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* FandomEnragingMisconception: In the past, [[AllAnimationIsDisney don't call the film a Disney film]]. Nowadays it's no longer a problem as Disney bought all of Fox's assets and the film is on Disney+ as of 2020.


* DelusionConclusion: Due to DatedHistory and the ambiguous line in the prologue's narration ("my beloved granddaughter...I never saw her again"), some fans suggested that the rest of the movie could just be the Empress's fantasy of if Anastasia survived.



* SignatureScene: The nightmare that Rasputin uses to compel Anastasia to attempt PsychicAssistedSuicide. With eerie music and creepy butterflies that create a pretty dream of her going swimming with her siblings and father, it establishes that Rasputin may be undead, but he is still ''dangerous'' and willing to use Anastasia's repressed memories against her.

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The nightmare that Rasputin uses to compel Anastasia to attempt PsychicAssistedSuicide. With eerie music and creepy butterflies that create a pretty dream of her going swimming with her siblings and father, it establishes that Rasputin may be undead, but he is still ''dangerous'' and willing to use Anastasia's repressed memories against her.



* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Following in tradition with other Don Bluth works (like All Dogs Go To Heaven, The Secret of NIMH), this is a dark film. 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 convulsing skeleton that crumbles into dust]]. His next film, ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'', was even worse.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Following in tradition with other Don Bluth works (like All ''All Dogs Go To Heaven, The Heaven'', ''The Secret of NIMH), NIMH''), this is a dark film. 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 convulsing skeleton that crumbles into dust]]. His next film, ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'', was even worse.


** The biggest signature scene though is the ''Once Upon a December'' sequence: Anya investigates the abandoned palace and the ghosts/memories of the court spring from the stained glass to perform a grand waltz in the ballroom, visions of the royal family welcome Anya, she undergoes GorgeousGarmentGeneration, and she dances with her father the Tzar.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The ScreenToStageAdaptation completely removes the subplot involving Rasputin and Bartok. Fans of these characters did not take it well. On the other hand, people who felt the more "Disney-ish" elements of the original film that didn't work well appreciate that they were axed in the musical, instead allowing for more historical context, a more appropriate mood, and character development.

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** The biggest signature scene though is the ''Once "Once Upon a December'' December" sequence: Anya investigates the abandoned palace and the ghosts/memories of the court spring from the stained glass to perform a grand waltz in the ballroom, visions of the royal family welcome Anya, she undergoes GorgeousGarmentGeneration, and she dances with her father the Tzar.
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* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The ScreenToStageAdaptation completely removes In the subplot involving ScreenToStageAdaptation, Rasputin and Bartok.Bartok were AdaptedOut. Fans of these characters did not take it well. On the other hand, people who felt the more "Disney-ish" elements of the original film that didn't work well appreciate that they were axed in the musical, instead allowing for more historical context, a more appropriate mood, and character development.



** 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. Although the only thing we are ''shown'' Rasputin do to cause the revolution is open a gate to the revolutionaries into the palace, rather than stir them up in the first place, it still shows the revolutionaries being used by as pawns by an evil man.
** Near the beginning of the film, Anya is at a fork in the road where she has to choose between going ''to the left'', which would mean embracing life under the communist system, or going ''to the right'', which would mean reclaiming her monarchical heritage. Coincidence?

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** 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. Although the only thing we are ''shown'' Rasputin do to cause the revolution is open a gate to the revolutionaries into the palace, rather than stir them up in the first place, it still shows the revolutionaries being used by as pawns by an evil man.
** Near Right before the beginning of "Journey to the film, Past" song number, Anya is at a fork in the road where she has to choose between going ''to the left'', which would mean embracing life under the communist system, or going ''to the right'', which would mean reclaiming her monarchical heritage. Coincidence?



** Anastasia is the only surviving member of her immediate 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. He then 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 all but one of her grandchildren are brutally killed, she ''almost'' saves her favourite and last remaining granddaughter 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 without her. [[spoiler: As with the others things do improve during the film, as Anastasia returning gives her joy "she never thought she'd feel again".]]

