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Anastasia Animated Movie - Reasons Why Grand Duchess Anya Is Believable?

Updated on March 24, 2016
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Anastasia is a 1997 animated film produced by Fox Animation Studio and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The main character of said movie is Anastasia (also known as Anya) and she just so happens to be a Grand Duchess. Why and how is it possible for Anya to learn how to be a Grand Duchess so quickly? Is this realistic and believable?

Warning for possible spoilers

Of the Anastasia 1997 animated movie by Fox

The story of the Anastasia movie

This animated film is actually based on the myth or rumor that Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov of Russia, the daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, was able to survive the Romanov massacre.

Anya, the protagonist, looking like Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov of Russia. She's with Dimitri, her love interest in the Anastasia 1997 animated movie
Anya, the protagonist, looking like Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov of Russia. She's with Dimitri, her love interest in the Anastasia 1997 animated movie | Source

Anya, the main character

An incident in Russia causes Anya to lose her memories

In this movie, we are introduced to Anya (voiced by Kirsten Dunst (child) and Meg Ryan (adult)), the main and title character. She lost her memories and was unfortunately separated from her family when she was very young.

The only clue that Anya has and her reasons for wanting to leave Russia

The only clue that she has as to the whereabouts of her family is thanks to a locket. This locket has the words "together in Paris". Believing that she can find her family and her true identity in Paris, France, Anya wants to go there.

Anastasia
Anastasia

Anya is the main character of this 1997 animated movie by Fox Animation Studio. The guy beside Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov of Russia in this pic is Dimitri, the Russian guy who wants the money that the Dowager Empress is offering but ends up falling in love with the protagonist instead

 

Anya meets 2 Russian men- Dimitri and Vladimir

Anya meets Vladimir (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) and Dimitri (voiced by John Cusack) in Russia. These 2 have the means of getting her to Paris.

The Russians are looking for an Anastasia look-alike in order to fool the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna (voiced by Angela Lansbury).

Marie is looking for her granddaughter, the Grand Duchess Anastasia, and is prepared to pay a huge sum of money to whoever can reunite her with her long-lost granddaughter.

Dimitri and Vladimir want this money. Seeing that Anya looks so similar to the real grand duchess, they convince her that she just might be the Dowager Empress' granddaughter. Since the 2 men are heading to Paris where Marie is, Anya agrees to go with them.

This is the official trailer for the Anastasia 1997 animated movie by Fox Animation Studio

Anya learns how to be a grand duchess on short notice

Vladimir and Dimitri teach Anya everything that they know about Anastasia to ensure that the Dowager Empress will fall for the ruse.

By the time they arrive in Paris, Anya knows all there is to know about being Grand Duchess Anastasia. As such, she is able to easily answer all the questions thrown at her by Sophie (voiced by Bernadette Peters), Marie's lady-in-waiting and first cousin.

Sophie was tasked by the Dowager Empress to test all the women who claimed to be Anastasia since there were many who merely pretended to be the grand duchess just so that they could get the reward money.

In the background, you can see Anya looking like an ordinary Russian girl with no memories of her past. In the foreground, you can see Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov with Dimitri, her boyfriend or love interest
In the background, you can see Anya looking like an ordinary Russian girl with no memories of her past. In the foreground, you can see Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov with Dimitri, her boyfriend or love interest | Source

Why and how is this believable and realistic?

At first glance, it may seem unbelievable and even unrealistic to see how quickly and easily Anya was able to know and learn all these things about being Anastasia in such a short period of time.

After all, is it really possible for someone to know everything there is to know about a person? How does the Anastasia animated film manage to make this part believable and realistic then?

The answer lies in the way the passage of time worked in this movie. This made all these things seem plausible, realistic and believable.

Traveling from St. Petersburg, Russia to Paris, France

Anya, Dimitri and Vladimir didn’t get to Paris, France in one single day. It took them quite some time before they arrived at their destination and before they got to meet up with Sophie and the Dowager Empress.

They were in St. Petersburg, Russia at first. Then, they had to ride a train and they even had to board a ship before they could finally arrive in Paris, France. This meant that Anya had all that time to learn all the things that she needed to know about Anastasia.

27 x 40 Anastasia Movie Poster
27 x 40 Anastasia Movie Poster

See that weird and odd-looking guy on the right? That's supposed to be Rasputin. In the Anastasia 1997 animated film by Fox, he's the main evil villain / antagonist who's out to get Anya

 

Importance of time and the truth that Anya is Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov of Russia

This meant that Dimitri and Vladimir had all that time to teach Anya all the information that she needed to know. Anya also had all that time to learn how to act and be like Anastasia.

The fact that Anya really is the Grand Duchess Anastasia also helped because this meant that she already knows all the things that Dimitri and Vladimir are telling her about.

It’s just that, thanks to her amnesia, she couldn’t recall anything. However, the memories were still inside her even if she couldn’t remember them. She just needed a little boost to help her remember everything.

How would you rate the Anastasia animated movie?

3.5 out of 5 stars from 2 ratings of Anastasia 1997 Animated Movie

What do you think?

So, what about you? What do you think? Do you agree that it was believable, possible and realistic that Anya was able to learn how to act like Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov of Russia so quickly and easily? Or do you think that this was unbelievable and that it doesn't make sense?

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