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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bartok le magnifique See more »

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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 »

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Piloff: Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!
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Finally, A Direct-To-Video Sequel That Does The Predecessor Justice.

In this follow-up to ANASTASIA, the title character (and most of the others) are gone, so I can only suppose that BARTOK THE MAGNIFICENT portrays the future of the Romanoff family (Prince Ivan looks like he could be Dimitri's grandson or something). Bartok, after the demise of Rasputin, now works in his own two-man circus act that reinacts his fictitious heroic deeds. After Prince Ivan is kidnapped by the evil witch Baba Yaga, the gullible people of Moscow force Bartok (whom they totally believe to be the real McCoy) and his supposedly dead bear friend, Zozi, to rescue him from the evil witch.

When I first saw this on the shelf, I was dismayed. I was horrified that they were going to ruin ANASTASIA. Thankfully, my fears were dispelled as soon as I heard and saw the opening sequence telling the tale of Baba Yaga. The animation is smooth, flowing, and the lip-synching actually works. The voice of Kelsey Grammer for Zozi fits like Mickey's glove; you can tell Zozi is Frasier. The use of CGI in certain places, normally backgrounds and inanimate objects, is a good touch. The story isn't quite as poignant as ANASTASIA: this time 'round, Bluth and co. have opted for a comedy in the form of BARTOK THE MAGNIFICENT. If you liked ANASTASIA, certainly watch BARTOK THE MAGNIFICENT, if you didn't like ANASTASIA, watch it anyway! It will be worthwhile.


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