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Anastasia
Meg Ryan (Voice) and John Cusack (Voice)




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Based on the legend of the real-life daugher of the last Russian czar, ANASTASIA combines imaginative animation and lively songs to tell the story of a princess who escapes a horrible execution and mysteriously reappears after being thought dead. When a team of swindlers, Dimitri (John Cusack) and Vladimir (Kelsey Grammer), recruit Anya (Meg Ryan), a spunky amnesiac orphan, in their plot to defraud the Dowager Empress (Angela Lansbury) with a faux Romanov heir, little do they know their carefully coached fake is the real thing. But the resurgence of the long-lost Anastasia also attracts the attention of the scary Rasputin (Christopher Lloyd), who, with his hilarious sidekick, Bartok the bat (Hank Azaria), schemes to do in the last Romanov. Though much lighter (thankfully for children) than the 1956 Anatole Litvak-directed ANASTASIA adapted from Marcelle Maurette's play, this movie is still packed with thrills, chills, and romance. The first animated feature from 20th Century Fox, the film is directed by longtime collaborators Don Bluth and Gary Goldman.

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Overview

Based on the legend of the real-life daugher of the last Russian czar, ANASTASIA combines imaginative animation and lively songs to tell the story of a princess who escapes a horrible execution and mysteriously reappears after being thought dead. When a team of swindlers, Dimitri (John Cusack) and Vladimir (Kelsey Grammer), recruit Anya (Meg Ryan), a spunky amnesiac orphan, in their plot to defraud the Dowager Empress (Angela Lansbury) with a faux Romanov heir, little do they know their carefully coached fake is the real thing. But the resurgence of the long-lost Anastasia also attracts the attention of the scary Rasputin (Christopher Lloyd), who, with his hilarious sidekick, Bartok the bat (Hank Azaria), schemes to do in the last Romanov. Though much lighter (thankfully for children) than the 1956 Anatole Litvak-directed ANASTASIA adapted from Marcelle Maurette's play, this movie is still packed with thrills, chills, and romance. The first animated feature from 20th Century Fox, the film is directed by longtime collaborators Don Bluth and Gary Goldman.

Main Cast & Crew

Don Bluth - Director
Gary Goldman - Director
Meg Ryan (voice)
John Cusack (voice)
Kelsey Grammer (voice)
Christopher Lloyd (voice)
Kirsten Dunst (voice)
J.K. Simmons (voice)

 

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DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Icons Packaging)
  • Run Time: 94
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543263197
  • Genre: Childrens
  • Rating: G (MPAA)
  • Release Date: April 1998

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Movies > Childrens
Movies > Animated

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Reviews:
"...Finely executed animation....A charming film..." - 05/01/1998 Sight and Sound, p.41


"...Sumptuous....ANASTASIA is richly illustrated, a tony storybook..." -- 3 out of 4 stars - 11/14/1997 USA Today, p.6D


"...It is sumptuous to look at, and it never stands still.....[The filmmakers] have given the story a lilting rhythm and glittering surface of the most jewel-encrusted fairy tale..." - 11/14/1997 New York Times, p.E22


"...[An] enchanting fairy-tale....Pure family entertainment..." - 01/01/1998 Box Office, p.46


"...The action here is alive and energetic, and the train sequence is genuinely thrilling..." - 11/21/1997 Chicago Sun-Times, p.39

 

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