Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanov of Russia, also known as Anya, is the titular protagonist of the 1997 Don Bluth film of the same name, and a fictional version of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia. She is voiced by Meg Ryan, while Liz Callaway provides her singing voice. She is the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia ("Anya"), the youngest daughter and one of two surviving members of the Imperial family. Since 2019, Disney fans and Anastasia fans have considered her to be a de facto Disney Princess, since Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets (including 20th Century Fox and its animation division) and their massive back-catalogue of films (including her own).
Why She Rocks
- She is based on a real person, rather than a fairy tale character, which is very unique for an animated princess character.
- Her musical numbers, especially Journey to the Past and Once Upon a December are well composed and excellent.
- She wears a total of 13 outfits throughout her movie, but the yellow dress pictured above is considered the best and very cute.
- She is one of the very few animated princess characters to come from Eastern Europe or any Slavic country, which is very awesome.
- Due to Disney buying out 20th Century Fox in 2019, she is now considered by fans to be a de facto Disney Princess.
- Her animal companions, Pooka the spaniel and Bartok the magnificent comic relief pallid bat are cute.
- Her final showdown with Grigori Rasputin is awesome.
- Her extremely heartwarming relationship with Dimitri.
- Since the real life discovery of Anastasia's corpse in 2007, she feel not so great like when it was first released, as here real life counterpart didn't really survive the Russian Revolution, though to be fair, the discovery didn't take place until ten years later after the film was released.
- She was completely redesigned in the Broadway Musical adaptation of her film, and a lot of her iconic dresses were dropped in favor of more historically accurate dresses, which was only done to appease Russian Orthodox Christians, which is inexcusable since her movie version already has historically accurate dresses like the court dress near the end of the movie.