Friday, June 17, 2016

Polly! Or Pollyanna if Pollyanna was a musical set in the South and dealt with racial relations...

PSA: Blogger's being weird and 1) not letting me add pictures to the top of this and 2) threatening to wreak havoc on this post so I'm just going to press publish and hope for the best! Sorry!

So this movie is sort of what it sounds like from the title but I promise it's better than you think it's gonna be!.(I mean I think it's better because I don't really like the Pollyanna with Hayley Mills) It's a Disney movie starring Rudy from the Cosby Show AND Mrs. Huxtable from the Cosby Show. Dabness from the Cosby Show and Vanessa from the Cosby Show's other boyfriend come in too. So basically it's a Cosby Show reunion!!!!

Anywho, the plot of Pollyanna, which this movie is based on, is pretty familiar. Happy girl comes and spreads happiness to every other miserable person in the miserable town run by a miserable aunt. And she reunites the miserable aunt with a not-so-miserable doctor. And we got prisms and old ladies who want coffins and a bazaar and cute 10 year old boys named Jimmy Bean and you-know-who meets Nancy behind the carriage house. Oh and pastors who let other people write their sermons!!!! (as a PK that's just like no. stop. please.)

So that's still the plot of Polly! EXCEPT because it's set in the American south of the 1960s, it also focuses a little on reuniting the two sides of the town, the white side and the black side. This makes for a different spin on a familiar story that's very enjoyable.

However, all these things are wonderful and good and so on, but the real thing is that this is a MUSICAL!!!!! So of course it's my favorite version! Now, some of the songs are horrid and have "wonderful" lip-syncing jobs, but a lot are catchy and dance-y and black gospel which is so amazing!!

Doctor Shannon and Polly sort of galvanize the town into actually doing stuff for itself, such as raising money for an orphanage and choosing to teach music and to write their own sermons. These sermons basically turn into giant Praise The Lord Jump and Shout Parties which is fine by me! That's actually one of my favorite song sequences. The other is Sweet Little Angel Eyes which involves a lot of tap dancing on a street corner after church. I also like Shine A Light because it is so stinkin' true and it has bluesy piano which is always a plus...

Umm the end of this movie is sort of confusing because the time changes without any visible scene cuts. But it's a sweet ending, so yeah. I love how the town helps Polly after the spoilery thingy that everyone who's seen Pollyanna knows because that shows that just because you help other people and make them happy doesn't mean you don't need help sometimes!

There IS a sequel to this movie called Polly Comin' Home, but I have yet to see it! Some of you would really enjoy this, some of you probably would not, but if you like musicals, the Cosby show, and the story of Pollyanna, check this out!


  1. Oooh, I've never heard of this movie before, but it looks adorable! I'll have to check it out! :D

    ~Lydia~ <3

  2. How intriguing! I'd never heard of this before, at all, and that doesn't happen often.

    1. That's so cool! You would think it would be at least a little more well-known because 1) Pollyanna and 2) all the Cosby show actors. We only know it because it came on the BYU channel that played old Disney movies. Your kids would enjoy it too!


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