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:fear: ....Okay, everyone, my next review will be for perhaps one of the worst Christmas films ever made.... The Nuttiest Nutcracker... :ohnoes: Does anyone have any warnings to give me? 

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I've recently watched Anastasia (overall, it's not the BEST Don Bluth film, but I still liked it - similar to how I feel about Titan AE), and just wondering, would you say it's worth my time watching Bartok the Magnificent in the future? 

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Good news guys, one of my friends :iconalmiras: has kindly traded me a Jirachi, so that fiasco is over. :aww: Just wondering, is anyone interested in any of these Pokemon? :) 

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Bram Stoker's Dracula - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines or How I Flew From London to Paris in 25 Hours and 11 Minutes - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Return to Oz - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Rock and Rule - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Neverending Story - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Evil Dead - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Ginger Snaps - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Dog Soldiers - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Haunting (1963) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
THEM! - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Frankenweenie (2012) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Theatre of Blood - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
A Clockwork Orange - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Vuk The Little Fox - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Kis Vuk-A Fox's Tale - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
The Room - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Felidae - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
9 - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Plague Dogs - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Skyfall - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Flight Before Christmas -duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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It's A Wonderful Life - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lord of the Rings - Return of the King - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Secret of NIMH - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pippi Longstocking (1997) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Top Cat (2011) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Land Before Time - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Wild - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Mario Puzo's The Godfather - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pee Wee's Big Adventure - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Robocop - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Wreck-It Ralph - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Princess Mononoke - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Quest For Camelot - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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FernGully - The Last Rainforest - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Pan's Labyrinth - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Twilight - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Cool World - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Titan A.E. - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Pokémon 2000: The Power of One - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Pokémon Heroes - Latios and Latias - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Pokémon Lucario and The Mystery of Mew - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Pokémon - The Rise of Darkrai - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Valiant - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga'Hoole (BAD FILM) REVISITED - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Basil the Great Mouse Detective - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Little Shop of Horrors (1986) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Killer Klowns From Outer Space - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Stan Helsing - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Nosferatu (1979) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Little Brother Big Trouble - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Gremlins - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Elf - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Elf That Rescued Christmas - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1998) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
The Polar Express - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
A Christmas Carol (Mickey, Muppets and Jim Carrey versions) - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Oz The Great and Powerful - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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The Black Hole - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Brother Bear - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Treasure Planet - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Bio-Dome - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
The Artist - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Alpha and Omega - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Return of Jafar - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Aladdin and the King of Thieves - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Belle's Magical World - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
Pocahontas 2: Journey To a New World - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lion King 2: Simba's Pride - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
Lion King 1 1/2 Hakuna Mattata - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour… (BAD FILM)
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Sleepy Hollow - duckyworth.deviantart.com/jour…
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Duckyworth's Thoughts: Anastasia ~ 1997 (Part 2)

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 20, 2014, 10:46 AM
  • Mood: Seasonal
  • Listening to: Eluveitie - The Call of The Mountains
  • Reading: Tintin - The Crab With the Golden Claws
  • Watching: Labyrinth
  • Eating: Cheesecake
  • Drinking: Tea


First part - Duckyworth's Thoughts: Anastasia ~ 1997 (Part 1)Dancing bears, Painted wings, Things I almost remember, And a song someone sings Once upon a December….. :love:
Sorry for this review taking a while – as well as me spending a shadowing day at a brewery a few days ago, I've actually been away for two days while I've been visiting my sister and her boyfriend in Bristol, which explains why I haven't been on here for the past few days. :aww: We went around the markets, where I've been doing some Christmas shopping for my family, and we went to a cool museum as well. If I can, I’ll try to upload some photos I took. :) Okay then, everybody – once again, I’ve decided to review a non-Christmas related film next…. I know it may sound a bit odd, but once again, like I said in my One Stormy Night review, it’s not ONLY Christmas films that are shown around Christmas – there are some films that may not NECESSARILY be about Christmas, but there’s a certain feel to it that makes me feel warm and


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Hi there, everybody! Here is the second part of my review of Don Bluth's Anastasia. :aww:

