* AllAnimationIsDisney: Could very well be the UrExample of this. This film is mistaken for Disney more than any other animated film out there, due largely in part to it copying many aspects of the "[[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation 1990s Disney Princess formula]]". It is mistaken for a Disney film so often that if you search "Anastasia" on Google, one of the very first search suggestions will be "anastasia disney". Interestingly enough, for once this may have actually been an advantage as the comparisons were positive.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Vlad is never portrayed as anything other than a cuddly, BigFun, CoolOldGuy and yet he was perfectly comfortable with what was a very cruel scheme. Namely swindling a sad, lonely old lady out of a lot of money by faking what would probably be her last hope of happiness. Unlike Dimitri, who learns a lesson and becomes far less of a JerkAss by the movie's end, Vlad never seems to learn anything or feel the slightest bit of guilt for what they tried to do. So a bit of a BitchInSheepsClothing or someone who has a set of very self-centred morals? Another possibility is if he were working on the same plan as Dimitri. As he says "I was a member of the imperial court" and so he could have known the Dowager Empress personally. Could it be that he was trying to create a ReplacementGoldfish? Make a fake so convincing that she wouldn't be able to tell the difference?
* AwesomeArt: As noted above, the film is often mistaken as one from Disney, owed in no small part to its colorful animation; the film practically celebrates the richness of Russian culture during the scenes in St. Petersburg and later of Paris which eventually takes the form of a series of Van Gogh paintings during the "Key to Her Past" sequence.
* AwesomeMusic: The songs, as noted in the EarWorm section below. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQKZ3-OpoXM But special mention]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q3SvvixsWM goes to]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt8lqReUPX0 David Newman's score.]] It earned his first and so far only Oscar nomination.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Anya. Is she a well developed, awesome female character, worthy of being remembered alongside the likes of Ariel and Belle? Or is she just a bitchy snobby character that tries too hard to be "Disney-like" and ends up abandoning her old grandma for a con?
* BrokenBase: The film as a whole. Is it a good, fun and adventurous film? Or a poor film that butchers a real life story and tries too hard to be Disney and end ups with a bad moral (family is important...until you meet your man. then you can just dump them).
* CrossoverShip: Dimitri with [[Disney/TreasurePlanet Jim Hawkins]]
* EarWorm:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Bsdu57SFZc Someone holds me safe and warm / Horses prance through a silver storm / Figures dancing gracefully / Across my memory...]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEL0EGnHdsk Somewhere down this road / I know someone's waiting / Years of dreams just can't be wrooooooooong... / Arms will open wide / I'll be safe and wanted / Finally home where I belooonnnnggg... / Well, starting now / I'm learning faaaast... / On this journey...to the paaaaaaaaaasssssssttttt... /]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ocm8QdNR_d8 In the dark of the night / Evil will find her! / In the dark of the night / Just before dawn!...]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Sophie is very popular despite her small screen-time. [[http://donbluthconfessions.tumblr.com/post/122711574360/grimfangsmaw-thefingerfuckingfemalefury Fans love her]] for being a desirable BigBeautifulWoman, and see her as a positive example for unconventional body-types.
* EvilIsCool: Rasputin is a ''very'' popular villain for someone who only appeared in one movie, and for barely 15 minutes at that. His "In the Dark of the Night" song number is also a popular choice for fanmade music videos.
* HilariousInHindsight: Rasputin's line before singing "In the Dark of the Night:"
--> "Now my dark purpose will be fulfilled, and the last of the Romanovs will DIE! *DramaticThunder*"
** Now compare that to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNitT8zcbuw this]] scene from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Wand of Gamelon]]''
** With her hair down and partly tied back with a bow as she appears on the ship to France, Anya resembles [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]]. Now remember that ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' was [[DuelingMovies crushed]] by ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' at the box office.
* MemeticMutation: Many Website/YouTube postings of "In the Dark of the Night" come with parody lyrics featuring another villain (such as [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]], [[{{Franchise/Transformers}} Megatron]], or [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Discord]]) in place of Rasputin.
