Anastasia (1997)

Credit: darkrealmfox.comAnastasia, the long-lost daughter of the Russian Tsar, tries to find her way home while trying to avoid the clutches of an evil wizard whose eyeballs sometimes fall out (the wizard’s eyeballs, not Anastasia’s).


If you like body parts flying off at a moment’s notice, then this might be for you.

I actually attended a lecture by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, the two directors of this film. In case you’re not familiar with their work, they were the brains behind classics like The Rescuers, The Secret of NIMH, and An American Tail (Basically, if it had rats or mice in it, they made it). They seemed like very down-to-earth guys who want to make the world a better place, and I think their films are great for families.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW:  There are several scenes which could very easily scare your kids. I’m talking age six and under, not the 36 year-old son that still lives at home and plays video games in the basement.

I like this film because it underscores the blessing of having “home, love, family” as well as having faith that when you do you all you can, God will lead you in the right direction.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

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