On the Queen Mary, Warbucks is taken with Lady Hogbottom (Joan Collins), who orders her son Rupert (Crispin Bonham Carter) and his bumbling cohort Murphy (Perry Benson) to kidnap Dr. Eon and Annie. You see, Dr. Eon has invented Eonite , a miracle chemical that is used for purposes of good, but in the wrong hands … and Lady Hogbottom is definitely the wrong hands.
Little caper is perfect for the cartoony characters (after all, they are cartoons), but the telepic’s resolution is marred by the saccharine staging and singing of Annie’s signature song, the dreaded “Tomorrow.”
Johnson plays Annie with a wide-eyed spunkiness; the young actress possesses ability and playful hamminess beyond her years.
Collins is a pro, tearing up the scenery and delivering a wonderful villain.
Familiarity of characters — Annie and her friends portrayed here are the ones made famous in the play and feature film — aids viewers who might not have given this wholesome (and sometimes that can be a negative) family pic a look.
“Adventure’s” look and tech credits are tops.