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Many viewers still make the mistake: “Anastasia”, directed by Don Bluth in the 90s, is NOT a Disney studio production.

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Princess dresses, songs worthy of a musical, a beautiful love story, meticulous animation and a very dirty villain…

At first glance, Anastasia seems to have all the basic characteristics of a Disney from the 90s. So much so that the day we discovered her it seemed almost impossible that she had not been invented by the famous artists of the haunted studios.

It looks like a Disney…

Released in 1998, the same year as Mulan, Anastasia follows the adventures of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, heir to the Romanov family and daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, whose dynasty is shattered by the Russian Revolution. While she tries to flee from the Bolsheviks, the young woman suffers amnesia after a blow to the head and seeks to go to Paris to reunite with her loved ones, also hoping to find traces of her origins.

Rocked by a magnificent soundtrack, an epic story and first-hand animation, Anastasia has everything of a great Disney and seems to be directly in the line of films such as Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas or The Hunchback of Notre-Dame ( released a few years earlier).

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…but it’s not Disney!

However, contrary to what is usually heard everywhere, Anastasia is not at all the work of the Disney studios, since it was produced by the animation subsidiary of 20th Century Fox and was directed by the illustrious Don Bluth.

This cartoon genius, after having worked for Disney in the 80s and after important artistic disagreements with the managers of the time, had left Mickey’s house to practice his profession on his own.

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His collaboration with other talented animators and with the famous Steven Spielberg (as producer) allowed Don Bluth to give rise, in the 80s and 90s, to several animated feature films whose quality and popularity sometimes rivaled those of Disney productions. .

Among his most notable works are Fievel and the New World, The Little Dinosaur and the Valley of Wonders, Thumbelina and therefore… Anastasia.

The next time we talk to you about Don Bluth’s film as an essential classic from the Disney studios, you will know that this is not the case, and that Anastasia is actually the heir to the rival company.

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