Oh I agree!! I'm sorry, but Cathy Bates played the role the same as many previous Hannigans have. The basic, boring way...playing her as that mean ol' lady who hates her job. And I think Carol brought a brand new twist and made her seem like an actual person! I loved how she played an absolute drunk and how crazy she was...to me it seemed like Cathy was sort of one-dimensional, ya know? It seems like people either hate or love the '82 version, and they hate or love the Disney version. I respect both of them, as both have highly talented people in them. And maybe neither of them did "Annie" justice...but they both did bring a new level of attention to "Annie", which in the end was highly important, IMO.