As we approach the third act, I’ll just say right now – despite the fact that I LIKE this film, I feel that the third act is where the film begins to falter a bit…. It’s not TERRIBLE, but it’s like Atlantis the Lost Empire, as in the third act is a bit weak compared to the first two acts. I’ll explain why I feel that as I go on. But for now, the film cuts to a rather AWESOME looking clocktower (to me, this looks a little bit like if Raziel :iconrazielplz: from the Legacy of Kain series visited London, and went into the Spectral Realm while visiting Big Ben :lol: ), which can only mean one thing, it’s the current hiding place of Rasputin…. He really knows how to pick his bases of operations, doesn’t he? As the rats from NIMH keep an eye on them, Rasputin plans to head to the party being held to honour Anastasia’s return. Bartok… gives some dancing tips – well, say what you will, but he’s definitely a better dancer than the Duke of Weselton from Frozen… :lol: He continues to beg Rasputin to let go of the past, but Rasputin, being a bitter old… corpse, refuses. Okay, here comes my first problem with this last twenty minutes or so. Even if I don’t have problems with Rasputin as a villain, he and Bartok are… surprisingly underplayed. ^^; I mean, King Sombra was as well, and he still did his job as a villain very well, but I feel that they could have gone into a bit more detail about why Rasputin won’t let go of the past. Also, while Bartok does at least show some depth in the way that he doesn’t want to carry on with Rasputin’s scheme, the way that this character inspired his own SPIN-OFF film, I would have thought he would have appeared in the film a bit more. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not a bad character at all (in fact, I feel that unlike Timon and Pumbaa and Mater, two comic reliefs that are… less than tolerable… Bartok, like Tigger, actually has potential to carry a film on his own. One, he’s actually a CHARACTER and not a mere JOKE, two, he isn’t in the focus so much he outstays his welcome, and three, he actually possesses some depth to his character.), and I will admit, I have a good feeling about Bartok the Magnificent, but Bartok is… surprisingly underplayed. ^^;

But anyway, back to Anastasia and her grandmother, and they reminisce over the past. And now, I’ll say something – in this part of the film, there are some moments which DO follow history closely here. In real life, Olga really did say that Anastasia's drawing looked like a pig riding a donkey. This was stated by Anastasia in a letter to her father, and the image used in the movie is an actual reproduction of the original picture. The music box in this movie actually existed. It was given to the real Anastasia by the real Marie Feoderovna for her thirteenth birthday, but was silver with a ballerina on top. The real Anastasia once wore a dress almost exactly like the one Anya wears in the last scenes of the movie. This same dress was seen in Anastasia (1956). Also, just as was suggested in this movie, the real-life Anastasia Romanov loved playing practical jokes. This made her quite notorious among her family and the palace staff.

