Anastasia (1997)

USA, 1996
94m, 2639 metres
35mm film, CinemaScope, Technicolor, 2.35:1
DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS, English

An American animated fantasy film directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman

Plot Summary

Anastasia, The daughter of the Romanov czar, flees the court when the monk puts a curse on her family. But during her escape, Anastasia hits her head and suffers . Ten years later, now known as Anya, Anastasia sets out from the orphanage where she grew up to find the truth of her identity.


Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Animation Studios, Fox Family Films
Executive Producer: Maureen Donley
Producer: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
Script: Susan Gauthier, Bruce Graham, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White
Animation Adaptation: Eric Tuchman
Directing Animators: Fernando Moro, John Hill, Len Simon, Paul Newberry, Sandro Cleuzo, Troy Saliba
Animators: Deborah Abbott, Marek Kochout, Paul J. Kelly
Computer Animators (Journeyman): Olun Riley, Olun Riley
Effects Animator: Rob Meyers
Sound Designer: Robert L. Sephton
Production Designer: Mike Peraza

Meg Ryan (Anastasia)
John Cusack (Dimitri)
Kelsey Grammer (Vladimir)
Christopher Lloyd (Rasputin)
Hank Azaria (Bartok)
Bernadette Peters (Sophie)
Kirsten Dunst (young Anastasia)
Angela Lansbury (Dowager Empress Marie)
Rick Jones (Czar Nicholas/servant/revolutionary soldier/ticket agent)
Andrea Martin (Phlegmenkoff/old woman)
Glenn Walker Harris Jr (young Dimitri)
Debra Mooney (actress)
Arthur Malet (travelling man/major domo)
Charity James (Anastasia impostor)
Liz Callaway (Anastasia – singing voice)
Lacey Chabert (young Anastasia – singing voice)
Jim Cummings (Rasputin – singing voice)
Jonathan Dokuchitz (Dimitri – singing voice)
Ellen Bernfeld, Emma Blackwell, Judith Blazer, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Ted Brunetti, Glen Burtnick, Vivian Cherry, Robin Clark, Victoria Clark, Madeline Doherty, Robert DuSold, Gregg Edelman, Al Fritsch, Kyle Gordon, Michael Louis Harvey, Jan Horvath, John Jellison, Kenny Karen, Curtis King Jr, Joseph Kolinski, Alix Korey, David Lowenstein, Cindy Mizelle, Bill Nolte, Michele Pawk, Billy Porter, Patrick Quinn, Karen Silver, J.K. Simmons, Frank Simms, Emily Skinner, Ted Sperling, Vanéese Y. Thomas, Lillias White, Darius de Haas (ensemble vocals)
Creature Vocal Effects: Steve Lee

Alternative Titles

Anastazja – Poland

Bartok the Magnificent (1999)

Extracts included in
In the Shadow of Hollywood (2000)



  • Cinema [Hungary] April 1998 pp.54-58 – review (by gp)
  • Empire April 1998 p.42 – review (by Philip Thomas)
  • Film Review April 1998 p.18 – review (by Anwar Brett)
  • Première February 1998 p.36 – review (by Gérard Delorme)
  • Total Film May 1998 p.87 – review (by Emma Cochrane)
  • Vox Magazin April 1998 p.32 – article


  • A Capital 27 March 1998 – review (by Rui Brazuna)
  • A Capital, Guia TV 20 November 1998 – review (by Rui Brazuna)
  • Diário de Notícias, DNmais 28 March 1998 – review (by José De Matos-Cruz)
  • The Sacramento Bee 21 November – review (by Joe Baltake)
  • Svenska Dagbladet 6 February 1998 – review (Historieförvanskning i Anastasia by Astrid Söderbergh Widding)


  • Film Review 1998-1999 pp.17-18 – credits, review

Other sources

  • BFI National Film Theatre Programme June 1998 p.33 – illustrated listing