Largely directed by Richard Williams (before clashing with producers over film aspects and going over time and budget, “Raggedy Ann and Andy” centers around the noteworthy children’s doll and her brother on a whirlwind journey when Babette, a spunky French doll, has been kidnapped by an amorous pirate, The Captain. So Raggedy Ann and Andy set off during late at night to rescue the playroom’s newest member encountering bizzare landscapes and characters. —Forbidden D.B.
Involved in film animation from the young age of 12, Richard Williams’ international reputation as a true innovator grew so much that by 1990 he was voted “the Animator’s Animator” by a poll in the London Times, and a commentator for the New York Times has called Williams “miles ahead of anyone in the world of animation.” Williams’ work has spanned classic hand-animation style and incorporates contemporary computer animation methods.
In the late ’40s, Williams worked for both Disney and UPA studios, ultimately leaving for England in 1955 where he created his wonderful 33-minute animated film The Little Island (1958), which won the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film in 1959. This piece gained him immediate recognition as a professional and highly talented animator.
This was followed with A Lecture on Man and Love Me Love Me Love Me in 1962, Circus Drawings (1964), Diary of a Madman (1965), The Dermis Probe (1966), and… read more