The Knickerbocker dolls were introduced in the 1960’s and were dressed in old-fashioned gingham and calico fabrics, had cloth bodies, red and white striped legs, and an “I love you” message printed over their hearts. In 1979, The Applause Toy Company, a division of Knickerbocker, created the dolls with embroidered faces, though there was one version with button eyes-just like Marcella’s original doll. Inside each doll was a magic peddle for Ann or a wishing stick for Andy, which you could feel when you hugged the dolls tightly. Both items originated in the duo’s storybook days.
Ann finally made it to the big screen in 1977, in the animated feature film, Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure. The film was adapted into a Broadway musical in 1986. She also appeared in two Chuck Jones-directed animated television specials – Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Great Santa Claus Caper (1977) and Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Pumpkin Who Couldn’t Smile (1978). And, like any beloved animated character, she finally got a Saturday Morning cartoon in 1988, with The Adventures of Raggedy Ann and Andy, which enjoyed a four-season run.
Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls continue to be huge collector’s items and the characters are still charming new generations of children. Their faces can be seen on everything from wallpaper to tea sets to comics to doll house miniatures. Sure, they may seem a little raggedy to some, but despite the humble beginnings, it’s clear that Ann and Andy have done quite well for themselves, all things considered.