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** Anastasia is the only surviving member of her immediate 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.her lost identity. 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]] 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. He then 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 happily 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 all but one of her grandchildren are brutally killed, she ''almost'' saves her favourite favorite and last remaining granddaughter 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 without her.believing Anastasia is dead. [[spoiler: As with the others things do improve during the film, as Anastasia returning gives her joy "she never thought she'd feel again".]]


** As of Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2018-2019, ''Anastasia'' is, at the very least, owned by Disney now. ''Anastasia'' is now available on Creator/DisneyPlus in all territories as of December 2020, basically rendering Anya a ''nominal'' if not ''de facto'' member of the Franchise/DisneyPrincess franchise.[[note]]The film is included in the "Princesses" category on the service, though that grouping also includes non-official princess fare like ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen}}'', ''WesternAnimation/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', ''WesternAnimation/TheBlackCauldron'' and even ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.[[/note]]

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** As of Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2018-2019, ''Anastasia'' is, at the very least, owned by Disney now. ''Anastasia'' is now available on Creator/DisneyPlus in all territories as of December 2020, basically rendering Anya a ''nominal'' if not ''de facto'' member of the Franchise/DisneyPrincess franchise.[[note]]The film is included in the "Princesses" category on the service, though that grouping also includes non-official princess fare like ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen}}'', ''WesternAnimation/Frozen2013'', ''WesternAnimation/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', ''WesternAnimation/TheBlackCauldron'' and even ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.[[/note]]

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** The biggest signature scene though is the ''Once Upon a December'' sequence: Anya investigates the abandoned palace and the ghosts/memories of the court spring from the stained glass to perform a grand waltz in the ballroom, visions of the royal family welcome Anya, she undergoes GorgeousGarmentGeneration, and she dances with her father the Tzar.


** As of Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2018-2019, ''Anastasia'' is, at the very least, owned by Disney now. ''Anastasia'' is now available on Creator/DisneyPlus in all territories as of December 2020, basically rendering Anya a ''nominal'' if not ''de facto'' member of the Franchise/DisneyPrincess franchise.

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** As of Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2018-2019, ''Anastasia'' is, at the very least, owned by Disney now. ''Anastasia'' is now available on Creator/DisneyPlus in all territories as of December 2020, basically rendering Anya a ''nominal'' if not ''de facto'' member of the Franchise/DisneyPrincess franchise. [[note]]The film is included in the "Princesses" category on the service, though that grouping also includes non-official princess fare like ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen}}'', ''WesternAnimation/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', ''WesternAnimation/TheBlackCauldron'' and even ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.[[/note]]


** As of Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2018-2019, ''Anastasia'' is, at the very least, owned by Disney now. ''Anastasia'' is now available on Creator/DisneyPlus in some countries, but not in the U.S. This is due to a preexisting Fox deal that gives exclusive streaming rights to Creator/HBOMax. That deal is set to expire in 2022. Disney's acquisition of Fox technically rendered Anya a ''nominal'' if not ''de facto'' member of the Franchise/DisneyPrincess franchise.

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** As of Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2018-2019, ''Anastasia'' is, at the very least, owned by Disney now. ''Anastasia'' is now available on Creator/DisneyPlus in some countries, but not in the U.S. This is due to a preexisting Fox deal that gives exclusive streaming rights to Creator/HBOMax. That deal is set to expire in 2022. Disney's acquisition all territories as of Fox technically rendered December 2020, basically rendering Anya a ''nominal'' if not ''de facto'' member of the Franchise/DisneyPrincess franchise.


** As of Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2018-2019, ''Anastasia'' is, at the very least, owned by Disney now. ''Anastasia'' is now available on Creator/DisneyPlus in some countries, but not in the U.S. This is due to a preexisting Fox deal that gives exclusive streaming rights to Creator/HBOMax. That deal is set to expire in 2022.

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** As of Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2018-2019, ''Anastasia'' is, at the very least, owned by Disney now. ''Anastasia'' is now available on Creator/DisneyPlus in some countries, but not in the U.S. This is due to a preexisting Fox deal that gives exclusive streaming rights to Creator/HBOMax. That deal is set to expire in 2022. Disney's acquisition of Fox technically rendered Anya a ''nominal'' if not ''de facto'' member of the Franchise/DisneyPrincess franchise.



