[At first, Bluth drew Dimitri as] the ideal Sears Roebuck catalog look, with the perfect face, nose, and cheekbones. Then Bill Mechanic came into play; because I drew so many Dimitris, I grew weary of him. He said, ‘Let’s make a guy that’s not very good-looking, just an everyday guy.’ So we broke his nose a little bit, and took his hair and let it hang down any old way, so it gets kind of messy.
The first Dimitris were also a little beefy. Bill said, ‘No. No muscles on the guy. Let’s keep him pretty ordinary.’ So we took all the muscle off him. What he has to do is function with his brain. And, oddly enough, judging by the reactions at the previews, by taking off all those sexual kinds of physical affectations we created a very sexy guy. Which I don’t quite get.
— Don Bluth
I just watched “Anastasia” and let me tell you, it was brilliant.
If you have not seen it, it is on youtube in 8 parts and I greatly recommend watching it just for the nostalgia factor even if you have seen it before. This post does contain spoilers.
REASONS WHY THIS MOVIE IS AMAZING (in no particular order)
- The Plot- You can’t deny that this movie has an amazing plot. The history is set up wonderfully, and it lets the viewer know that Anya really is the princess before any of the characters do. This is brilliant because instead of us wondering if she is, or if the main character is a fraud and is just going along with it for the money, we know that the main character is good without it being shoved down our throats or it just being assumed. We know from the beginning Vlad and Dimitri are con men, trying to get a girl to play the part of Anastasia, so we can SEE THEIR TRANSFORMATION. And can we just admire how evil Rasputin is? He’s so dark and blinded by revenge that it makes it more realistic than most Children’s villains, who usually only have a foggy idea of why they are doing these horrible things to the protagonist. THE END IS NEARLY PERFECT. It’s all like “Hey! we’re family! no way! that’s totally cool man. Let’s have a party. OH SHIT RASPUTIN OUT OF NO WHERE IN A MAZE LIKE GOBLET OF FIRE. SHIT SHIT SHIT EVERYTHING’S GOING WRONG. DEMITRI, Y U HERE? ANASTASIA! YOU’RE SUCH A BADASS!” The love between Anya and Demitri is just wonderful. ANYA SO TOTALLY KICKS THOSE SEXIST CHILDREN’S MOVIE STEREOTYPES IN THE NETHER REGION. It’s wonderful.
- The Villain- As previously stated, Rasputin is the epitome of evil, but with an actual history and idea behind it. He is the bad guy, not because the story needs one, but because if his history and how he was a traitor the the Romanovs. He has an actual REASON to want to kill Anya, even if he is insane. AND THAT DUDE IS SCARY. He controls bugs like Moriarty controls the criminal world. He had some SCARY-ASS BAT DEMONS that fly around and mess everything up, while he just chills in his UNDERGROUND SKULL SNOW CONE for most of the movie. His bad demons are so scary, his bugs run from them. HIS BAT DEMONS ARE SO SCARY, HIS BAT RUNS FROM THEM.
- The Characters- NONE OF THE CHARACTERS ARE INHERENTLY ”GOOD” OR DO THE RIGHT THING. Demitri and Vlad are con men! Anya talks back to everyone and goes along with con men! GRANDMA ROMANOV TELLS ANYA THAT SHE’S A VERY GOOD ACTRESS. The characters are flawed in a way that makes them even more real. It’s brilliant.
- The Chemistry- Demitri and Anya, for one, are the most adorable thing ever. Just look at them. Demitri is all like “Yo, i’m in love, but i can’t be in love cuz she’s a actual princess now. I DID THIS TO MYSELF, SHIT. But i’m glad you’re happy and all. Going to Russia now.” but Anya is all like “LOLOLOL NO I LOVE YOU TOO. I JUST KILLED SOME BADASS VILLAIN, AND THERE IS NO FUCKING WAY I’M NOT GETTING TO BE WITH YOU NOW. LET’S GO, LOVER BOY.” And the platonic love is just as good, Vlad is like the father Anya never had the chance to cherish. Vlad and Demitri are like Holmes and Watson without the homoerotic subtext. It’s perfect.
- TheProtagonist- I DON’T EVEN HAVE TO TELL YOU HOW PERFECT THIS CHARACTER IS, BUT I WILL ANYWAY. Anya is the most bad-ass princess ever. Being an orphan, she has the potential of being a Mary Sue, BUT SHE’S NOT. She’s clever, she’s got more comebacks than anyone else can count, she’s not afraid to stick up for herself, SHE’S A BAD ASS. She DEFEATED RASPUTIN WITH ONE FOOT. SHE DIDN’T FALL OF THE SIDE OF A HUGE COLLAPSING BRIDGE. SHE’S AMAZING.
- The Music- Is brilliant. Go, listen to “In the Dark Of the Night” or “Once Upon a December” and tell me it’s not brilliant. It’s wonderful and nostalgic and sad and perfect for this movie.
- The False History- It is now know that all of Romanov’s were killed, and their bodies accounted for. But you can’t deny that someone surviving is a greatly romanticized idea. The way they took elements of the history, while still make it a magical, fictionalized story greatly help everything. EVERYTHING.
If you have read this far, I love you. This has been an appreciative fangirl post, from Kara.