Annie (1999 film)

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Based onAnnie
by Charles Strouse
Martin Charnin
Thomas Meehan
Little Orphan Annie
by Harold Gray
Written byIrene Mecchi
Charles Strouse
Martin Charnin
Thomas Meehan
Directed byRob Marshall
StarringKathy Bates
Alan Cumming
Audra McDonald
Kristin Chenoweth
Victor Garber
Andrea McArdle
Alicia Morton
Danielle Wilson
Sarah Hyland
Erin Adams
Nanea Miyata
Marissa Rago
Danny Troob
Charles Strouse (music)
Martin Charnin (lyrics)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersJohn Whitman
Craig Zadan
Neil Meron
Chris Montan
CinematographyRalf Bode
EditorScott Vickrey
Running time90 minutes
Production companiesWalt Disney Television
Columbia TriStar Television
Storyline Entertainment
Chris Montan Productions
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 7, 1999 (1999-11-07)

Annie is a 1999 American made-for-television musical-comedy-drama film from The Wonderful World of Disney, adapted from the 1977 Broadway musical of the same name by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan, which in turn is based on the 1924 Little Orphan Annie comic strip by Harold Gray. It is the first remake and the second film adaptation of the musical following the 1982 theatrical film starring Aileen Quinn, Carol Burnett, and Albert Finney.

It was directed by Rob Marshall, written by Irene Mecchi, and produced by Walt Disney Television, Columbia TriStar Television, Storyline Entertainment, and Chris Montan Productions. Annie marks the first film collaboration between The Walt Disney Company and Columbia Pictures since Columbia distributed Disney's Silly Symphony film series as well as the Mickey Mouse cartoon series from 1929 to 1932. It stars Kathy Bates, Alan Cumming, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Victor Garber, Andrea McArdle, and introduces Alicia Morton as the titular character, Lalaine as Kate, Danielle Wilson as Duffy, Sarah Hyland as Molly, Erin Adams as Tessie, Nanea Miyata as July, and Marissa Rago as Pepper.

Annie premiered on ABC on November 7, 1999. The program, which was a rare partnership between Columbia TriStar Television and Walt Disney Television, proved to be popular during its initial airing, with an estimated 26.3 million viewers, making it the second-most-watched Disney film ever to air on ABC behind Cinderella (1997). This version earned two Emmy Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award. It would be followed by a third film adaptation of the musical in 2014 and a fourth adaptation that was a live NBC production of the musical.


In 1933, during the Great Depression, 11-year-old orphan Annie Bennett was left on her own at the Hudson Street Home For Girls when she was an infant. The only two things that she received from her family was half a heart-shaped locket with a key hole, and a note from her parents saying that they would come back for her. The orphanage is run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan, who starves the orphans, and forces them to do slave labor. In the middle of the night, after getting tired of waiting for her parents, Annie tries to escape to find them, but is caught by Miss Hannigan in the process. When Miss Hannigan gets distracted, Annie hides in the dirty laundry bin and she finally succeeds in running away.

While out on her own, Annie befriends a dog, whom she names Sandy. But police officer Lt. Ward catches her and returns her back to the orphanage. When billionaire Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks decides to take in an orphan for Christmas, his secretary Grace Farrell chooses Annie. Annie and Sandy are brought to his wealthy estate and bathe in a grand life.

Although at first uncomfortable with Annie, Daddy Warbucks is soon charmed by her. He desperately wants to adopt Annie, but Annie still wants to find her real parents, so he announces on the radio a $50,000 reward for anybody who can prove they are her biological parents. The orphans accidentally tell Miss Hannigan, and her younger con artist brother Rooster, and his dimwitted girlfriend Lily St. Regis cook up a scheme to get the reward by posing as Ralph and Shirley Mudge (Annie's "so called" parents).[1]

