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Trivia / Anastasia

  • Celebrity Voice Actor:
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Bernadette Peters was annoyed at the design for Sophie. As she was very physically fit at the time of production, she didn't like that Sophie was drawn "so heavyset".
    • Don Bluth also regretted Vlad's design, feeling his cartoonish appearance was out of place against Anya and Dimitri's more realistic figures.
  • Dated History: Sadly, in the years since the making of this film, it has been conclusively proven by exhuming the graves and DNA tests that the real Anastasia was indeed killed by the Bolsheviks, along with the rest of the Russian royal family. However, the movie does seem to make a nod to the fact that prior to the making of it, the mystery surrounding the real Anastasia had yet to be cleared, because while she and her grandmother are reunited in the movie, the Dowager Empress Marie for some reason still narrates at the beginning that she "never saw my beloved granddaughter again."
  • Dawson Casting: The 36-year-old Meg Ryan voices Anya at 18. Kirsten Dunst was 15 voicing her at 8.
  • Fandom Nod: Look closely, and you'll see little visual shout-outs to other movies from Don Bluth's history. (The squirrels look like they've walked right off the set of Sleeping Beauty, Bartok is sucked into Hell just like Charlie, there's a spooky thorn bush near the end that Brutus might be guarding, and so on).
  • Money, Dear Boy: Don Bluth claims that he never would have done this movie had he not just spent years of getting pummeled by disappointing box office returns and production nightmares, not to mention several films he was less-than-proud of. It paid off though, and became his highest grossing film.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Meg Ryan does Anya's speaking, Liz Callaway her singing. Lacey Chabert sings for Kirsten Dunst as the young Anya. Jonathan Dokuchitz sings for John Cusack as Dimitri. Jim Cummings sings for Christopher Lloyd as Rasputin.
  • Reality Subtext: Actual relics of the Romanovs were scanned into the computers and inserted within the movie, including photographs of the family shown on Marie's wall and the drawing Anastasia made when she was eight years old, which was drawn by the real Anastasia.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • Anya wears a dress in the last scenes that the real Anastasia once wore. And it also appeared in the Ingrid Bergman film.
    • Vlad tells Anya the name Anastasia means "she will rise again". The name does indeed mean resurrection.
    • Anya responds correctly that she was born at the Peterhof Palace.
    • "Learn To Do It" reveals Anya was The Trickster in her youth. The real Anastasia was notorious for her practical jokes among her family and the palace staff.
    • Anastasia's sister Olga did indeed say the drawing looked like a pig riding a donkey, which Anastasia described in a letter to her father.
  • Throw It In: Liz Callaway was only called in at the last minute to replace the singer who was to record demo tracks for Fox. They liked her singing so much they cast her as Anya's singing voice.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In the film, Rasputin's reason for being evil is never really explained - he's briefly described as being a "fraud" and a "traitor", but nothing else - and it's the Tsar's attempt to expel him from court that leads to him swearing vengeance against the entire Romanov line. In the original drafts of the story, Rasputin only became evil after the relatives of the Tsar made an assassination attempt against his life - which historically killed him - and he swore vengeance after mistakenly assuming the Tsar had arranged it. His Villain Song still references this.
    • Rasputin also didn't drown and end up in limbo in these drafts; instead he escaped to the countryside in a travelling wagon, and only returned when he realised that Anastasia was still alive.
    • Vlad and Sophie were originally supposed to be dancing together in the opening scene, giving a greater insight as to how they know each other, and how they're connected to Anastasia's family.
    • Had Don Bluth not chosen this script, he would have made an animated version of My Fair Lady.
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