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Annabelle's Wish (1997)

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A mute boy and a calf with the ability to speak form a deep friendship, learning what it means to love and sacrifice for another.


Roy Wilson


Dan Henderson (short story), Jane Baer | 13 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Randy Travis ... Adult Billy / Narrator (voice)
Jay Johnson ... Ears (voice)
Jerry Van Dyke ... Grandpa Baker (voice)
Jim Varney ... Mr. Gus Holder (voice)
Rue McClanahan ... Scarlett (voice)
Cloris Leachman ... Aunt Agnes (voice)
Aria Noelle Curzon ... Emily (voice)
James Lafferty ... Buster (voice)
Charlie Cronin Charlie Cronin ... Bucky (voice)
Jennifer Darling ... Star (voice)
Clancy Brown ... Lawyer / Sheriff (voice)
Stu Rosen Stu Rosen ... Doctor (voice)
Jerry Houser ... Slim (voice)
Brian Cummings ... Brewster (voice)
Mary Kay Bergman ... Hens (voice)


A mute boy and a calf with the ability to speak form a deep friendship, learning what it means to love and sacrifice for another.

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boy | mute | reindeer | wish | cow | See All (9) »


Wishes can come true.


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Release Date:

21 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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This is the second Christmas movie that Cloris Leachman'(Aunt Agnes) and Jim Varney (Mr. Gus Holder) have been in; the first one with Leachman being Prancer (1989) as Mrs. McFarland and the first one with Varney being Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) as Ernest P. Worrell. See more »


[talking about the bullies Bucky and Buster]
Emily: I hope Santa has nothing but dolls when he gets to their house.
[Billy nods, then suddenly looks shocked]
Emily: Well he's gotta leave them *something*.
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Spoofs Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) See more »


Tiny Dreamer (Music Box Theme)
Written by Steve Dorff and John Bettis
Performed by Nanci Griffith
Nanci Griffith appears courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
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Wonderful, extremely cute and touching
16 September 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I've always adored Christmas movies, from It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and The Snowman. Annabelle's Wish is another one of my favourites. It looks beautiful, the character designs are skillfully drawn and the backgrounds are colourful and fluid. The score is wonderfully whimsical, and the songs are catchy, while the writing is amusing and sweet and the story of friendship(always has been a great value) gives you that warm and cosy feeling as a Christmas movie should do and is genuinely touching without being sentimental. The characters are really likable, especially Annabelle, who is just adorable and you identify with her immediately. Billy also is enough to warm the heart. The voice acting from the likes of Kath Soucie, Jerry Van Dyke, Clancy Brown, Randy Travis and Cloris Leachman is very good. Overall, a cute, touching animation that is perfect for the Christmas season or if you want something very relaxing to watch. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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