The Dowager Empress gives Anastasia her mother’s crown. :aww: So, as she puts on a royal dress, which is rather pretty, Dimitri sees the Dowager Empress, and… actually turns down the money. Wow… ten million roubles, and he turns down the reward money? Wow – he really has changed for the better. :clap: Believing Dimitri has taken the money, Anastasia sees Dimitri off. Meanwhile, Vlad and Pooka are trying on garments for the party – Pooka disapproves of a crown which actually reminds me quite a bit of Kingdom Hearts for some reason :XD:, and Vlad goes for the ‘King from Cinderella’ appearance. Dimitri says goodbye to Vlad and Pooka… and once again, Pooka makes me melt from exposure to cuteness when he whimpers at Dimitri leaving… KAWAII!! KAWAII! :squee: At the party, the Dowager Empress reveals that Dimitri didn’t take the money, and…. Anastasia is asked whether this is what she really wants…. Hmmm, something about the way this is asked is a little bit odd… I’ll explain why later, but for now – time for the climax. :excited: Anastasia hears Pooka barking as he heads outside from the party, and heads into a… rather eerie hedge maze… I’m not lying, this is a pretty awesome set piece… As Anastasia finds Pooka, they head towards a bridge covered with creepy fog… Rasputin confronts Anastasia, and more memories come back to her – and she remembers Rasputin… Who reacts to her saying his name with a rather hilarious expression :rofl:. ‘Remember me, Anastasia? When I killed your family, I talked… JUST. LIKE! THIIIIIIIS!!’ Bartok, realising that Rasputin has gone too far, decides he's had enough of Rasputin obsessing over murdering an innocent girl, and abandons him. See, this is part of what I mean by Bartok having depth – unlike some minions, he has more of a development over the course of the film, which I actually liked. :aww: Rasputin sends some of the bridge crumbling, just as Dimitri, having a change of heart, comes back to help Anastasia – and comes to give Rasputin a rather AWESOME slug in the face. He dives in to help Anastasia, and with some rather creepy looking clouds, Rasputin uses his powers to throw Dimitri onto a Pegasus statue, which proceeds to attack him – just as Rasputin runs towards Anastasia in a… rather amusing way. I don’t know – the way he runs with his arms outstretched towards Anastasia makes me laugh for me some reason. :lol: Pooka comes in to bite Rasputin’s leg to help Anastasia, and Rasputin zaps him by sending another demon…. Wow, even the little PUPPY gets to join in the fight. Luckily, before Rasputin can do anymore damage, Anastasia RUGBY TACKLES him, and grabs his reliquary, after Pooka, in a rather awesome move, grabs it from him. Wow, Pooka’s pretty badass for a little puppy, isn’t he? I think Gin from Ginga Nagareboshi Gin may have some competition! :headbang: So, Anastasia avenges her family by breaking Rasputin’s reliquary…. With the reliquary broken, there’s now nothing to keep Rasputin’s soul alive – and so, the dark forces turn on the decaying lich Rasputin… in a pretty GRUESOME death scene…. The dark forces MELT him down to the bone…. And then his skeleton emerges, screaming in agony while being shocked by green electricity. It writhes briefly, but he then decays further into dust….. :fear:

:iconnostalgiacriticplz::iconsaysplz:You know – FOR KIDS!

Seriously… that was a pretty GRIM and awesome death there… In my opinion, that is another thing that shows that Don Bluth hadn’t lost his touch like some people did – showing awesomely gruesome stuff like that. And I thought the death of Jenner from Secret of NIMH and Drake from Pebble and the Penguin was violent! Goes to show that Christopher Lloyd’s characters just SHOULDN’T mess with DIP, or they’ll melt… :lol:

As Dimitri wakes up from being passed out (by the way, the way Pooka howls here is also rather cute :giggle: ), Dimitri and Anastasia try to kiss AGAIN – but ONCE AGAIN gets denied. This time by Pooka holding Anastasia’s crown…. So, what does she choose, the crown, or Dimitri? …..What would YOU choose? :hmm: Now, here’s something else that bothers me about this film…the ending. ^^; don’t get me wrong, I love a happy ending as much as the next person.  In a fantastical animated musical, a happy ending is expected…just not this PARTICULAR happy ending. Rasputin is defeated, and Anastasia and Dimitri declare their love for each other – all good stuff.  But then, we see the poor Dowager Empress reading a hastily scribbled letter… Anastasia and her boyfriend have eloped, and she has chosen to abandon her new life as a royal. But, in the note, Anastasia promises that she and her grandmother will still always be together! :hmm: To me, it makes no sense: here is this character who, throughout the film, just wants to find her family (specifically whoever gave her the locket as a child).  She is eventually reunited with her family and comes into her own as the Grand Duchess, her rightful title – she finally knows who she is! And, yes, Anastasia also finds love and romance along the way; she also finds courage when she stands up to Rasputin in the film’s climax. Yet, for an unexplained reason, she has to make a choice: boyfriend or royal family… It’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine when films do this, why can’t she choose BOTH?! I guess…. because Dimitri is a commoner? Luckily, Rapunzel from Tangled got to choose both, Anna from Frozen got to choose both, Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic got to choose both…. Why can’t Anastasia? :confused: Again, it’s never really explained. And, while the film develops Anastasia as a spunky tomboy, it never delves into any DISTASTE for the royal lifestyle. In only a few short scenes after Anastasia and her grandmother are reunited, the Dowager Empress starts talking about whether or not Anastasia will actually live happily as a royal…after all, grand parties and dancing are SO boring…. I guess. Anastasia never says so. :iconwthplz: Yet, in the end, she chooses her new boyfriend over the woman who spent YEARS trying to find her…without even a proper goodbye! I mean, even if there is an implication that Anastasia WILL visit her grandmother often, you can’t just IMPLY that she’ll see her granddaughter again… It’s not like the film says that she’ll visit her granddaughter will visit often…. You can’t help but feel sorry for the old lady, even though she takes it well… Perhaps she’s simply happy that she has the knowledge that her granddaughter is well and truly alive, and that’s happiness enough for her…. But it just feels like a bit of an… odd ending to go with…. :hmm: This is my personal MAIN problem with the third act. It’s not a FILM KILLING problem, of course not, but it just feels a bit… weird.

