Annie: A Royal Adventure!

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Non-musical sequel a fun adventure for young kids.
  • G
  • 2004
  • 92 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Mostly meant to entertain, but kids will see some London landmarks, especially the Peter Pan statue in Hyde Park, and will hear a comedically confusing explanation of cricket.

Positive Messages

Don't let your imagination run away with you. Take the time to think things through carefully. Don't give up; if you keep trying you'll find a solution.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Annie and her friends Hannah, Molly, and Michael are brave and resourceful in the face of danger. Even though Annie now lives a life of unimaginable luxury, she's as down-to-earth as ever, and helping others is as important as ever. Michael is a math and science whiz who models applying his scientific know-how to save the day. Daddy Warbucks is a loving, caring, involved father figure who's frequently seen on the phone ordering large-scale acts of charity. Lady Hogbottom and her son Rupert are cartoonish villains, but Rupert learns that he can't spend his life trying to achieve his mother's goals and to listen to his own conscience.

Violence & Scariness

A door is kicked in and a character who's bound and gagged is freed. A villain is hit on the head and knocked unconscious. A few dead rats are seen in the villain's castle.

Sexy Stuff

Annie and her friends slightly reinforce gender stereotypes when they talk briefly about how boys are noisy and rowdy, and one says she hears husbands are even worse.


A Cunard White Star sign is seen as the main characters board the Queen Mary. "Sears and Roebuck" is mentioned once.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A villain puts green pills in milk; afterward characters are seen asleep.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sequel to the hit musical Annie is not a musical itself, although the character do sing "Tomorrow" at the end, and no original cast members reprise their roles. It's instead a cartoon-y comedy that continues Annie's adventures with Daddy Warbucks. The plucky gang of kids gets into trouble, but they model resourcefulness and bravery in getting themselves out of it. Daddy Warbucks here is a caring, loving, and involved father figure. A character is briefly seen bound and gagged before being rescued, a villain is hit on the head and knocked unconscious, and a few dead rats are seen in a castle.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byayay December 6, 2020

oh no no no no this show sucks baddd its not good for kids

its trash its way to old its taribal it cures i would never let my kids watch this in a million years
Teen, 17 years old Written byDanielle staltari January 10, 2017


Don't bother even looking at this rubbish it doesn't even have the original cast
I mean the ONLY good Annie is 1982 all of these copies are rubbish :...
Teen, 13 years old Written byviolagirl12 May 8, 2015


The actors mouths don't line up with what they are saying. it was a very hard move to watch. Kids might like it but parents most likely will not.

What's the story?

Annie (Ashley Johnson) is now living comfortably with Daddy Warbucks (George Hearn), who has just learned that he's to be knighted by the king of England. So Annie, friends old and new, Daddy Warbucks, and faithful servants Punjab and Asp set sail on a luxurious ocean liner. They're bringing along Doctor Eon (Ian McDiarmid), who holds the secret to the 20th century's greatest innovation. Little do they suspect that the lovely Lady Hogbottom (Joan Collins) will stop at nothing to get her hands on Dr. Eon's invention. When Annie and friends discover what she's really up to, it's up to them to save Buckingham Palace.

Is it any good?

Young kids will enjoy watching the colorful adventures of Annie as she continues to help her friends in need, even though she's now happy and comfortable with Daddy Warbucks. Fans of the original musical should note that this is not a musical, although the cast does sing "Tomorrow" at the very end, and none of the original cast members return to the same roles. This cast is able, though, and Joan Collins in particular is fun to watch displaying her knack for comedy as the villain.

The pacing in the middle slows a bit, but it picks back up soon enough, and kids will really relate to Annie (who's as down-to-earth as ever) and her friends as they get in and out of trouble. And they'll enjoy rooting for the kids as they try to thwart Lady Hogbottom's evil plan, with excitement and laughs along the way.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Annie, who was created over 80 years ago, is still popular. Why do we like Annie?

  • Have you seen the Broadway musical or the movie based on it? Did you like this movie as much? Why, or why not?

  • Annie sometimes lets her imagination run away with her. Has that ever happened to you? What happened?

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