The daughter of the last Russian Tsar, Nicolas II, Anastasia is found by two Russian con men, Dimitri and Vladimir, who seek the reward that her grandmother, the Dowager Empress Marie, promised to the ones who'll find her. But the evil mystic of the Tsar family, Rasputin, still wants the Romanov family to be destroyed forever. Written by
When Meg Ryan was offered the role of Anya, she could not decide if she wanted to accept it or not. Upon hearing of Ryan's indecision, Fox took an audio clip of Ryan talking in Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and created a short animated sequence of Anya speaking the lines. They sent the clip to Ryan, and she was so impressed that she changed her mind and accepted the role. See more »
When Anastasia breaks into the palace looking for Dimitri, she finds the place almost intact, along with many precious items such as plates, fine tapestries, candlesticks, furniture, and, most notably, a painting in which she recognizes herself. Actually,the Winter Palace - depicted in the movie, as it is the only one located in St. Petersburg - was stormed and looted in 1917 by Russian revolutionaries of everything valuable. Besides, all the paintings where slashed with bayonets and, from the river, the cruiser Aurora used the facade for target practice. Moreover, by 1927, when the action is supposed to take place, the Palace was rebuilt and was seat of the Hermitage Museum, so the conditions in which Anastasia finds the Palace, as shown in the movie, are impossible. See more »
Dowager Empress Marie:
There was a time, not very long ago, where we lived in an enchanted world of elegant palaces and grand parties. The year was 1916, and my son, Nicholas, was the czar of Imperial Russia.
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The first part of the initial set of the credits shows clips of the film. See more »
Finally, an animated film that not only lives up to the high standards set by Disney, but also surpasses them in some ways. My husband is a HUGE Disney fan/apologist/defender, and even he likes this one in spite of the fact that it is made by that "traitor" Don Bluth. ;-) I thought the animation in this movie was great, but that's not the main reason I enjoyed it. I really liked the storyline that is actually interesting to adults. Disney cartoons are great, but often I find myself bored with them after a while because they have the same theme over and over (teenager breaking out of their boring life by mixing with VIPs). ANASTASIA thankfully added more to the basic plot of growing up and moving on. The only complaint I have is that the villain (Rasputin) and his weirdo bat friend didn't seem to have much of a point in the film. I can easily forgive that though, since everything else was so great. Meg Ryan and John Cusack both did a wonderful job voicing their characters. Yeah, the history here is totally screwed up, but I guess I'm a pig-headed American because I have no trouble looking past that. Overall I give this a 8/10. Hats off to Don Bluth for crafting a wonderful bit of competition for the Mouse.
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