Anastasia - Pre-Production - Character Design - Rasputin
Bluth, Don--1937 -
Princesses -- Russia -- Fiction
Anastasia, Grand Duchess, daughter of Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1901-1918 -- Fiction
Anastasia is an animated musical film released by Fox Animation Studios under the direction of Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, in 1997. The story is about Anya, the daughter of Tsar Nicholas, who escapes the assassination plan of her family by the evil Rasputin, but suffers amnesia in the process. The young Anya grows up in an orphanage. Ten years later, she looks for evidence about who she is and meets conmen who suspect she could impersonate the lost Anastasia and wish to cash in on the reward offered by her Grandmother, the Dowager Empress Marie. She also meets Rasputin who does not wish her well. Eventually, she makes her way to Paris with the conmen, manages to defeat the evil Rasputin by crushing his reliquary, and eventually finds love, forgoing her royal heritage to elope with the conman Dmitri.
Rasputin was a well known and controversial person involved with the Romanov family and there is good photo evidence of his appearance. Even so, the character designs here experiment with various beards and clothing alternatives. There was as much controversy about his death as there was in his life.
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