A toyshop owner tells a little girl the story behind the two dolls she's fallen in love with. In Ragland, needles, thread, scissors and other sewing implements come to life to create the ... See full summary »
A toyshop owner tells a little girl the story behind the two dolls she's fallen in love with. In Ragland, needles, thread, scissors and other sewing implements come to life to create the rag dolls Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. On their way by toy camel to the Castle of Names, Raggedy Andy falls under the spell of a Spanish doll, breaking Raggedy Ann's heart. Andy hears of this and rushes to her side. Written by
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I had never seen this Fleischer studio featurette, until thank goodness for YouTube. This the first time that any animation studio animated the two rag dolls created by Johnny Gruelle: First it was this featurette; then Famous Studios animated two short starring just Raggedy Ann. Then in 1977, Richard Williams animated a musical feature starring Ann and Andy with the Camel with the Wrinkle Knees (who is also in this short). Then in 1978 and 1979, Chuck Jones animated to TV specials after the success of Rageddy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure, for Christmas and Halloween, and adding Raggedy Arthur the rag-dog.
The short begins with a little girl, who wanted to buy the "beautiful girl doll" (Raggedy Ann) that is in the toyshop window. But toyshop owner tells her that the two rag dolls must be sold together for a dollar; the dolls' right hands are sewed together. But the child didn't have enough money and the owner couldn't separate the dolls. So the toyshop owner tells the girl the story behind the two dolls. In Ragland, needles, thread, scissors and other sewing implements come to life to create Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. The paintbrush who painted the dolls' faces tells them in order to get their names, they must go to the Castle of Names, and they must hurry before sunset or they will nothing but rags for the rest of their lives. Outside, the two met the Camel with The Wrinkled Knees, who said he'll take them to the castle. But on their way to the Castle, Raggedy Andy falls under the alluring spell of a Spanish doll, breaking Raggedy Ann's candy heart. Ann was treated at the castle's hospital, and when the doctors said her broken heart is something doctors can not treat, the camel rushes out to find Andy. Meanwhile, in "Glover's Lane" the Spanish asked for Andy's name, but Andy said he doesn't have one; so she rejected him saying "You are just a nobody without a name." Luckily the camel found Andy (unexplained how), and Andy rides into Ann's hospital room with the certificates for their names. He then sings the title song, "Raggedy Ann," and then she wakes up, heart beating, and hugs Andy. They skip down a sort of wedding aisle and are sewn together at their right hands so that they can never be separated. At the end of the story, the little girl, understanding the story leaves for home, when the toyshop owner said "Just because I can't sell you one doll, doesn't mean I can't give you both of them," and gives the little girl the two dolls; she thanks him and walks home.
Overall, I love this cartoon, it's so rare, and a real heart warmer from Fleischer's...I still think it is just too bad about the studio, they could done a lot more, if given the chance.
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