** The top comments for the song on [=YouTube=] have included [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Robotnik]] and [[Film/WreckItRalph King Candy.]]
** And now there's...[[Franchise/HarryPotter Ron Weasley's car]]...
** Franchise/WinnieThePooh. Bonus points for Creator/JimCummings voicing Pooh and singing the song!
*** ''I was once the most mystical Bear in the Forest. When the Piglet betrayed me he made a mistake! My curse made each of them pay, but one little boy got away! Christopher Robbin beware, the Pooh Bear's awake!''
* MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales: ''Anastasia'' was well received in Russia and a box office hit, since its distributors took care to market it as not history but a historical fairy tale, letting the audience watch it with a fair dose of MST3KMantra.
* OneSceneWonder: The middle-aged actress who tries out for Vlad and Dimitri's auditions -- strutting into the middle of the stage, dropping her fur coat and crying: "Grandma! It's me! Anastasia!" She was reborn as a MemeticMutation with the release of ''Film/TheHobbit'' trilogy and Lee Pace's similarly dramatic cloak tosses.
* VindicatedByHistory: The movie had a decent-at-best box office showing of just over $50m (equating to about $100m today), which was not exactly the blockbuster Fox was hoping for with its new animation arm. However, once released on VHS, it gained a word-of-mouth following and spent over a year consecutively on the monthly best-selling VHS charts. Additionally, the Romanovs themselves were initially not too keen on the film. Over time they warmed up to it.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: This is another one of Don Bluth's darkest films. There are moments of death, extreme violence, dark peril, StuffBlowingUp very realistically, ghostly spirits and corpses, not to mention [[spoiler:[[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence the death of Rasputin]], involving him melting into a skeleton that crumbles into dust]]. His next film, ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'', was even worse.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: The fact that the film portrays the Russian Revolution as being the result of a dark spell, courtesy of Raputin (as opposed to perceived injustices of society) could easily be taken as a TakeThat to revolutionaries as being pathetic dupes of evil men.
* TheWoobie: Try finding a major character who ''doesn't'' qualify.
** Anastasia is the only surviving member of her entire family after her parents and siblings are all killed, then she loses her memories and gets left behind in an impoverished, violent Russia. She grows up as an unwanted orphan totally alone in the world, just wanting to find her family and who she used to be. Even when she finds her grandmother and regains her memories, the rest of her family are still dead and Rasputin tries to kill her again. [[spoiler: Thankfully she does get her wish to find both her past (her grandmother and memories of Anastasia) and her future (Dimitri).]]
** Dimitri has shades of a JerkassWoobie as an adult and transitions into straight out Woobie as his situation only gets more miserable. He's orphaned even younger than Anya and ends up working as a servant before he's even turned 10 which leaves him with a lingering insecurity and inferiority complex right into adulthood. He risks his life to save Anastasia - who it's hinted he has a crush on - which only gets him hurt and then lives through the brutal takeover of the [[{{HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection}} not-Soviets]] who probably treated him harshly for resisting and working at the palace. As an adult he's hardened into a cynical con man and when he finally begins to soften, try to become a better person and falls in love, he discovers the woman he's in love with is actually the same princess he served as a kitchen boy and he'll never be good enough for her or have a shot at a future together. And he gives up the reward money and any dreams for his life to return to Russia and live in poverty again. His utter certainty that Anya deserves better and would never want to be with a commoner like him is heartbreaking. [[spoiler: However he does get his happy ever after in the end when Anya chooses to marry him instead of becoming a Grand Duchess again.]]
** The Dowager Empress: Her son, daughter-in-law and almost all her grandchildren are brutally killed, she ''almost'' saves her favourite and last remaining grand daughter but loses her just seconds away from getting them both to safety. Then when she tries to find Anastasia, countless people try to con her just to win the reward money, and she resigns herself to living out the rest of her life alone. [[spoiler: As with the others things do improve during the film, as Anastasia returning gives her joy "she never thought she'd feel again".]]