Raggedy Ann & Andy’s Holiday Adventure on Blu-ray in 720p HD
This is a collection of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy cartoons/specials, all have been cleaned, enhanced and upscaled to 720p HD. This includes both versions of The Pumpkin Who Couldn’t Smile, The Great Santa Claus Caper.
The screenshots are taken from a 60″ LCD TV playing on a standard Blu-ray player. Set come with a interactive menu so you can easily navigate to each special with chapter skips and a play all feature to play the whole disc.
-The Pumpkin Who Couldn’t Smile:
Raggedy Ann (June Foray), Andy (Daws Butler) and their dog, Raggedy Arthur, noticed how cruel their neighbor Aunt Agatha (Foray) is and how sad her nephew Ralph (Steven Rosenberg) is on Halloween but realized that Aunt Agatha had a Scrooge-like attitude towards the holiday. At first, the Raggedeys seem upset with how Aunt Agatha treats her nephew and think that she’s really mean to treat him in such a way by not allowing Ralph to go trick or treating with the rest of the children in the neighborhood. However, they come up with an idea on how to make Ralph happy. Raggedy Ann reasons that if there’s an unhappy little boy where they live, then there must be an unhappy pumpkin somewhere out there waiting for a little boy. The Raggedeys set out to find the pumpkin who’s just right for Ralph. The abandoned pumpkin in the pumpkin patch (Les Tremayne) is very gloomy and emits pumpkin seeds as tears every time he weeps. The only way to cheer up the sad pumpkin is to bring it to Ralph as a gift and then convince Aunt Agatha to change her Scrooge-like ways on Halloween by recalling to her in her sleep that Agatha (or Aggie, as she was known as a child) and a witch costume that Agatha wore and loved as a child. Agatha wakes up realized that she was wrong on not allowing Ralph to go trick or treating and discovering Ralph and the now smiling pumpkin in his room greats the pumpkin. The movie ends with Aunt Agatha putting on a witches’ hat and carrying a broom while Ralph wears a pirate’s costume with the now smiling pumping in tow surprising the neighbors as both Aunt Agatha and Ralph merrily go trick or treating together and Aunt Agatha finding a newfound joy for the Halloween season.
-The Great Santa Claus Caper:
Inventor and “in”-efficiency expert Alexander Graham Wolf, who looks and sounds like Wile E. Coyote, is planning to take over Santa’s workshop. Overhearing this, Comet, one of Santa’s reindeer, asks Raggedy Ann, Raggedy Andy, and their dog Raggedy Arthur to help her because they’re easy to carry and aren’t bothered by cold weather.
At the factory, Alexander is using a machine to encase all the toys in blocks of a transparent and unbreakable substance called gloopstik (made by the Gloopstik Corporation), to ensure that they’ll last forever, even though the children won’t be able to play with them. He then intends to charge the children for the gloopstik-encased toys and become rich.
After arriving the Raggedies soon meet Alexander and he tries to interest them with his machine. At first Andy is intrigued by the idea, but Ann thinks that it’s awful. However, when Alexander uses his machine to encase Arthur both Raggedies become angry. Andy demands that Alexander change their dog right back. Within minutes Alexander tries to do so to Andy and has the claw grab him and toss him in the machine while Ann furiously protests and orders Alexander to put Andy down. When he tries to do so to Ann, Andy (who is unharmed) climbs out of the top of the machine and when he sees Alexander chasing Ann, he gets really angry and takes control of the machine. He then encases Alexander in a Christmas tree-shaped block. Ann and Andy laugh until Alexander tells them that gloopstik is unbreakable. At which point they become really worried, and run, hug and tell Arthur that they still love him even though he’s stuck. Then the block disintegrates and the Raggedys realize that love is the one thing that can destroy the gloopstik. Breaking the fourth wall, they ask all the children at home to shout “LOVE”, which causes all the gloopstik blocks to fall apart, including the one in which Alexander’s trapped. Having learned his lesson, Alexander destroys his machine (by pushing a button that causes it to consume itself) and leaves the workshop, just before Santa wakes up.
-A Christmas Adventure
Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy try to save Christmas.
Accidentally abandoned by their owner, Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy must trek through the snowy tundra to make it home in time for Christmas.
-The Snowden, Holiday Show (Live Action)
Snowden and Doc arrive at a festive clearing with their caravan of performers, who begin to get ready for the big holiday show. Doc bugs Snowden to tell him why the ballerina is there when she’s so antisocial, and who will be chosen as the big star of the show, but Snowden never says a word (and never speaks during the special’s entirety. They’re interrupted by the arguing of two kids, Andrew and Annie, who don’t know how they got there. Doc shows them the caravan is filled with Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, and the magic mirror they use to grant kids’ wishes. Only, the mirror seems to be broken, so Andrew tries to help Doc out.
They get the mirror working, which shows them children whose wishes need to be answered. In it they see a little girl in the 1940’s, who wishes to go to New York City and be a follies dancer. Her Raggedy Ann comes to life, done with animation, and pulls her into her suitcase and through the mirror. Snowden and Doc grant her wish, and she gets to dance in a large Rockettes-style musical number on the ice.
The mirror can only show them one child at once, so they’re still attempting to fix it. Next it shows them a kid in a more modern time (well, for the 80’s) who wishes he could play the drums in his school band, but is stuck with the triangle. The Raggedy Andy on shirt comes to life and the boy is whisked off through the mirror to perform on the drums was the ensemble does another dance number.
The caravan of performers go to sleep, with only the ballerina and Snowden staying awake. Snowden brings one of the Raggedy Ann dolls on the caravan to life, and her and the ballerina have a number together.
