Can We Talk About How Good The Original “Annie” Was?

The Jay-Z remake sounds promising, but it’s going to be tough to top the original.

1. If anyone can recapture the spirit of Little Orphan Annie, it’s Quvenzhane Wallis.

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That charm! That smile! That precociousness!

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2. We’re all rooting for her.

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3. But can we just take a moment and talk about how the original “Annie” was kind of perfect?

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4. Perfection.

These orphans FTW.

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5. I mean, this is just…

Ugh, feelings.

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6. Major props to Aileen Quinn, maybe the only non-annoying Annie ever?

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OK, less annoying Annie. Plucky young people are always a little bit irritating.

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7. It doesn’t get any better than Carol Burnett.

She is Miss Hannigan. Accept no substitutes.

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Got it?

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9. And it doesn’t get any better than Tim Curry and Bernadette Peters.

Tim effing Curry. Bernadette effing Peters. Come on now.

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10. Look, this isn’t even Bernadette’s finest role or anything, but it’s still amazing.

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The wig alone.

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11. And who could be cuter than the original Molly?

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Oh my goodness, oh my goodness.

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12. Lastly, it doesn’t get any better than the original Sandy.

Or maybe it does. I don’t know. But now I’m thinking about how that dog is long dead, which is a huge bummer.

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13. R.I.P. This dog.

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14. But don’t be sad! Quvenzhane is going to rock this remake.

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Have you seen her moves?

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15. She’s an even better choice than Willow Smith.

And I LOVE Willow Smith.

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16. Besides, you can always rent the original! (Or buy it. Just buy it.)

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It’s available on Blu-ray, in case you were wondering.

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17. And remember…

Do I even need to say it?

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20. Will do, Annie. Will do.

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