In the year nineteen seventy-seven, there was an animated Raggedy Ann movie that came out. It is called “Raggedy Ann and Andy: The Musical Adventure.” It tells the story of rag doll Raggedy Ann, her brother Raggedy Andy and a bunch of other kids’ toys that come to life when their child owner Marcella is not in the room. The scenes in which the toys are not alive are filmed with live actors and actual toy props, and the ones in which the toys come to life are fully animated. Mix in a basic plot and some original music, and you have “Raggedy Ann and Andy: The Musical Adventure.” I used to watch this movie all the time as a child in the nineteen eighties when the Disney Channel would show it.
Back in December, I was able to find a digital copy of it on the internet. It was NOT a pirated version because to promote digital piracy would just be wrong. ::WINK:: Yarr. Anyway, I acquired said digital copy of “Raggedy Ann and Andy: The Musical Adventure” and watched it. That is one acid trip of a movie. Seriously, the people who made that movie had to be on some hard drugs during the production process!
What I mean is that it contains a lot of surreal elements such as a large, talking taffy pit…
…a camel plush doll with occasional fits of hallucination…
…and a room in a palace in which one can only speak in horn honking sounds.
To elaborate on this movie’s trippy qualities, let me inform you that I have always had an affinity for the bizarre, surreal, weird and strange. Seldom have I been able to see something of such an unusual caliber that I have felt the need to distance myself from it. Well, there is something in “Raggedy Ann and Andy: The Musical Adventure” that is so odd that it makes me feel afraid and uncomfortable. Make of it what you will.
It is a good movie, though. Where this movie really shines is with the animation and special effects. All the characters are drawn well, and the animation is very fluid and smooth. From what I understand, nowadays, animation is handled by teams. At least one team of individuals, but not many more than two, will be responsible for animating all elements of an animated film. What makes this film unique over other ones is that each individual character was animated by a different person. This adds a great degree of attention, creativity and personality to the film as a whole. Credit is given to each animator during the film’s opening credits. As for the film’s special effects, the scenes in which the toys transition from lifeless toys to living beings are magical. I wish there was a clearer way to describe these scenes and to do so without the use of adjectives, but I honestly am not able to describe it otherwise. Magical. I encourage you to watch the film and see for yourself.
To summarize, I will reiterate that “Raggedy Ann and Andy: The Musical Adventure” is a good movie. It is appropriate for its target audience (children) and adults will enjoy it as well for its technical (and psychedelic) qualities. I close this review by giving the movie the following original tagline: “Like ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ for youngsters.”