I had never seen Annie in any incarnation until this movie. I had heard of it for years, even knew some of its songs as there’s a famous musical before any of the movies. I didn’t realize this one never made it to the box office, it was made for TV by Disney.
The story is about a little girl named Annie Bennett. She was left at an orphanage during the Great Depression with a note from her parents who vowed to return one day. But Annie has to figure out how to do most things on her own.
Her main nemesis is the orphanage owner Miss Agatha Hannigan. She’s a cruel terrible woman who openly hates children despite “loving her job.” Luckily for Annie, most of the other girls give Miss Hannigan a headache so Annie can easily sneak away if she needs to.
Annie is eventually greeted by Oliver Warbucks, a wealthy businessman. Sharing a similar childhood, Mr. Warbucks wants to adopt a child and that kid is Annie. But Annie still wants to find her real biological parents and her potential adoptive father vows to help her find them.
Overall, I liked Annie but I didn’t love it. You can tell that the movie was made for television rather than the silver screen. But it’s still a decent movie with likeable characters. I would imagine the first movie is probably better but I’m not certain about that since I haven’t seen it yet.