So I finally got around to listening to the Anastasia soundtrack and I have temporarily forgotten about “The Great Comet of 1812”. Anastasia was my childhood, man. It gets some privileges. It kills me that I’ll never be able to see this musical on Broadway, but maybe someday some local theater will perform it. I can only hope. There isn’t much about the Broadway version that I find superior to the movie, though. I love Gleb, but then again I would love Ramin Karimloo if he were reading the yellow pages. The fact that he’s playing a cross between Javert and The Phantom is….goddamn. I want to know more. The additional songs are great, but none of them are at the same level as the film songs. They’re nice additions, but nothing too special. Also the actor and actress who play Dimitri and Anastasia are perfect. Different than the film counterparts, but still great.
No, I’d rather talk about the film. I usually describe the film as “a cross between a Disney classic and a romantic comedy….that’s not actually Disney”. Dimitri is my favorite Disney prince that’s not actually Disney. Anastasia is kickass. Vlad is great. Rasputin and Bartok are a fun duo. It’s unfortunate that the musical cuts their part out. The story is action-packed, the characters are fun and decently complex, and the animation is great. There are a lot of feelings and the beats all hit just right. Is it historically accurate? Not really. But, once you get past that, it’s a good film on it’s own. I would highly recommend it. I really need to rewatch it. I’m a huge Disney fan and I would gladly count this up there with the best of the Disney Princess films.