YMMV: Bartok the Magnificent

  • Accidental Innuendo: Some of Piloff's dialogue in the scene where Bartok is trying to rescue her could come off as sexual if taken out of context.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Zozi always trying to talk Bartok out of doing nice things or it Reverse Psychology at work?
  • Awesome Art: Seeing as this is the only sequel to his films Don Bluth has actually been involved with, it's no surprised that the Author's Saving Throw is the animation. In particular, Dragon!Ludmilla is really cool!
  • Creator's Pet: The entire reason that Bartok, a minor comic relief character in Anastasia, got his own movie was because then head of Fox Chris Melindantri wanted to wring out as much as he could from the positive responses he got.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Late in the film, Bartok gets fed up with Baba Yaga's riddles, chews her out and storms out of her house in a huff—only for him to come back and find her in tears over it. Bartok quickly realizes she isn't as bad of a person as he thought, and apologizes to her, crying in turn—this act of compassion ends up solving Baba Yaga's final challenge.
  • Dancing Bear: Ignoring the presence of Zozi, the film originally carried itself on the fact that it starred a minor, comedic bit player from the then-hit Anastasia as the main character. Today, it is mainly remembered today because it is the only sequel to a Don Bluth film that was directed by Don himself.
  • Ear Worm: Baba Yaga's jazzy song number "Someones In My House Tonight".
  • Evil Is Sexy: Some people find Ludmilla hot.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Ludmilla was perpetually sashaying before Rouge The Bat made it cool.
  • Humor Dissonance: Viewers may disagree with Prince Ivan and Vol on just how funny Bartok is.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Baba Yaga is antisocial and grouchy towards Bartok, but given she has a bad reputation among Russia for no good reason and got framed for kidnapping Prince Ivan, it makes sense she'd be irritable. Bartok ends up bringing out the best in her when he does something no one else has—showing compassion towards her.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The giant skull preceding Baba Yaga's house. The combo of the low-grade CGI and voice work by Tim Curry don't help.
    • Ludmilla's dragon form is hardly scary, but the preceding transformation is quite unsettling to watch, because it happens so gradually and happens in such a bizarre fashion.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Dragon Ludmilla. Her transformation is definitely unsettling and grotesque, but the final result, a giant fat pink dragon with pajama button like bumps on her belly, is not very imposing.
  • The Scrappy: Bartok was considered humorous in Anastasia because he played the minor role of a sarcastic sidekick to the bad guy. Here, he's plopped into the major role of a hero with little of his previous traits, which makes him more bland and irritating than in his debut.
  • Sequelitis: The film isn't considered bad and has pretty good animation, especially considering it's a direct to video release, but few consider it to be anywhere as good as Anastasia. It's generally just seen as an average spinoff.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus of the film—it's considered far better than the other sequels to Don Bluth films (this one being directed by Bluth himself certainly helped) but it's still considered a rather average kid flick, and not up to par with Don's best work.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: There's Ugly Cute and then there's this. The whole thing comes with a Nightmare Fuel warning due to how messed-up everything looks.