The Dowager Empress says that this isn’t a perfect ending, but rather a perfect beginning for Anastasia and Dimitri. They ride on a French boat…. Still wearing ripped clothes for some reason, and they FINALLY get a chance to kiss… Third time’s a charm, I suppose – took them long enough. :lol: And how about one last bit of cuteness from Pooka for the road, as he covers his face with his ear so he doesn’t have to see them kiss. :giggle: I remember when my sister and I saw this together, and when Dimitri picked up Anastasia, we joked ‘Just going to throw you off the boat now, Anastasia! WHEE – splash’… Okay, that doesn’t happen, but the film does end with a bit of an interesting moment with Bartok. Watching Anastasia and Dimitri, he does an imitation of the dance that they were doing earlier, and then…. it turns out Jeremy from The Secret of NIMH wasn’t the only Don Bluth comic relief to end the film by getting a girlfriend, as a female bat comes up to Bartok. He’s pretty shy, so she takes the upper hand and kisses him. :giggle: And, I may sound a bit odd by saying this, but… the design on that bat is kind of….. heehee, cute. :blush: Now, don’t tell that some of YOU don’t see this as well – it’s similar to Duchess from The Aristocats, Bianca from the Rescuers, Scratte from Ice Age 3, Jewel from Rio, Hyzenthlay from Watership Down, Felicity from Felidae and Mrs Brisby from The Secret of NIMH – as far as animal designs go, they way they’re drawn make them rather cute, I think…. :blush: Well, Paris IS the City of Romance, and there’s someone for everyone in that city, apparently. :lol: And best of all, unlike Hunchback of Notre Dame 2, they DON’T hold some strange Valentine’s Day knockoff to celebrate – good, no more La Fidelles or weird kissy faces - :iconicouldkissmeplz: and plus, I found it cute that Jeremy found love at the end of Secret of NIMH, and I found this pretty cute as well. Speaking of which, I did a bit of research, and the female bat is apparently called Banette online… Wow, so she shares the name of a Pokemon? :iconbanetteplz: It’s a cute name, though. And these two make a cute couple. :D Now, interestingly enough, Bartok the Magnificent is a PREQUEL to Anastasia, and some people ship Bartok with Piloff, the snake (I think) from Bartok the Magnificent. *finds out Jennifer Tilly voices Piloff, and squees in excitement – as Jennifer Tilly is one of my favourite actresses :squee: * Wow…. Bartok certainly does GET SOME in these films, doesn’t he? Those weird bugs from ‘In the Dark of the Night’, Banette, and Piloff… I never knew you were a player, Bartok! :lol: One thing’s for sure, he deserves the attention more than…. A certain flower growing TROLL… :fear: But… that’s for another time….

 

:iconhillygon::iconsaysplz: I really adore Anastasia. Actually, this is one of the 2D Non Disney animated films that I have seen and really liked. It is one of my favorites along with other Non-Disney films like "The Swan Princess", "Quest For Camelot", "The Prince of Egypt" & "The Road to El Dorado". What I liked about it is the extremely stunning animation and a group of memorable main characters, side characters & villain. Meg Ryan as Anastasia was really charming. John Cusack as Dimitri worked really well. Kelsey Grammer as Vlad was very funny, and so is Hank Azaria as Bartok. Christopher Lloyd as the villain Rasputin was both funny and threatening at the same time.I think the song themselves are memorable for a Non-Disney film. 

