Lets Watch: Annie 1982 vs Annie 2014

On December 19, 2014 a modernized Annie was released in theatres. Annie was adapted from a broadway musical of the same name by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan which in turn is based on the 1924 comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray. Annie 1982 was directed by John Huston and scripted by Carol Sobieski. The film was set during the Great Depression and tells the story of little red-headed orphan Annie from New York City who is taken in by America’s richest billionaire Oliver Warbucks. In this version, Annie was played by Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney plays Oliver Warbucks, Carol Burnett as Miss Agatha Hannigan, and Ann Reinking as Grace Farrell. Annie 2014 was directed by the original writer of Annie, Will Gluck, and scripted by the same people of Annie 1982. It is set in modern day Harlem and also tells the story of little orphan Annie Bennett whom is taken in by a cell phone mogul and owner of Stacks Mobile, Will Stacks, whom is running for mayor. Gone is the curly, red haired, freckled face girl that everyone knows as Annie, instead, Annie is a chubby face African American girl with gigantic hair, Quvenzhane Wallis. Oliver Warbucks was replaced by Will Stacks, played by actor, singer/songwriter, and comedian Eric Marlon Bishop, better known as Jamie Foxx. Mr. Stacks is a wealthy man running for mayor and is not in good standing with the people so he temporarily adopts Annie to get the people to like him, just as Mr. Warbucks did in 1982 Annie. Cameron Diaz plays Miss Colleen Hannigan, and Rose Byrne plays Grace Farrell. Annie 2014 was produced by rapper, record-producer, and entrepreneur Jay-Z and by actor, producer, and rapper Will Smith. The new Annie features name changes and obvious character changes, but the most important aspects stay the same, the storyline and the dog Sandy. Annie is still the same high-spirited orphan who just wants a family. The same fan favorite songs are also featured in Annie 2014 like Overture, Maybe, It’s the Hard Knock Life, Tomorrow, I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here, Little Girls, The City’s Yours, Opportunity, Easy Street, Who Am I, and I Don’t Need Anything But You.

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