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Anastasia 1997
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  • Gary Goldman, Don Bluth
  • November 21, 1997
  • 94 mins
  • English
  • Animation, Family
Discover the Adventure Behind the Greatest Mystery of Our Time.
This animated adventure retells the story of the lost daughter of Russia's last czar. The evil Rasputin places a curse on the Romanov family, and Anastasia and her grandmother, Empress Maria, get separated. After growing up in an orphanage, Anastasia encounters two Russian men seeking a reward offered by Empress Maria for the return of her granddaughter. The trio travels to Paris, where they find that the empress has grown skeptical of imposters.

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Here's a little piece I wrote for the website, MovieMaker:

Anastasia (1997) was one of the first animated films that made me tear up as a teenager when it aired on FOX or hit home video. Not even The Lion King nor Bambi did it, but oddly enough until a certain scene in Anastasia where the lead male character, Dimitri, a con man who later refuses to take the reward from the royal empress after rescuing her granddaughter, Anastasia. It was the very act of selflessness that really got me, after knowing the journey the two had gone through together. I had only known greed prior to seeing this film, but now I know better. Although, I had not seen the 1956 live-action version starring The King and I actor, Yul Brynner, but I'd like to know how that story differs. There have been other films along the way, both live-action and animated, many of which have influenced me and shaped who I am today, and helped me appreciate the medium.

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I loved this movie as a kid, so I thought I would re-watch it. Thankfully that wasn't a mistake. Though the movie is not as good as I remember it is still pretty good. The plot is kind of dumb, and some of the songs miss, but it is visually stunning. All the characters motion looks great and the landscapes are fantastic. Most of the songs are quite good, and the voice actors do a fine job (despite being screen actors by trade).
This movie holds up, at least for me. It might be nostalgia (probably is).

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