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Anastasia (1997)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Meg Ryan Anya/Anastasia Nicholaevna Romanov (voice)
John Cusack Dimitri (voice)
Kelsey Grammer Vladimir (voice)
Christopher Lloyd Rasputin (voice)
Hank Azaria Bartok the Bat (voice)
Bernadette Peters Sophie (voice)
Kirsten Dunst Young Anastasia (voice)
Angela Lansbury Dowager Empress Marie Fyodorovna (voice)
Rick Jones Czar Nicholas Romanov II/Servant/Revolutionary Soldier/Ticket Agent (voice)
Andrea Martin Comrade Phlegmenkoff/Old Woman (voice)
Movie Details
Genre Animation; Adventure; Comedy; Drama; Family; Fantasy; Musical
Director Don Bluth; Gary Goldman
Producer Don Bluth; Gary Goldman
Writer Susan Gauthier; Bruce Graham
Studio 20th Century Fox
Language English
Audience Rating G (General Audience)
Running Time 94 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 6.3
Stomping out their usual cuteness and carbon copying Disney's grand animation style to a T, directors Don Bluth and Gary Goldman (An American Tail) create a successful musical comedy from the story of the lost Russian princess. Adapting the story of imperialism and revolution is tricky, and subsequently the film's opening is weak. Once Anya (voiced by Meg Ryan, sung by Liz Callaway) is a teenager and on her own (suffering from some degree of amnesia), the film is quite pleasing though never refreshingly new.

Twentieth Century Fox's big-money gamble to horn in on Disney's realm is worthy. The songs, especially the recurrent "Once Upon a December," by Broadway team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty are better than Disney's recent efforts. It's worth picking up the soundtrack. The mix of cell animation and computer work is vivid. The collection of vocal talent is also strong, from John Cusack (as Dimitri, who wants to earn the reward by bringing Anya to Paris) to Hank Azaria as an amusing albino bat. Kelsey Grammer helps turn a roly-poly sidekick into a warm and strong supporting character.

The biggest drawback is Bluth/Goldman's insistence on having a typical villain. Surprisingly, the story would be strong enough without one, and the undead corpse of Rasputin (Christopher Lloyd) is unneeded and unoriginal. --Doug Thomas

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 596
Collection Status In Collection
Links Amazon US
DVD Empire
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
UPC (Barcode) 024543035336
Chapters 36
Release Date 2/19/2002
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Animated Color Letterboxed Widescreen NTSC