'Anastasia' is a delight, but it's not good history

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November 28, 1998|By Chris Kaltenbach

Though not up to the best of Disney, 20th Century Fox's "Anastasia" (7 p.m.-9 p.m., HBO) is a frequently delightful animated take on the legend of Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Russia's last czar, Nicholas, and his wife, Alexandra. Meg Ryan, at her sauciest, is the voice of the young czarina, who escapes the violent fate of the rest of her family and ends up in an orphanage, with no memory of who she is. Some of the animation is quite stunning, particularly a dream sequence staged in the czar's former palace. And while some of the action may be too intense for very young children, the theme of a young girl struggling to recapture her past and regain what's rightfully hers should go over well with both parents and youngsters. A warning, however: The film is awful history. Besides Ryan, other voices include John Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Angela Lansbury and Hank Azaria.

Pub Date: 11/28/98

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