A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
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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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