Polly had to be my absolute favorite movie and musical when I was growing up. The movie, a Disney classic released in 1989, stars Keshia Knight Pulliam and Phylicia Rashad, better known as Rudy and Claire Huxtable. The story is about Polly Whittier who arrives in Harrington, Alabama in 1955 where she has been sent to live with her Aunt Polly, the richest black woman in the county. Her aunt is a very stern woman, and despite Polly's best efforts, refuses to warm up to her niece. The joyful orphan doesn't let it get to her and goes on to inspire the transformation of the dull town and its residents.
It had the best songs including, Angel Eyes, Stand Up, Rainbow Color Me and Sweeter. I had to have watched this everyday after school for at least a year! Polly is based on the 1960 Disney film "Pollyanna, " which starred Hayley Mills (also a pretty good film!). Be sure to search YouTube for other scenes from Polly which is very hard to find today in stores or on the internet.