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
[the music box]
Grand Empress Marie gave the music box to young Anastasia so that she'll have something to remember her by before she returns home to Paris. Only the two knew the music from the music box as it is the "Once Upon a December" lullaby that Marie sings to Anya at bedtime. That music box, as well as Anya's memorization of its music, were to proof to Marie that Anya is her long-lost granddaughter, Anastasia. See more »
Upon discovering Anya is really Anastasia, Vlad mentions they have found the 'heir to the Russian throne'. There was no Russian throne after Anastasia's father Nicholas II had abdicated, and the chances of the very unpopular monarchy being reinstated, especially considering the Communists were in power at that time, were practically zero. In addition, Anastasia could only rule if every other male Romanov, however distantly related to her father, were dead. 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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Clips of the characters shown are shown along with the names of their respective actors during the the beginning of the second part of the initial credits. 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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