There’s something that feels wrong about taking your lunch to school in an Annie lunchbox. Who could possibly enjoy eating a homemade peanut butter and jelly sandwich while a starving orphan and her dirty mutt are staring at you? Technically I suppose this picture was taken after Annie had been adopted by Daddy Warbucks, whose smug look reminds you that while you’re sippin’ Kool-Aid from a thermos, he’s and Annie are dining at a table bigger than your house. Take that, Sloppy Joe.
After over 85 years, today will be the last day of the classic comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie”. While Annie has dwindled in comic popularity over the years. She managed to stay relevant by expanding into Radio, theater and of course movies. In recent years most papers stopped carrying the classic strip, but others like the New York Daily News (who have carried the strip since it started in 1924), have held on and kept her alive. Now who will defeat those pesky South Seas Pirates? Orphan Annie — you will be missed, but never forgotten.
I saw Annie multiple times in the theater AND watched it 100s of time on cable. I am a sucker for a musical and an orphan. I did draw the line at collecting the toys, but I did really want them (still kinda do).