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Bartok the Magnificent (1999)

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The lovable bat Bartok goes on his own adventure and meets a pink snake, a dapper bear, a prince, and a evil witch trying to rule all of Russia

Directors:

Don Bluth, Gary Goldman

Writer:

Jay Lacopo
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hank Azaria ... Bartok (voice)
Kelsey Grammer ... Zozi (voice)
Andrea Martin ... Baba Yaga (voice)
Catherine O'Hara ... Ludmilla (voice)
Tim Curry ... The Skull (voice)
Jennifer Tilly ... Piloff (voice)
Phillip Van Dyke ... Ivan (voice)
Diedrich Bader ... Vol (voice)
Liz Callaway ... Ensemble cast
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kelly Marie Berger Kelly Marie Berger ... Little Girl (voice)
Ted Brunetti Ted Brunetti ... Actor
Zach Charles ... Little Boy (voice) (as Zachary Charles)
Danny Mann Danny Mann ... Head Cossack (voice)
John Schiappa John Schiappa ... (singing voice)
Glenn Shadix ... Townspeople (voice)
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Storyline

Russia is being terrorized by an evil witch known as Baba Yaga; the only one who is not afraid of her is Bartok the Magnificent. Bartok, an albino bat, has just arrived in Moscow and is impressing everyone with his performances, including Prince Ivan Romanov. However, one person is not impressed; Ludmilla finds Bartok annoying and naive. After Bartok's show, a violent bear suddenly attacks. Bartok must save everyone by stunning the bear with dust and then knocks him over and traps him in a wagon. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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The lovable hero from Anastasia is back!


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bartok le magnifique See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Animation Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Bartok mentions performing once for Ivan the Terrible (Ivan IV), which leaves some doubt as to which Russian monarch Prince Ivan is meant to be. Ivan V was the handicapped brother of Peter the Great and had no real power as ruler. Ivan VI was deposed and imprisoned by his cousin Elizabeth when he was one year old, and eventually died in prison. The Prince Ivan of this movie, who is mentioned as a member of the Romanov dynasty, is a fictional Tsar. He is possibly based on Tsar Michael, the first Romanov Tsar, who was made ruler at the age of seventeen. This would place the movie's setting somewhere between 1601 and 1613. See more »

Goofs

One of Baba Yaga's jars misspells "desiccated" as "dessicated". See more »

Quotes

[singing]
Bartok: Bartok, the magnificent, the specifically terrifically magnificent! A mammal so inflammable he saved the day, thanks to B-A-R-T-O-K!
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Not as good as Anastasia but still entertaining!
9 February 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Anastasia is my personal favourite Don Bluth movie, but this film actually does it justice if not as good.

The animation is mostly good, bright and colourful, that falls a tad flat in the scarier bits. The story is a bit noisy, but well told, considering that the film itself is too short. The dialogue is good, the best coming from Zozi, and the morals are admirable.

The songs are quite good, but not as beautiful as Anastasia. All of them are lively, and atmospheric, but could have been better timed. The voice talents are impeccable, Bartok is a little annoying but Hank Azaria voices him well, but Kelsey Grammar is perfect as Zozi. Andrea Martin is convincing as Baba Yaga, and Catherine O'Hara is a suitably over the top villain, a bit too OTT perhaps. Tim Curry is also very good as the skull who was brilliantly animated, and Jennifer Tilly is great as Pilaf .

An entertaining movie! Look out for it! 7/10. Bethany Cox


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