I love movies that teach.
Too often, today's kids don't learn anything in school about
history and stuff, and that's where movies can make such a big
difference in their young lives.
Case in point: the current 20th Century Fox picture, Anastasia.
This is the completely true story of Anastasia, the last princess
of Russia and the true heir to the throne of that large, cold
See, in about 1918 or so, the happy and loving ruling family of
Russia was overthrown by a mass of wrong-doers driven mad by the
magic curse of an evil sorcerer named Rasputin.
Although I'm not exactly sure what happened to the rest of the
family, the grandmother ended up in Paris and the youngest
grand-daughter, Anastasia, lost her memory and ended up in an
orphanage. Apparently everyone else went skiing or something like
This is a major event in the history of the world, and especially
of the forever snow-covered land of Russia, wherever that is. (I
looked for it on my globe - a good and sturdy item I got for
Christmas in 1982 - and couldn't find it.) Thank God Hollywood is
here to teach us.
This movie, or rather, this documentary, stars the narrative
voice talents of Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Christopher
Lloyd and more. I mean wow, did they get some big names to do this
baby! I'm glad to see so many stars take an interest in an
educational feature such as this. Gives me hope for mankind.
The great thing about Anastasia is, not only does it teach, but
it entertains as well. A number of wonderful musical numbers pepper
the film, and there is a funny bat.
My hat is off to this fine film. Because of it, I feel that I
am in touch with a part of history that I may otherwise have
completely ignored. I mean it's not everyday that a young girl
grows up through adversity to find herself. And with an evil
sorcerer trying to kill her the entire time, no less!
I give Anastasia 3 2/3 Babylons. Which is the highest I have
ever rated a documentary.
The fact that this movie is a cartoon seems to have passed the
Self-Made Critic by completely. I was going to tell him, but then
he would have rewritten the review, and it's hard enough getting
one review a week out of him, let alone two.
Directed by: Don Bluth & Gary Goldman (The
Secret of NIMH guys!)
Starring: Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Kelsey
Grammer, Christopher Lloyd, Hank Azaria, Bernadette Peters, Kirsten
Dunst, Angela Lansbury and Andrea Martin. Andrea Martin!!! From
SCTV!!! She rocks!