Raggedy Ann Reunion

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ASIFA-Hollywood is planning a special screening and panel discussion in honor of the 30th Anniversary of Richard Williams’ Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure. This event will take place on Saturday November 17th in the Mark Goodson Auditorium at the American Film Institute (2021 N. Western Blvd.) in Hollywood. At 3pm, a rare CinemaScope 35mm print will be screened, followed by a panel discussion at 5pm with a large group of production personnel. Light refreshments will be available.

Williams’ Raggedy Ann was the subject of John Canemaker’s first book, and the film was unique at the time, as it was based in New York (with satellite studios in L.A. and London). Veteran animators, such as Art Babbit, Grim Natwick, Emery Hawkins, Tissa David, Gerry Chiniquy, Willis Pyle, Corny Cole, Irv Spence and Williams himself, were joined by a who’s who of talented newcomers including Michael Sporn, Eric Goldberg, Tom Sito and Dan Haskett. This event is a benefit for the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive. Admission will be $15 for ASIFA members, $20 for non-members.


  • Cyber Fox

    This is all fine and dandy, but seeing that film hasn’t seen home video/DVD releases for a while.. The film is becoming non exsistant

    I think it’s up to you to convince 20th Century Fox to bring this forgotten film to DVD

  • http://www.kyleboyd.blogspot.com/ Kyle Boyd

    another talented newcomer on that picture was Russell Calabrese

  • http://www.andrews.edu/~drazen/sonic.html Daniel J. Drazen

    No way I can get to NYC for the show but I still have Canemaker’s book, which includes an excellent brief history of theatrical animation as well as bios of Babbit, David and Williams.

  • http://www.scuzzbopper.blogspot.com Ken Priebe

    This is an event I sure wish I could attend…although it’s hard for me to sit through that movie all the way through, there are certain sequences of beautiful animation that are a joy to behold. We need a widescreen version released on DVD so that the Greedy sequence can be viewed in its entirety!

  • Tom Pope

    To the above commenter: the show’s in Hollywood.

  • Brad Constantine

    How cool is that? Cheers to R Williams and the crew for 30 years of
    Raggedy Ann goodness!! I agree, this needs to be out on a new dvd for the new generation to enjoy!! Maybe a Richard Williams master box set with all of the commercials and of course, The Thief and the cobbler all nice and restored…one can wish upon a star, eh?

  • dogma_addict

    Reading the synopsis on Wikipedia, I can’t help but notice some striking plot similarities between this and those other, more popular talking toy movies…

  • http://portapuppets.does.it uncle wayne

    And who on the earth could resist “Song Blue!”?? I agree with Ken! Its ressurection is wayyy overdue!!

  • Brianne

    YAY! I’ve only seen the pan-scan vhs version, so it would be great to watch this without the animation cropped.

  • Seth

    Though the Canemaker book was far better than the film, Richard Williams’ movie was a landmark for giving so many aging animation legends a rare theatrical chance to shine. 1977 was an unusual year, boasting “The Rescuers”, “The Mouse and His Child”, “Raggedy Ann and Andy” and “Wizards”, a veritable cornucopia of animated features for any one year in that dark decade.

  • Lucy

    Ugh! X( I want to go so bad!! You think they’d at least release a DVD–I’m just as mad as everyone else that this isn’t out yet! It’s not the greatest film out there, sure, but to not have some of the sequences in this film not on DVD for preservation is nothing short of a travesty. : \

  • John

    I’ve seen both Toy Story and Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure. The “Plot similarities” are nowhere near as strong or striking as the Wikipedia article implies. In fact, there are far more differences. Ann and Andy go into a grotesque fantasy land in search of a pirate who kidnapped a misguided French doll.

    Toy Story is a traditional “mis-matched adversaries become buddies” flick set in more or less the real world, except toys are secretly animate.

  • Julian Hofstettler

    There are more similarities in the Jim Henson “The Christmas Toy” 1986 TV special and “Toy Story” than there appear to be in “Raggedy Ann and Andy”. There is, however, one long scene in the latter that owes more than a passing nod to Bob Clampett and Ernest Gee’s demented camel in “Porky in Egypt”. The major differences are that the Porky short is in black and white and it’s funny.

  • tom

    I don’t know why there is so much fanfare for a movie that no one I know has ever seen. Is this part of a master scheme to get the thing release on DVD?

  • John

    Julian: You’re absolutely right! The direct correlations between the basic plot and characters of ‘The Christmas Toy’ and ‘Toy Story’ are very striking. Unlike ‘Raggedy Ann’, one can actually see point for point where they intersect…without a lot of distortion and misrepresentation.

    I’d say the main differences are ‘A Christmas Toy’ is quite a bit darker and more depressing before the happy ending…admitting frankly that even if a toy is owned by a ‘nice’ kid, a toy’s life still is brief and doomed to a sad end. Something Pixar wouldn’t explore until the more sophisticated ‘Toy Story 2′.

  • http://www.strugglingyoungman.com Shaw

    Very underrated classic that deserves a DVD release.

    The songs, by the way, were written by the great, late Joe Raposo.

  • dan

    I have the book about this movie and it’s one of my most treasured animation books. I’m looking forward to seeing the screening. But, Jerry failed to mention who will be in attendance.

  • Steph’

    Saw it for the first and only time at the Broadacres in ’77. I remember thinking “this is SO not cool” because I was watching a “kiddie movie” with Raggedy flippin’ Ann f’pete’s sake! Yet I enjoyed it. I remember it had a outright disturbing quality to it , that even watching at the age of nine, that made me uncomfortable sitting next to my parents, like “should I be watching this?” I might describe it now as a “fetish-like” vibe with the candy glutton that eats so much candy that it becomes candy and eats itself, the balloon king that blows up when he laughs, the camel with the trippy hippy groove looking for his caravan…I’ve probably forgotten a few here.
    Definately needs to be on DVD, if only to disturb the heck out of a new generation of adults and kids.

  • Stephen

    Oh my GOD! I have been waiting for someone to re-screen this for 20 years! I grew up as a kid watching this and it is still to this day one of my favorite animated films of all time. The animation and story are both nothing short of MAJESTIC! I will try my absolute hardest to attend. Never have I seen it before in its original widescreen format.

    If the powers that be read these comments, 20th Century Fox NEEDS to release this on DVD in its original aspect ratio! They have no idea how many animation and general fans of the film would see it as a dream come true!

    Hope to see you all there!

  • Ogg

    It’s not a masterpiece, but I’d say at least half of the movie is excellent. The “No Girl’s Toy”, “Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers,” The Greedy’s taffy pit, the Camel, and the B&W castle scene are awesome. It’s really sad that it has never had a decent video release. After seeing some full 2.35:1 layout photos, it seems like Richard Williams really pushed for the Panavision format to be used to its full power. There’s nothing quite like animation in the really wide scope format!

  • Betsie Beadling

    How was the Movie??
    was it in Good Condition after al these years???

  • Vasili

    Raggedy Ann and Andy have been around since shortly before the end of World War I. They are sister and brother, respectively. I saw the original 1940 cartoon on Youtube and, at the end, Raggedy Ann and Andy come together and they remain so to this very day. Raggedy Ann and Andy are still very popular today.