out of her submissive damsel position, making it as a successful and respected pirate captain with a faithful crew. Besides the Unfortunate Implications of a woman leader being an irresponsible, it is also frustrating to think of the things this character could've accomplished if outside forces hadn't blown her back to where she started. At least she went backwards with a boyfriend...
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Richard Williams insisted that, for the sake of realism, the titular dolls should never blink. This was a very, very bad idea!
    • The "Why" dolls. Normal-looking human heads just don't look right on naked doll bodies.
    • Any time the otherwise blob-like Greed temporally takes a humanoid form.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: As surreal as the scene is, take a look at the sequence involving the Greedy. Now try to remind yourself that that whole scene was done on paper.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Well, it was The '70s.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The story is simple enough, but when you have a perverted pirate, bizarre landscapes, a suicidally-depressed camel, and a constantly shifting candy-monster, more children would be scared of this than be running to see it
  • The Woobie: Poor Camel...
    • King Koo Koo's subjects who have been transformed into weird robots and lost their minds by being forced to laugh along with him and participate in the insanity that is Loony Land.


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