Anastasia, Anastasia movie review, Movie Review, Rilm Review

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This may very well be the end of the monopoly that Disney has had in the animated world. When Don Bluth and Gary Goldman decided to do this story, it seemed unlikely for an animated feature. What with engaging lovers, detestable villains and animals that are too cute for words, you really have the Disney formula hard at work at another studio. The irony is that both have in the past worked at Disney.

The Russian Czar Nicholas II, whose family was massacred, but it was believed that the youngest daughter Anastasia survived. For those of us who remember Ingrid Bergman's performance in the flick by the same name, if I am not mistaken it brought her an Academy Award, it is nice that Bluth and Goldman have retold the tale again adding a never never-land that typifies the grandeur and beauty of Russia. The biggest thing going for this Anastasia are the excellent voices assemble to give all the animated characters their believability. From the young Anastasia, Kirsten Dunst, to the delightful older Anya, Meg Ryan, to her romance with Dimitri, John Cusack, who at least in this one we don't have to see him. His buddy Vladimir, Kelsey Grammer.

Rasputin is resurrected for more evil doing, in the voice of Christopher Lloyd; it seems he wants vengeance on every one of the Romanovs. Bernadette Peters and Angela Lansbury lend their vocals admirably. It is Hank Azaria as the albino bat that will delight audiences, especially the kids, who are not that steeped in the Russian history. The music serves the story well; however, no one will leave the theatre doing "Whistle While You Work" or "Someday My Prince Will Come". Still, as entertainment, it is a colorful snow cone that melts in your memory deliciously.


20th Century Fox
Rated: G

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Original Date Sunday 23 November 1997
Updated Sunday 23 November 1997