|“||You think you can banish the great Rasputin? By the unholy powers vested in me, I banish *you*, with a curse. Mark my words, you and your family will die within a fortnight. I will not rest until I see the end of the Romanov line forever!||„|
|~ Rasputin casting a curse upon Tsar Nicholas II and the Romanov family.|
|“||My old friend together again! *laughs* Now, my dark purpose will be fulfilled, and the last of the Romanovs will DIE!||„|
|~ Rasputin reuniting with his Reliquary.|
Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (simply known as Rasputin) is the main antagonist of the 1997 Don Bluth feature film distributed by 20th Century Fox, Anastasia.
He is based loosely on the real-life psychic Grigori Rasputin: however in the film he is depicted as a far more malevolent being of black magic than the real-life Rasputin, though the two share the common title of "Mad Monk".
He was voiced by the legendary American voice actor, Christopher Lloyd (who also portrayed Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit), and his singing voice was provided by the popular and renowned American voice actor, Jim Cummings (who also voiced Ed the Hyena in The Lion King).
Rasputin was banished for treason by the Russian czar, Nicholas Romanov.
Eager for revenge for his then banishment, Rasputin plans on destroying the Russian royalty. He sold his soul to the otherworldy forces of darkness in exchange for his Reliquary and for the power to destroy the czar Nicholas II and his family, in the process becoming a lich (a type of undead creature with magical powers). He then returns to the Russian palace and inflicts on the czar's family with the Romanov curse. All of the royals are killed by Rasputin and the Russian soldiers, except for the czar's mother, Mary Romanov, and his daughter, Anastasia. Rasputin eventually attempts to murder Anastasia while chasing her across a frozen river, but drowns after falling through the ice, losing his amulet in the process and he is unable to die until he completes his curse.
Return and Ultimate Death 10 years after
|“||Anastasia, your Imperial Highness. Look what ten years has done to us: you are a beautiful young flower. Me..... a rotting corpse. (Anastasia: That face...) Last seen at a party like this one. (Anastasia: A curse.....) Followed by a tragic night on the ice. REMEMBER??!!!||„|
|~ Rasputin confronting Anastasia on the bridge of Pont Alexandre III.|
10 years later, Rasputin is trapped in limbo, then his amulet is back in his hands thanks to Bartok. Driven more by his intense and malevolent desire for revenge, he wishes to finish off what he started before he rests in peace by killing Anastasia. Putting his demonic minions to work on finding and destroying her but failing, he is accompanied throughout the film by his reluctant minion Bartok, who is an albino bat who constantly tries to sway Rasputin away from his obsession but is largely ignored until Bartok eventually gives up.
After two assassination attempts, Rasputin grows tired of his magic constantly failing so he and Bartok return from limbo back to Paris to confront and kill Anastasia there in person. Realizing now that Rasputin can no longer be reasoned, Bartok leaves him and becomes an entertainer in the cities of Moscow. Meanwhile, Rasputin confronts Anastasia on Pont Alexandre III and in the resulting final battle, he loses hold of his amulet and Anastasia shatters it completely, destroying the magic, avenging her family, and killing the evil sorcerer once and for all, much to Rasputin's distraught. As Rasputin dies, his skin liquidated in a green color, His cloak rotting away, and His remains reduced to dust by the dark powers while his soul is dragged away to Hell forever.
- It was because of Rasputin that Anastasia almost received a PG rating by the MPAA.
- Rasputin in Anastasia is one of several fictionalized versions of Rasputin being portrayed as villain. The others being Rasputin from the Hellboy franchise as an agent of Ogdru Jahad, Rasputin from Red Dwarf series,Rasputin from Shadow Hearts, Ivanovic from Dance in the Vampire Bund, and Rasputin from Drifters.
- The real Rasputin, while very unpopular with the Russian people, was actually very close with the family of Tsar Nicholas, particularly the Tsarina and her daughters. Contrary to his reputation, he was not an evil sorcerer; he was an eccentric monk, mystic, and healer. Neither was Rasputin the cause of the Romanov family's death. He had been killed more than a year and a half before the Bolshevik Communists overthrew the government and executed the Romanovs.