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Anastasia

• Director: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
• Writer: Susan Gauthier, Bruce Graham, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White
• Release Date: 14 November 1997 (USA)
• Genre: Animation | Adventure | Drama | Family | Musical
• Runtime: 94 min.
• Box Office #s: Here

Cast Highlights
• Meg Ryan
• John Cusack
• Kelsey Grammer
• Christopher Lloyd

The daughter of last Russian czar, Anastasia, is found by two Russian men, Dimitri and Vladimir, who seek the reward that her grandmother, Marie, promised to the ones who’ll find her. But the evil genius of the czar family, Rasputin, who for some reason survived in this film, still wants the Romanov family to be destroyed forever.

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Trivia

  • As is the case with many 20th Century Fox Films, the film cans for the advance screening prints and show prints had a code name. Anastasia was “The Train”.
  • When Meg Ryan was offered the role of Anya, she could not decide if she wanted to accept it or not. Upon hearing of Ryan’s indecision, Fox took an audio clip of Ryan talking in Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and created a short animated sequence of Anya speaking the lines. They sent the clip to Ryan, and she was so impressed that she changed her mind and accepted the role.
  • Composer David Newman’s father Alfred Newman wrote the score for 1956’s Anastasia.
  • The Parisian bridge on which the confrontation between Rasputin and Dimitri and Anastasia occurs is the Alexander III bridge, named after the real Anastasia Romanov’s grandfather on the occasion of his state visit to France in the 1870s.
  • The drawing the Empress holds when she and Anya are reminiscing (the same one we see little Anastasia give her at the beginning of the movie) is a picture the real Anastasia had drawn for her father in 1914.
  • The portrait in the ballroom of the whole family includes a dog. The dog existed. This spaniel named Joy belonged to Anastasia’s brother, Alexei, and was found alive at the house where the family was killed. Anastasia’s own dog, Jimmy, did not survive.
  • The real Anastasia once wore a dress almost exactly like the one Anya wears in the last scenes of the movie. This same dress was seen in Anastasia (1956).
  • When Anya returns to the palace in St. Petersburg and is in the ballroom you can see the painting of the coronation of Alexandra and Nicholas on the left hand side being the first picture, which is a real painting.
  • The musical number “Paris Holds the Key (To Your Heart)” includes cameos by various historical characters from the time including Maurice Chevalier, Sigmund Freud, Charles A. Lindbergh, Josephine Baker, Claude Monet, Isadora Duncan, Auguste Rodin, and Gertrude Stein.
  • The Russian Ballet that the characters go to see is “Cinderella”.
  • Liz Callaway was called at the last minute by Flaherty and Ahrens to substitute for a singer who couldn’t make the recording session of the temp tracks for Fox. Her tracks of the songs were liked so much they led to her subsequent casting as the singing voice of Anastasia.
  • This was the first feature for 20th Century Fox’s animation division.
  • Patrick Stewart and Tim Curry were both considered to voice Rasputin.
  • The music box in this movie actually existed. It was given to the real Anastasia by the real Marie Feoderovna for her thirteenth birthday, but was “silver with a ballerina on top.”
  • The real Anastasia was indeed born at the Peterhof Palace, which was called “The Farm” by her family. It was designed in imitation of the Palace of Versailles, in France.
  • In real life, Gregori Efimovich a.k.a. Rasputin was a very controversial figure who, in fact, was the Romanov’s advisor and Tsarina Alexandra’s most trusted confidant. Rumor has it that Rasputin told the Tsarina he was about to be assassinated and that if one of her relatives killed him, all the Romanov family would die within a year. While of course these facts were too dark to be included in the movie, there is a reference: during the song “A Rumor in St. Petersburg”, an old woman tells Dimitri to buy “Count Yussupov’s pajamas”, while offering a pair of ragged clothes. Yussupov, who actually was a prince, really existed, was indeed related to Alexandra Romanov and was the one who killed the real Rasputin, along with a group of noblemen.
  • In real life, Olga really did say that Anastasia’s drawing looked like a donkey riding a pig! This was stated by Anastasia in a letter to her father, and the image used in the movie in an actual reproduction of the original picture.
  • The character of Dimitri was based on a European prince who vouched for Anna Anderson’s identity as Anastasia. The prince had only met Anastasia once and during her childhood, though, so he was not considered a very credible source.
  • Just as was suggested in this movie, the real-life Anastasia Romanov loved playing practical jokes. This made her quite notorious among her family and the palace staff.
  • During the song “Learn to Do It,” the list of family relatives states that there was an Uncle Vanya. ‘Uncle Vanya’ is a real play by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov.

Quotes

Young Anastasia: [the music box begins to play] It plays our lullaby!
Dowager Empress Marie: You can play it at night before you go to sleep, and pretend it’s me singing!

Dowager Empress Marie: [Anastasia is trying to get onto the train] Hold on to my hand!
Young Anastasia: [Sobbing] Don’t let go!
Dowager Empress Marie: [Anastasia’s hand slips, she screams] Anastasia!
[Anastasia hits the ground and loses consciousness] Dowager Empress Marie: ANASTASIA!