Raggedy: The Magical Legacy of Johnny Gruelle (2013) TV-G · 26min · Documentary, Short · 6 June 2013
On June 14, 2009 hundreds of people, including a Japanese tour group, descend upon a normally subdued Midwestern town to bid farewell to the Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum. This collection now has a new home at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York where the siblings will sit amongst their peers in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The transition is bittersweet; dedicated fans from all over the world have made the pilgrimage to Arcola, Illinois for 20 years to participate in the Annual Raggedy Ann & Andy Festival. Not only are these fans honoring the legacy of these American cultural icons, they also pay tribute to their creator, the illustrator Johnny Gruelle. This documentary delves into the artistic origins of the Gruelle family and brings to light many of the little known stories and facts surrounding these two icons that came to be loved by millions. The audience will get to witness and understand the connection that so many have with Johnny Gruelle's lovable creations. Cameras roll as these fans gather at the museum for possibly the last time. They recant their stories and share their feelings about the end of an era. Interviews with Joni Gruelle and her husband Tom bring history to life through family photographs and nostalgic stories of the past and present. - Written by Common Sense Films
Director(s): Rob Hill
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