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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 first feature from the 20th Century-Fox animation unit in Phoenix, Arizona, this is the ninth film produced and directed by the Don Bluth/Gary Goldman duo (An American Tail) and the first animated feature to be made in CinemaScope since Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959). This $50 million animated fantasy retells the story of Anastasia, daughter of Czar Nicholas, beginning with her childhood in 1916 Russia. After Rasputin's curse on the Romanovs, little Anastasia is separated from her grandmother, the Dowager Empress Maria. After growing up in an orphanage, Anastasia emerges as a young woman called Anya. With no clear memory of her youth, Anya encounters entrepreneurs who seek an Anastasia look-alike in hopes of collecting a reward in Paris from the aged Dowager Empress. Despite demonic interference from Rasputin, the three travel to Paris where another problem awaits: the Dowager Empress is now skeptical of the parade of impostors.

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Meg Ryan
as Anastasia
John Cusack
as Dimitri
Kirsten Dunst
as Young Anastasia
Angela Lansbury
as Dowager Empress Marie
Liz Callaway
as Singing Voice of Anastasia
Andrea Martin
as Phlegmenkoff/Old Woman
Debra Mooney
as Actress
Arthur Malet
as Travelling Man/Major Domo
Charity James
as Anastasia Imposter
Lacey Chabert
as Singing Voice of Young Anastasia
Jim Cummings
as Singing Voice of Rasputin
Jonathan Dokuchitz
as Singing Voice of Dimitri
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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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