Annie 1982: Pushing Societal Ideals

When watching the 1982 version of Annie, a conversation between Annie and the youngest orphan, Molly, stood out to me. In this scene, Molly is saddened by the thought of having no parents. Annie responds by telling her that she will soon have a family, because people want to adopt a girl with brown hair and brown eyes like Molly has. This scene made me think of The Bluest Eye, in which blue eyes and blond hair are considered the most desirable traits, and exemplified how Annie pushes the boundaries of societal ideals. She is an orphan, has messy red hair, doesn’t like to do housework, and speaks her mind. She is a strong little girl that sets an example for the children in her audience to also be confident in their identity, no matter what their situations may be.

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