Lily is left with the orphans after Miss Hannigan and Rooster leave, but Lily accidentally tells the secret. The orphans make her tell them what is going on, and she realizes that Rooster could leave her hanging as he has done before in the past. She and the orphans come to Warbucks' mansion where Lily demands her part in the cut while the orphans reveal the scheme. While fleeing from the orphans, Miss Hannigan and Rooster are intercepted upon the arrival of President Franklin D. Roosevelt along with his Secret Service. President Roosevelt reads the papers that identifies Miss Hannigan, Rooster, and Lily leading to Rooster and Lily getting arrested by the Secret Service. This enrages Miss Hannigan, who rants about all she did and the thanks she got for it. She is then carted off to a psychiatric hospital as she foresaw what would happen to her.

President Roosevelt then presents the evidence to Annie that her real parents are actually David and Margaret Bennett, but sadly they both had died several years earlier which explains why they never returned for her. Although Annie is saddened that her real parents are dead, she is cheered up when Daddy Warbucks officially adopts her. President Roosevelt ensures a happy ending for all as he promises that each of the orphans will be adopted by a stable and happy family. Daddy Warbucks and Grace become engaged, and Annie lives happily with her new parents and Sandy.


  • Victor Garber as Mr. Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, a lonely billionaire businessman who opens his heart to Annie and becomes her adoptive father.
  • Alicia Morton as Annie Bennett Warbucks, an optimistic 11-year-old orphan searching for her biological parents. Oliver and Grace adopted her, and she became their adoptive daughter.
  • Audra McDonald as Miss Grace Farrell, Personal Secretary (later wife) to Daddy Warbucks. She eventually fell in love with Daddy Warbucks and becomes Annie's adoptive mother.
  • Kathy Bates as Miss Agatha Hannigan/Mrs. Shirley Mudge (disguise), the cruel owner of the orphanage where Annie lives.
  • Alan Cumming as Daniel Francis "Rooster" Hannigan/Danny the Dip/Mr. Ralph Mudge (disguise), Agatha's dastardly younger brother and con-artist.
  • Kristin Chenoweth as Lily St. Regis/Sadie Algonquin/Phyllis the Filcher, Rooster's girlfriend.

The Orphans[edit]

  • Erin Adams as Tessie, the orphan with mood swings. Tessie goes from being happy one minute and worrysome the next. She is known for saying, "Oh my goodness."
  • Sarah Hyland as Molly, the youngest of the orphans. Molly has a habit of wetting the bed and is prone to crying. She is a victim of Pepper's bullying.
  • Lalaine as Katherine "Kate", the tomboyish Mexican American orphan who is friends with Annie. Kate is shy.
  • Nanea Miyata as July, the motherly orphan. July is the second oldest orphan. July is 13 years old.
  • Marissa Rago as Pepper, the oldest orphan. Pepper is bossy and thinks that she's too old to be adopted. Pepper is 14 years old.
  • Danielle Wilson as Duffy, the African American orphan with a talent for singing. Duffy dreams of being famous. Duffy is loud and confident.

Recurring cast[edit]

Musical numbers[edit]

The film's soundtrack was released on November 2, 1999, by Walt Disney Records.

The songs in this version reflect those of the original 1977 production, but does not include "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover", "Tomorrow (Cabinet Reprise)", "Annie", or "New Deal for Christmas". However, it does include a reprise of "N.Y.C." and of "Little Girls" that takes place at the end of the film, rather than after the song itself.

