Cinema: Suspended Animation

RAGGEDY ANN & ANDY

Directed by RICHARD WILLIAMS Screenplay by PATRICIA THACKRAY and MAX WILK

As the little girl leaves her playroom, the camera dwells on the dolls left behind: Raggedy Ann, Barney Beanbag, Susie Pincushion and the rest. There is a shimmer of music, the photography dissolves to animation, the dolls come alive and begin talking to one another—surely a child's fantasy about what dolls do behind closed doors. Later, when the little girl returns, the dolls resume their still-life poses, and the animation dissolves back to reality.

Unfortunately for Raggedy Ann &...

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