:iconthecrappymspainter23::iconsaysplz: Oh boy, this is going to be a long one. I honestly thought the movie was okay. I mean, it's not bad, but it's not good. Okay, so I guess changing history isn't really the biggest problem I had with the film, since the movie was trying to show what would happen if Anastasia survived, (Like with MLK awakening from a comma in Boondocks). However, it just felt like a Disney clone to me, with it's same love story like Disney. Also, the villain is very generic. I mean, he's not Alimida Slim (No offense to you.) but god, it's like these writers couldn't make an alternative timeline with a cheap villain. Okay, while he has Bartok, and an awesome voice by Christopher Lloyd, I just don't like him. As for the songs, they are just good at best. Also, I don't like the CGI for this movie, since it sometimes feels out of place. But, It's still not bad.

:iconvindurza::iconsaysplz: the film has great music loved the villain song, as for pochahontus it was a more sensitive subject to mess with

:iconfeloniousfeline::iconsaysplz: I can't watch this movie. The changes to history are so insulting... taking a real man and turning him into a falsely evil caricature, Rasputin wasn't even against the royal family to begin with, he was a false mystic called for to heal their son!
It butchers Russian history and spits on it. I hate this, mostly because I hate any sympathy towards the last Russian Tsar - he was an incompetent piece of shit who ignored his country's real problems, and ended up continuing the oppression of his people, which would take far too long to explain in depth. Instead of acknowledging how much people were suffering in Russia at the time and how much of a worthless, stupid arse the Tsar was with a ridiculous and unfair amount of power, they put the revolution down to bullshit magic and curses. It's so insulting. The history of Russia is not a fairy-tale knit for a kid's film, by any stretch.
A complete waste of good animation and music. That being said, I much prefer the spin-off, Bartok the Magnificent - but this is mainly due to the fact that it is based off of Russian fairy tales (though loosely and not really 'authentic'), I grew up with the thing and it doesn't desecrate sensitive History.

:iconvuk-91::iconsaysplz: Oddly Beautiful, pretty much makes you feel sorry for the Tzar's daughter, even if the Tzar was a russian horror.

:iconripperthescraftyplz::iconsaysplz: Good luck on this film! I hope you enjoy it, to me it's a wonderful film too, and has a touching reunion.                    I shall share some of my thoughts on this film too, hopefully if it doesn't annoy you.  Again sorry for the long replies on your BATB TEC review. I like sharing my thoughts but I can get long and overboard.  

:iconailemadragonprincess::iconsaysplz: I think Anastasia is a great Don Bluth film. Even if the historical innacuracies are something I find questionable, the movie itself has a great story, great characters; whether it's the heroes, the secondary characters, the sidekicks or the villain, amazing animation, and splendid songs. I might get around into watching it sometime during the season.

:icondraccyvangirl7::iconsaysplz: This was one of my favorite animated movies as a kid, along with Pocahontas. One thing that kinda annoyed me is that people kept mislabeling it as a Disney movie, which wasn't really a problem for me when I saw it.

:iconneme567::iconsaysplz: It is better than Quest for Camelot.

:iconnuclearzeon2::iconsaysplz: The way people talked about this film, I thought it'd be another Disney ripoff like Quest for Camelot. Then, I watched it, and I was surprised at the unique elements Don Bluth added. The heroine, instead of being your typical princess character, was really snarky, almost Megara-level snarky. And Dimitri, the handsome male lead, was a con man! Not as good as Don's eighties work, but still decent and worth watching.