  1. "Overture"
  2. "Maybe" - Annie
  3. "It's the Hard Knock Life" - Annie and Orphans
  4. "It's the Hard Knock Life" (Reprise) - Orphans
  5. "Tomorrow" - Annie
  6. "Little Girls" - Miss Hannigan
  7. "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" - Grace, Annie, and Warbucks' Staff
  8. "N.Y.C." - Warbucks, Grace, Annie, and Star-to-Be
  9. "N.Y.C." (Reprise) - Warbucks
  10. "Lullaby" - Warbucks
  11. "Easy Street" - Rooster, Miss Hannigan, and Lily
  12. "Maybe" (Reprise 1) - Annie
  13. "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" - Bert Healy and the Boylan Sisters
  14. "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" (Reprise) - Orphans
  15. "Something Was Missing" - Warbucks
  16. "I Don't Need Anything But You" - Warbucks and Annie
  17. "Maybe" (Reprise 2) - Grace
  18. "Tomorrow" (Reprise) - Grace
  19. "Little Girls" (Reprise) - Miss Hannigan
  20. "Finale: I Don't Need Anything But You" (Reprise) - Warbucks, Grace, and Annie


ABC began work on the film following the success of Cinderella.[2] Although the stage musical Annie had already been adapted as a film in 1982, the film was considered to be a critical and commercial failure.[3] Zadan and Meron saw remaking the musical as an opportunity to rectify the previous adaptation's errors.[3] They enlisted Cinderella's choreographer Rob Marshall to direct and making the orphans ethnically diverse.[3] Zadan and Meron were both so impressed by Rob's work throughout Cinderella (saying he acted like a director), that when The Wonderful World of Disney came to them about doing a TV version of Annie, they both went to Rob to direct and choreograph. At first, he turned it down, saying “I’m not a director, I’m a choreographer. I don’t know why you’re even offering me this movie. I don’t know anything about film.” When Rob Marshall finally agreed to direct it, Disney executives didn’t want him to do the film. They said “Annie is too valuable a property. We’re not gonna give it to a guy who’s never directed a movie.” Yet, because Zadan and Meron both really believed in him, they told the executives in response “Then we won’t produce it.” They knew at the time that since Cinderella was so huge, the last thing Disney wanted to do was another musical not produced by them. So they kept calling saying “Let’s go over a list of directors”, but Zadan & Meron said no because they really wanted Rob Marshall to do it. So Disney eventually conceded and allowed him to direct and choreograph.[4]

McDonald recalled in a 2017 interview that there was a reshoot of the final scene that showed her character, a black woman, not engaging with Daddy Warbucks; she suggested the reason for the reshoots was Disney and ABC were "a little uncomfortable" having a black woman engage with the white man.[5] However, the other members of the cast and crew were not happy about having to do the reshoot, and Garber intentionally performed the scene badly so that it couldn't make it into the final cut.[5]

The dancers' costumes and the stage set of the Broadway section of "N.Y.C." are taken directly from the "Broadway Melody" ballet in Singin' in the Rain.

This was the second time Kathy Bates and Victor Garber starred alongside each other in a film. They had previously appeared in James Cameron's 1997 disaster epic film Titanic.


Annie premiered during The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC November 7, 1999. After its premiere on ABC, Annie has aired on cable channels such as ABC Family, Starz, and the Hallmark Channel.

Home media[edit]

Annie was released on VHS on December 14, 1999, and DVD on January 24, 2000, by Buena Vista Home Entertainment. The film has not been released on Blu-ray, but can be viewed on Disney's streaming video platform, Disney+.


