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Results Of The Anastasia Movie Rating

Friday, March 30, 2018
I added a ratings capsule or widget to this post about the Anastasia 1997 animated film produced by Fox Animation Studio and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The movie is based on the story of Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov of Russia, the daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and how she might have survived the Romanov massacre.

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This pic shows Anya or Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov of Russia, the main character of the Anastasia 1997 animated movie by Fox, and Dimitri, her love interest

The post is about how believable and realistic it was for Anya, the protagonist, to learn how to be a Grand Duchess so quickly. It used to be published on HubPages, but I decided to delete it from that site and post it here on Movies Meta instead.

Below, you can see the results of the ratings capsule for the article in question:

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Since I moved the post to Movies Meta and the old ratings capsule has now been deleted, I decided to create a new ratings widget for the Anastasia movie. You can see this below:

So, how 'bout you? What do you think about this movie? How would you rate it?

- First pic is the cover of the Anastasia movie from; link shown above
- Second pic is a screenshot from my HubPages account

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

Monday, March 19, 2018
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 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.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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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 or 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.

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?

- Pics are from; links shown above via Amazon's Custom Native Shopping Ads widget
- This was previously published on HubPages in 2015

Why You Will Think Of A Movie Trailer When You See This Free Beer Commercial?

Saturday, February 10, 2018
This beer commercial actually stars American actor David Duchovny. He’s well-known for his role in Californication and The X-Files TV series.

One of the unique things about this commercial is the fact that it's NOT an American commercial and yet it stars an American actor. This is actually a Russian commercial. It's for the Russian beer brand known as Siberian Crown (Сибирская Корона (read as Sibirskaya Korona) in Russian Cyrillic).

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In the commercial, David wonders what his life would have been like if he’d been born in Russia, if he were Russian. In the end, he says that there are many things that Russians can be proud of. Check out this post for more info about the commercial.

Thoughts on the Siberian Crown Russian beer commercial starring David Duchovny

I thought it was an okay commercial, but it was kind of long. In fact, if you didn't know from the beginning that this was a commercial for beer, you would have thought that this was actually a trailer for a movie.

Why you'd think this is actually a movie trailer and NOT a commercial?

It's not just because of the length of the commercial. It's also because the Siberian Crown beer only shows up twice in the whole video (at the beginning when David Duchovny orders beer at the bar and at the end when he gets the beer he ordered) even though the entire thing should have been all about it.

The logo itself can only be seen at the end. So, it's pretty hard to see what most of the so-called commercial has to do with the Siberian Crown beer. I talk more about this issue in this post here.

Controversy and Criticism

There's also a lot of controversy and criticism surrounding this commercial and David Duchovny, considering what has happened in the world (such as the Malaysian Airlines MH17 tragedy, which is being blamed on Russia, and the crisis in Ukraine).

What's your opinion?

So, if you’ve seen the Russian beer commercial, what did you think about it?

If you haven't seen the commercial yet, here's a YouTube video:

Note: yes, it's a commercial for Russian beer, but this particular video includes English subtitles. Plus, since it actually stars an American actor, most of the dialog is in English. There's Russian Cyrillic too for those who can read and understand the aforementioned language.

- Pic is by Bernt Rostad (CC:BY) from flickr
- This was previously published on Niume on November 21, 2016