Thursday, June 24, 2010

Will the sun still come out tomorrow for Annie?

The sun won't be coming out tomorrow for Annie -- at least not on the funny pages. For the first time in 86 years, the little red-headed orphan won't be hanging out on the comics pages next to Hagar the Horrible and Hi and Lois.

“Annie is not dying, she’s moving into new channels,” says her syndicator, who's aiming to launch the character into venues like graphic novels, games and in online and mobile projects.

Sure -- why not? Maybe it'd be OK to see the little moppet in an Annie-themed version of "Grand Theft Auto." For our money, though, nothing beats the 1982 big-screen flick, which mashed together all sorts of interesting folks, from Carol Burnett and future "Charles in Charge" charge April Lerman to "Gilmore Girls" grandpa Edward Herrmann and Geoffrey Holder, best known for his creepy 7-Up commericals: "Crisp and clean and no caffeine. Aaaa-ha-ha-haaaa!"

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