The program proved to be popular during its initial airing, with an estimated 26.3 million viewers, making it the second-most-watched Disney movie ever to air on ABC behind Cinderella (1997). This film was praised for its casting and for being closer to the stage production than the 1982 film.[6][7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
American Choreography Awards Outstanding Achievement in Television – Variety or Special Rob Marshall Won
American Comedy Awards Funniest Female Performer in a TV Special – Network, Cable or Syndication Kathy Bates Won
Art Directors Guild Awards Excellence in Production Design Award –
Variety or Awards Show, Music Special or Documentary
Stephen Hendrickson and Edward L. Rubin Nominated [8]
Artios Awards Best Casting for TV Movie of the Week Valorie Massalas and Rosalie Joseph Nominated [9]
Cinema Audio Society Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television –
Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Specials
Terry O'Bright, Keith Rogers, and Edward L. Moskowitz Nominated [10]
Costume Designers Guild Awards Excellence in Period/Fantasy for Television Shay Cunliffe Won [11]
Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety Rob Marshall Nominated [12]
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Kathy Bates Nominated [13]
Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Best Period Hair Styling – Television (for a Mini-Series or Movie of the Week) Matthew Kasten, Natasha Ladek, and Mishell Chandler Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated [14]
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Kathy Bates Won
Best Makeup/Hairstyling in a Non-Series Nominated
Peabody Awards ABC, Storyline Entertainment, Columbia TriStar Television Inc., and
Chris Montan Productions, in association with Walt Disney Television
Won [15]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Made For Television Movie Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Chris Montan, Marykay Powell, and
John Whitman
Nominated [16]
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Kathy Bates Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Rob Marshall Nominated
Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Stephen Hendrickson, Edward L. Rubin, and Archie D'Amico Nominated
Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries, Movie or a Special Marcia Turner, Rosalie Joseph, and Valorie Massalas Nominated
Outstanding Choreography Rob Marshall Won
Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Ralf D. Bode Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Shay Cunliffe and Patricia McLaughlin Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Matthew Kasten, Mishell Chandler, and Natasha Ladek Nominated
Outstanding Music Direction Paul Bogaev Won
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Scott Vickrey Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Edward L. Moskowitz, Terry O'Bright, and Keith Rogers Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Kathy Bates Nominated [17]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated [18]
Television Critics Association Awards Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials Nominated [19]
TV Guide Awards Favorite TV Movie or Miniseries Won [20]
Young Artist Awards Best Family TV Movie or Pilot: Network Nominated [21]
Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot: Leading Young Actress Alicia Morton Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film or TV Movie: Young Ensemble Erin Adams, Sarah Hyland, Lalaine, Alicia Morton, Nanea Miyata,
Marissa Rago, and Danelle Wilson
YoungStar Awards Best Young Actress/Performance in a Miniseries/Made for TV Film Alicia Morton Won [22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Michael Scheinfeld. ""Annie" (1999) review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved November 2, 2007. ...the conniving Hannigan and her unscrupulous brother pose as Annie's parents...
  2. ^ Jones, Kenneth; Gans, Andrew; Lefkowitz, David (February 12, 1999). "Impossible? 'Cinderella' Producers Hope Valentine's Day Rebroadcast Hits Big". Playbill. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Rodosthenous, George, ed. (2017). Twenty-First Century Musicals: From Stage to Screen. United Kingdom: Routledge. ISBN 9781317234050 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Awards Chatter: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - 'The Wiz Live!' on Apple Podcasts".
  5. ^ a b Bitette, Nicole (July 26, 2017). "'Annie' star Audra McDonald says studio was 'uncomfortable' with a black woman marrying Daddy Warbucks". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "4th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards". Archived from the original on March 26, 2016. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  9. ^ "2000 Artios Awards". Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  10. ^ "Nominees/Winners". IMDb. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "The 2nd Costume Designers Guild Awards (2000)". Costume Designers Guild. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  12. ^ "52nd DGA Awards". Directors Guild of America Awards. Retrieved July 5, 2021.
  13. ^ "Annie – Golden Globes". HFPA. Retrieved July 5, 2021.
  14. ^ "4th Annual Television Awards (1999-2000)". Online Film & Television Association. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  15. ^ "The Wonderful World of Disney: Annie". Peabody Awards. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  16. ^ "Annie". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  17. ^ "International Press Academy website – 2000 4th Annual SATELLITE Awards". Archived from the original on February 1, 2008.
  18. ^ "The 6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. Archived from the original on November 1, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  19. ^ "Television critics elect 'West Wing' a winner". Deseret News. July 18, 2000. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  20. ^ TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. pp. 40. ISBN 978-0-7624-3007-9.
  21. ^ "21st Annual Young Artist Awards". Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
  22. ^ "2000 Hollywood Reporter's YoungStar Awards Winner's List". November 20, 2000. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2013.

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