Anastasia 1997

Anastasia

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Beautiful animation, an affable take on Russian history, and strong voice performances make Anastasia a winning first film from Fox animation studios.

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The evil wizard Rasputin (Christopher Lloyd) puts a hex on the royal Romanovs and young Anastasia (Meg Ryan) disappears when their palace is overrun. Years later, the Grand Duchess (Angela Lansbury) offers a reward for Anastasia's return. Two scheming Russians (John Cusack, Kelsey Grammer), planning to pawn off a phony, hold auditions and choose an orphan girl with a remarkable resemblance to the missing princess. They bring her to Paris for the reward, not knowing she's the real Anastasia.

Cast & Crew

Meg Ryan
Anastasia
Voice
John Cusack
Dimitri
Voice
Kelsey Grammer
Vladimir
Voice
Christopher Lloyd
Rasputin
Voice
Hank Azaria
Bartok
Voice
Kirsten Dunst
Young Anastasia
Voice
Angela Lansbury
Dowager Empress Marie
Voice
Liz Callaway
Anastasia (singing)
Voice
Lacey Chabert
Young Anastasia (singing)
Voice
Don Bluth
Director
Maureen Donley
Executive Producer
Don Bluth
Producer
Stephen Flaherty
Original Music
David Newman
Original Music
Fiona Trayler
Film Editor
Bruce Graham
Screenwriter
Bob Tzudiker
Screenwriter
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Critic Reviews for Anastasia

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  • Jan 21, 2017
    I don't know exactly why it has taken me so long to view Anastasia. When I was a kid, these were the types of movies I lived on and Anastasia had I watched younger, would have most likely been one of those few I watched over and over. Now as a twenty-year old I was still enraptured in this film and its epic scope and dazzling music. It follows Disney's formula, while besting them occasionally at it, and tells an important and rather dark story built upon true events that are even darker. Anastasia as a character is a brilliant depiction of a strong, independent woman who is feminine but also fiery and harder-edged than typical princessess' from Disney during this time. The music is what ultimately sells this film. It is a full fledged musical with Broadway style dance numbers and hard hitting ballads. Stephen Flaherty composes some wonderful songs that lift the film when it starts to lag and his work in Broadway musicals such as Ragtime is evident in the films showstopping numbers. Minor flaws include a villain who seems disconnected from the main storyline at times and a slight pacing lag near the end. However, Anastasia is a film that gives Disney a run for its money. Rating: 82
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2013
    Not really among the best but beautiful nonetheless.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2013
    Though the pacing may be off at times--and some moments may feel like Disney-rip-offs--Anastasia is a very well-done animated film, and may arguably be the most stunning film of its genre to grace the silver screen. It also contains one of the most beautiful songs ever written for film: "Journey to the Past," and manages to brilliantly blur the line between animation and real-life. With mostly strong dialogue, thrilling sequences, and a powerful, moving story, Anastasia is a triumph.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2013
    From Don Bluth comes the enchanting animated film Anastasia. When the Grand Duchess offers a reward for her lost niece, Anastasia, a pair of charlatans in St. Petersburg attempt to cash in by getting a naive young girl to play the part, but they soon start to suspect that she could really be the lost princess. The cast is exceptional, and includes John Cusack, Meg Ryan, Christopher Lloyd, and Kelsey Grammer. The music is also excellent, with a number of charismatic and lyrical songs. However, the film tries to include some supernatural elements that don't quite work. A beautiful and vibrant film, Anastasia is delightfully entertaining.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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