:iconkurvosvicky::iconsaysplz: It's a fairly decent watchable film for what it is. Animation is great, the two villains are interesting... but it's nothing special. However, Once Upon A December is a beautiful song, and In the Dark of the Night is a badass villain song.
Though, one thing I've noticed no one else seems to have noticed... this movie came out the same year as Titanic - and Anastasia in this movie looks almost identical to Kate Winslet as Rose in Titanic. Am I really the only one who finds that rather strange? XP lol

:iconthebigman0706::iconsaysplz: Christopher Lloyd is a genius as the film's villain ( never saw the film though )

:iconmali-chan::iconsaysplz: I'm pretty sure the Pocahontas' history changing got the backlash it got because of the racial/imperialistic implications. And I don't like Anastasia either. ("Poor little white girl! She lost her wealth and status*! She is rightfully a princess! Pity her!" also so drenched in the Disney formula it hurts.) * Family I give it to her anything else not so much.

:iconhoneybeegirl94::iconsaysplz: I've actually adored both Pocahontas and Anastasia. 
Plus, at least the songs are more rememberable and enjoyable, then Quest for Camelot. 

 

So, how did Don Bluth’s attempt at using the Disney formula fare? Well… If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then this film is actually all the better for it, in my opinion. :) Yes, I appreciate the fact that the historical changes may insult some viewers, and I do have to agree that it is rather… odd choosing a myth surrounding the aftermath of the Russian Resolution as a subject matter for a children’s film… And I can see why some people got offended. But as I said at the beginning of the review, I don’t mind films that change around history for artistic license, because, as I said, it’s not a documentary, and this film doesn’t constantly throw in insult after insult like films like Tentacolino, the animated Titanic films or The Magic Voyage. Also, unlike those films, I feel that the story in Anastasia is complete, makes some logical sense in the sense that it doesn’t throw in bad plot devices like deus ex machinas, and is actually ENTERTAINING, and doesn’t throw in insult to intelligence after insult to intelligence. In my opinion – if you come into the film ready to take it with a pinch of salt and a suspension of disbelief, the film will probably have a better chance. :aww:

Now, even though I do like this film, the film isn’t without problems, of course. The third act of the film seems a bit odd in how the ending is wrapped up, and how they never really go into any detail about Anastasia showing any dislike for the royal lifestyle. Once again, it’s a pet peeve when these kinds of films say the main character has to choose a love interest or a royal position. I still don’t understand why she couldn’t have chosen both… ^^; Also, even though I do think Rasputin does his role as a villain well and Bartok does his role as a comic relief henchman (henchbat?) well… They were surprisingly underplayed… As I said, villains can still have the potential to work even if they DON’T appear in the film that much – just look at Mad Madam Mim, Sykes, The Horned King, King Sombra and Kurojaki…. But considering Bartok in particular, and looking at the fanbase he has, AND a spin-off film… I personal would have liked it if he and Rasputin were in the film a bit more. :shrug: Also, while I did say ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’ earlier, Don Bluth could have worked in a few more of his own trademarks into this film to make it more his own, in my opinion.

But of course, what this film does right, it does really right. The characters are memorable and likeable – ESPECIALLY Anastasia and Dimitri. I will admit that, although I like Titan AE, the two main human characters are pretty damn forgettable…. Luckily, Anastasia and Dimitri go through quite a bit of good development in this film, and although Don Bluth’s human designs do look pretty similar, I have to disagree with people who complain about Don Bluth’s animation on human faces – the animation is pretty impressive on the human characters, in my opinion, showing quite a bit of emotion. :aww: I also like the rest of the characters as well, and actually can’t think of ONE character that I disliked in this. Plus, as for the cute moments with Pooka, the cute moments, in my opinion, NEVER get too over the top and never become so cutesy they’re annoying – like say…. A Troll In Central Park… :fear: The voice acting is also pretty good, I really enjoy the character, costume and background designs, and as is always expected from Don Bluth, the animation is just FANTASTIC. :love: True, some of the CGI has dated badly, but for 1997, it was probably cutting edge – and I feel like the CGI animation doesn’t slow down the film as badly as some scenes in Titan AE when they’re wearing spacesuits. :aww: And plus, need I mention the music? The villain song is my second most favourite villain song, Once Upon a December and To the Past are just beautiful, and the covers of these songs by Aaliyah and the new song ‘At the Beginning' sung by Donna Lewis are just amazing…. :love:

