Anastasia Fox's challenge to the Disney empire is a beautifully animated musical that attempts to conjure up the shimmering fairy-tale wonder of...the demise of imperial Russia.… Anastasia Fox's challenge to the Disney empire is a beautifully animated musical that attempts to conjure up the shimmering fairy-tale wonder of...the demise of imperial Russia.… G Animation Drama Sci-fi and Fantasy John Cusack Kelsey Grammer Meg Ryan Kirsten Dunst
Movie Review

Anastasia (1997)

MPAA Rating: G
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Rated: G; Genres: Animation, Drama, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: John Cusack, Kelsey Grammer and Meg Ryan

Fox's challenge to the Disney empire is a beautifully animated musical that attempts to conjure up the shimmering fairy-tale wonder of...the demise of imperial Russia. Anastasia, starry-eyed princess of the Romanov dynasty, sees her childhood come to an abrupt end when the eivil Rasputin (voiced by Christopher Llyod) places a curse on the czar's family. Thrown off her pedistal, she grows up into "Anya" (Meg Ryan), a spunky vagabond with only a dim recollection of her royal roots. Anastasia has the Disney house style down cold, yet the magic is missing. Perhaps that's because the story's somber emotional hook--Anastasia's thwarted desire for home--is asserted rather than dramatized.
Originally posted Oct 27, 1997
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