In the morning, Andrew is messing with the mirror again. This time it takes them to the 50’s, where a kid’s parents are complaining that he plays his Elvis records far too loud. His Andy doll, who looks a lot like the King himself, comes to life and brings both the boy and his parents through the mirror, where they do an Elvis-inspired number. Annie and Andrew are messing around the mirror when they accidentally go right through it into an endless hall of mirrors, but they soon escape. It gives Andrew an idea to fix the magic mirror, and it now allows dozens of kids and their dolls through to share in the celebration. The siblings end up being the stars of the big show, and do a dance number together with backup dancers dressed as Ann and Andy dolls.
-A Musical Adventure
A little girl named Marcella returns home from school one day and immediately rushes upstairs to her nursery playroom to put away Raggedy Ann, her favorite doll. When Marcella leaves, the various toys in the playroom come to life, and Ann tells them of the wonders of the outside world (“What Do I See?”). She then shares the news that it is Marcella’s seventh birthday, and the toys notice a large package in the corner, presumably a present for her. Ann’s brother Raggedy Andy is trapped under the package, and, once freed, complains about the feminine nature of the nursery (“No Girl’s Toy”). Marcella opens the present to reveal a beautiful bisque doll from France named Babette. Ann leads the toys in welcoming Babette to their nursery (“Rag Dolly”), but she is too homesick for Paris to accept their greeting (“Poor Babette”). Meanwhile, Captain Contagious, a ceramic pirate who lives in a snow globe, notices Babette and is immediately smitten (“A Miracle”). After tricking Ann into freeing him, he kidnaps Babette and leaps out the nursery window with his crew (“The Abduction/Yo Ho!”). Ann decides to rescue Babette, with Andy volunteering to accompany her.
Ann and Andy leave the playroom and enter the woods, where they reaffirm their courage and love for one another while exploring (“Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers”). As the dolls travel, they come across the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees, a blue stuffed animal who has been abandoned by his previous owners (“Blue”) and regularly envisions a ghostly caravan of camels beckoning him to an unknown home. Ann promises that once they find Babette, he may return with them. With Ann and Andy in tow, the Camel chases down the caravan and blindly rushes off a cliff. They find themselves in the Taffy Pit, where an enormous sentient blob of candy known as the Greedy lives. The Greedy explains that, despite endlessly eating the various delicacies that compose his body, he never feels satisfied, as he lacks a “sweetheart” (“I Never Get Enough”). He thus attempts to take the candy heart sewn inside of Ann, but the toys successfully escape his lair.
During a moment of rest, the toys encounter the obnoxious knight Sir Leonard Looney, who welcomes them to the realm of Looney Land, the source of the world’s practical jokes (“I Love You”). Looney pursues the toys through Looney Land and into the court of its diminutive monarch King Koo Koo. Koo Koo laments his tiny stature (“It’s Not Easy Being King”) and explains that the only way he can grow is by laughing at the expense of others. He thus intends to keep the toys his prisoners so they may keep him laughing; in the event that the toys lose their comedic value, they face transformation into one of the many giggling robotic inhabitants that clutter his court. The dolls escape this fate by triggering a large fight with cream pies, then slipping away and fleeing Looney Land in a boat. The furious King Koo Koo follows them with the aid of an enormous sea monster named Gazooks.
While sailing, Ann, Andy and the Camel notice Contagious’ pirate ship and eagerly board, only to discover that Babette has staged a mutiny and made herself the new captain to return to Paris (“Hooray for Me!”) while imprisoning Contagious in the galley with only his pet parrot Queasy for company (“You’re My Friend”). When Ann tries to tell Babette that she must go back to Marcella, the French doll becomes enraged and has the trio tied to the mast. Meanwhile, Queasy successfully unlocks Contagious’ shackles, and he returns above deck, freeing the other dolls and pledging his love for Babette. Before she can respond, King Koo Koo and Gazooks attack the ship and seize all but Ann, Babette, and Queasy to subject them to tickle torture, making the monarch swell to mammoth proportions. Babette sees that her selfishness has endangered everyone and begs forgiveness, only for her and Ann to be captured and tickled as well. The dolls realize that King Koo Koo’s literally-inflated ego is “full of hot air” and Andy tells Queasy to pop him, which creates a massive explosion that sends them spiraling through space.
The next morning, Marcella discovers the dolls and toys lying among the leaves in her backyard, having been presumably blown back there by the force of Koo Koo’s demise. She returns all but the Camel to the nursery, where Babette apologizes for her actions and accepts both Ann’s offer of friendship and Contagious’ affections. The heroes are happy to be back in the playroom (“Home”), and Ann notices the Camel gazing at them through the window. The dolls eagerly welcome him to their family and express joy at being together once more (“Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers Reprise”). The next day, Marcella finds the Camel among the dolls and, after a moment’s confusion, hugs him tightly, accepting him as her newest friend.
-Noveltoon: The Enchanted Square
Collection of classic Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy cartoons.
Standard Blu-ray player: This has the highest playback of all options. I recommend this option if available to you – please make sure your Blu-ray player is fully updated for the best playback experience.
PlayStation 3: I have tested my sets on my PS3, I have a generation 1 FAT model with a firmware of 4.43 and it plays fine. Remember that playback of PS3 is determined by the version of the system and the update you’re on.
PlayStation 4: This has the highest playback of the PlayStation systems. Quality of playback is determined by the version of the system and the update you are currently on. Make sure your system is fully updated for the best playback.
Xbox One: Based on customers reports Xbox has the lowest playback of all game systems. There are some ways to improve playback by updating the system and making sure the Blu-ray app in the system has the newest update. Playback is determined by the version of the system and the update you’re on.
All of this information is based on customer reports and personal experience. I would urge you to go through my feedback to see other customers experiences with playback. Many customers have had great success playing these on game systems. I put this here to be open and honest with you so you can have the best experience possible.
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