How does this film hold up compared to the other Don Bluth films? Well – it’s of course nowhere near as strong as his 1980’s films, but… I will be perfectly honest, it’s pretty damn close to the mark. :aww: People complained in the 1990s about Don Bluth losing his touch – true, Rock a Doodle, Thumbelina, A Troll in Central Park and The Pebble and the Penguin may have received DIRE reception from Don Bluth fans, but even if THOSE films were let downs, Anastasia and Titan AE, in my opinion, show that Don Bluth still possessed that talent and capability that he had in the 80’s. It’s possible for a great director to make a bad film once in a while, after all. I think Don Bluth’s… lesser works were all composed in those four flops that I mentioned, but when Anastasia and Titan AE came around, he at least got some of his old spark back. Hey, you can’t say that he didn’t TRY with these films. Even if you don’t like these two films, you have to admit that Don Bluth at least put genuine effort into it. :aww: And I may actually like Anastasia MORE than Titan AE, personally – Titan AE is still good, but it has slightly MORE problems than Anastasia, in my opinion. Still good, but a bit more flawed. As for Bartok the Magnificent…. Well, I’ll see about that when I get around to that one, but from what I’ve heard, I have high hopes. :excited:

As for Anastasia, if you want to watch this film just to say you’ve seen all of Don Bluth’s works, and you can go into it with a suspension of disbelief, you’ll probably like this one. But if you want REALLY strong characters and REALLY memorable moments, you’re probably better off going back to The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, The Land Before Time and All Dogs Go To Heaven… But as for me, this is one film I’ll be happy to revisit every once upon a December…. :santa:

 

So, which Christmas film is next? I was debating whether or not to review Elf Bowling: The Movie, or The Nuttiest Nutcracker…. Considering the fact that MrEnter is going to review this film sometime in the near future, and Bobsheaux has already made a rather hilarious review of it blip.tv/bobsheaux/elf-bowling-… , I decided to, in this instance, go with the one that hasn’t had much of a ripping apart – The Nuttiest Nutcracker. Well, how bad is THIS one? Let’s see….

*looks up The Nuttiest Nutcracker online, and finds…. THESE* cps-static.rovicorp.com/2/Open… img2.imagesbn.com/p/4339625180… en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nutt…

:jawdrop: Oooooooh NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! :nuu:

 

160. The Nuttiest Nutcracker 

161. Anabelle’s Wish

162. Arthur Christmas

163. Edward Scissorhands

???. Festive Shorts – The Small One and The Little Match Girl

???. Bartok the Magnificent

???. Freddy Got Fingered



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have a real nice brony song for you if you haven't heard it www.youtube.com/watch?v=82prN2…
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Have you ever thought about doing a crossover review?
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Thank you for favoriting my 'Year of the Rabbit" review!
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Tooncrap rips your least favourite film a new one.
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Thanks for the fav, by the way, and if you encounter any mor bad trainers, please notify me, so I can name and shame them in my rogues gallery.
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Hey Ducky, here is an interesting theory of Mangle's static from FNAF2. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vefe-t…

Felt like you might want to see this. There is gameplay in the background but don't worry, no jumpscares.
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you ever heard of the abomable cover of O holy night?
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did you begin your new Hoenn adventure this month?
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I'm probably not going to get this game, to be honest.
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How come?
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I will admit, I've just never taken interest in the 'revisiting regions' games.... I don't know, just doing the same thing again doesn't catch my interest too much. :shrug:

And it doesn't help that more Mega Evolutions are introduced.....
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Hi, Duckyworth! Thank you very much for the fav!
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I have to ask.

In a review you are working on or have done, wouldnt you forget my personal feelings for that said movie. I would be glad if my thoughts of a movie was added in.
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well.... you know those polls I submit, asking people for their thoughts on a film, if you comment in there, and I have enough room in my review for it, I will put it in. :)
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Hillygon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
So it can be any review you have done, right?

Btw, did you check out my "Admirable Animations" deviations?

If not, you can check them out and comment.
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