* 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.

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* 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. Not that it spared the film from any sort of criticism though--a number of Russian Orthodox Christians took umbrage at the fictional depiction especially as the real-life Anya was canonized as a new martyr in 1981 by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, seeing the film's portrayal of the Dutchess as distorted and sugar-coated.

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* HarsherInHindsight: Even if the film was never intended to be historically accurate, it can be a little depressing on subsequent viewings after future studies revealed that the real-life Anastasia was in fact killed during the revolution.


** Bartok, Rasputin's sidekick, is rather popular due to his snarky attitude [[ServileSnarker towards his master]] and is not the typical cowardly sidekick which was considered an overused trope at the time of this film's release. He even got to star in his own [[WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent movie]] two years later which was directed by Don Bluth himself!

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** Bartok, Rasputin's sidekick, is rather popular due to his snarky attitude [[ServileSnarker towards his master]] and is not the typical cowardly sidekick henchman which was considered an overused trope at the time of this film's release. He even got to star in his own [[WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent movie]] two years later which was directed by Don Bluth himself!


** Bartok, Rasputin's sidekick, is rather popular due to his snarky attitude [[ServileSnarker towards his master]] and is not the typical cowardly sidekick which was an overused trope at the time of this film's release. He even got to star in his own [[WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent movie]] two years later which was directed by Don Bluth himself!

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** Bartok, Rasputin's sidekick, is rather popular due to his snarky attitude [[ServileSnarker towards his master]] and is not the typical cowardly sidekick which was considered an overused trope at the time of this film's release. He even got to star in his own [[WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent movie]] two years later which was directed by Don Bluth himself!


* 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.

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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.body-types.
** Bartok, Rasputin's sidekick, is rather popular due to his snarky attitude [[ServileSnarker towards his master]] and is not the typical cowardly sidekick which was an overused trope at the time of this film's release. He even got to star in his own [[WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent movie]] two years later which was directed by Don Bluth himself!

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* SignatureScene: The nightmare that Rasputin uses to compel Anastasia to attempt PsychicAssistedSuicide. With eerie music and creepy butterflies that create a pretty dream of her going swimming with her siblings and father, it establishes that Rasputin may be undead, but he is still ''dangerous'' and willing to use Anastasia's repressed memories against her.


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* UncannyValley: The butterflies that cause Anastasia to walk off in a hypnotized dream, so that she'll jump off a boat into a stormy ocean. They're actually Rasputin's green minions, but seeing them vibrant and colorful while the rest of the area is dark is so creepy, especially their intentions of drowning her. Even worse, they used her repressed memory of her brother, sisters, and father to lure her in further.


** As of Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2018-2019, ''Anastasia'' is, at the very least, owned by Disney now.

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** As of Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2018-2019, ''Anastasia'' is, at the very least, owned by Disney now. ''Anastasia'' is now available on Creator/DisneyPlus in some countries, but not in the U.S. This is due to a preexisting Fox deal that gives exclusive streaming rights to Creator/HBOMax. That deal is set to expire in 2022.


* PopularityPolynomial: "Journey To The Past" was well-received when the film was released, getting an Oscar nomination, before fading from public consciousness. In TheNewTens it has suddenly enjoyed a massive surge in popularity, with ''The New York Times'' even calling it "The [[WesternAnimation/Frozen2013 'Let It Go']] of the 90s". Blog/UnshavedMouse admitted to being blown away, saying Liz Callaway's performance was "[[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid1 Jodi Benson]] good". It has seen plenty of covers and recreations on Website/YouTube too.

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* PopularityPolynomial: "Journey To The Past" was well-received when the film was released, getting an Oscar nomination, before fading from public consciousness. In TheNewTens it has suddenly enjoyed a massive surge in popularity, with ''The New York Times'' even calling it "The [[WesternAnimation/Frozen2013 'Let It Go']] of the 90s". Blog/UnshavedMouse admitted to being blown away, saying Liz Callaway's performance was "[[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid1 "[[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid1989 Jodi Benson]] good". It has seen plenty of covers and recreations on Website/YouTube too.

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