Annie is a tv episode released by Disney in 1999.
In 1933-(during the Great Depression), 11-year-old orphan Annie was left on her own at an all girls' orphanage 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'd come back for her. The orphanage is run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. 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 a policeman catches her and returns her back to the orphanage. When billionaire Oliver Warbucks decides to take in an orphan for Christmas, his secretary, Grace Farrell, chooses Annie. She is brought to his wealthy estate and bathes in a grand life.
Although at first uncomfortable with Annie, Warbucks is soon charmed by her. He desperately wants to adopt Annie, but Annie still wants to find her real parents, so she announces on the radio a $50,000 reward for anybody who can prove they're her biological parents. The orphans accidentally tell Miss Hannigan and she, her ex-con 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). When Lily proves to be too risky for the scheme, Miss Hannigan takes over as "Annie's mother".
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 quote "WE LOVE YOU MISS HANNIGAN" as Miss Hannigan tries to run by Lily. While fleeing from the orphans, Miss Hannigan and Rooster are intercepted upon the arrival of President Franklin D. Roosevelt along with his Secret Service. The President reads the papers that identifies Miss Hannigan, Rooster, and Lily while also mentioning the aliases of the latter two. Rooster and Lily are both arrested by the Secret Service as Rooster tells Lily that she loused up. Miss Hannigan lies that the scheme was Rooster's idea, then tries to convince Annie to vouch for her to avoid being arrested, but Annie says she would and states that Miss Hannigan taught her to "never tell a lie". This causes Miss Hannigan to lose her sanity and she is carted off to a lunatic asylum with Rooster and Lily also being escorted out of the mansion to jail.
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 Warbucks officially takes her in as one of his own. The President ensures a happy ending for all as he promises that each of the orphans will be adopted by a stable and happy family. Warbucks and Grace become engaged, and Annie lives happily with her new parents.
- As mentioned above Annie is 11 years old.
- Anna Kendrick auditioned for this version of Annie.
- Kristin Chenoweth was able to go to the final parts of the audition. But got turned down due to her southern accent being too thick.
- This version is very similar to the Broadway. The only difference was the additional reprises and the Broadway has more songs.
- Annie was born in 1922 in this version, as well as the novel.
- Like the novel, this version took place in year 1933.
- The following actor connections are made in past and future media:
- Kathy Bates (Miss Hannigan) and Victor Garber (Oliver Warbucks) played historical characters in Titanic two years earlier.
- Victor Garber and Kristen Chenoweth (Lily St. Regis) would later portray characters in another stage musical's TV film adaptation, this time being of The Music Man, in which he plays the mayor, and she plays Marian the Librarian.
- Sarah Hyland (Molly) and Ernie Sabella (Mr. Bundles) would later voice Tiifu (pilot film and season 1 only) and Pumbaa (as usual) in The Lion Guard.