Comparison of Annie Film 1999 & 1982

Topics: Little Orphan Annie, Annie, Comic strip Pages: 2 (720 words) Published: October 14, 2011
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“Annie is a 1982 Academy Award nominated musical film based upon the popular 1977 stage musical of the same name. A 1999 made-for-television musical-comedy film from The Wonderful World of Disney based on the 1977 stage musical Annie and its 1982 film adaptation, which themselves were based on the 1924 Little Orphan Annie comic strip by Harold Gray.”

Little Orphan Annie is a daily American comic strip, created by Harold Gray, that first appeared on August 5, 1924. Then by 1977 it was made into a musical that started on Broadway. The musical ran for nearly six years, spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. In 1982 a film based on the stage musical was released by Columbia Pictures. The film reviews varied from positive to very hostile. About two decades later, in 1999, another film is released based on the 1977 stage musical and as well the 1982 film adaptation. Although truer to the original stage musical than the 1982 movie, it condensed much of the full story in an attempt to make it more viewable for children. This was the first time Walt Disney Pictures and Columbia Pictures collaborate.

Comparing both films you can tell that there were different artistic directions taken. In the 1982 film version what I found that helped the story-line was that they mentioned the Depression and it was clear to the audience what was going on. Meeting with President Roosevelt about the “New Deal,” made it more historical. Appose to the 1999 version, where it was much more condensed. The set design and costumes can give you a feel about the era but the way the 1982 film version gave a better portrayal.

The stage to screen differences between the 1982 film and 1977 Broadway had some major changes. One that was evident was the month. The time was changed from Christmas to 4th of July. The film featured four new songs, "Dumb Dog", "Let's Go to the Movies,” which...
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