“I’m just a little rag doll with a candy heart.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
— is mostly uneven, and often reminiscent of the quality of weekend television shows. Neither the cloyingly sweet Ann nor her brother Andy ever emerges as a fully developed character:
… and it’s hard to feel much motivation for Babette’s rescue, given that she’s clearly a spoiled diva and not really worthy of our sympathies.
With that said, adult viewers may be amused by the rather substantial undercurrent of “mature” themes hidden in the story and its characters — including the Pirate’s face-reddening and mustache erection whenever he thinks about Babette:
Ann and Andy’s overly “friendly” sister-brother relationship (“Candy hearts and paper flowers/Will always keep me close to you”):
Andy’s insistence that he’s “no girl’s toy”; and the Camel’s hilariously drug-like hallucinations.
Indeed, many on IMDb’s (now-defunct) message board for the movie have commented that it gave them nightmares as kids. Note that you’re likely to either be completely annoyed or morbidly fascinated by the obnoxious “Penny” twins (Margery Gray and Lynne Stuart), who pop up as a freaky Greek Chorus every five minutes or so during the first portion of the film:
… but mercifully disappear once Ann and Andy are off on their adventure.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: