|“||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.|
|“||Now my dark purpose will be fulfilled, and the last of the Romanovs will DIE!||„|
|~ Rasputin upon being resurrected.|
Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (Russian: Григорий Ефимович Распутин), or better known as his surname Rasputin, is the main antagonist of the 1997 Don Bluth animated feature film Anastasia by 20th Century Fox. He is loosely based on the real-life Russian psychic of the same name: however, in the film, he is depicted as a far more malevolent and manipulative being of black magic than the real-life Rasputin, though the two share the common title of "Mad Monk". He is Anastasia and Dimitri's arch-nemesis.
He was voiced by Christopher Lloyd, who also played Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Reggie Shand in Walk Like a Man, The Hacker in Cyberchase, Merlock in DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, Lord Imaru in The Secret Treasure of Machu Picchu by Golden Films, Mr. Clipboard in Foodfight!, Bill Crowley in I Am Not A Serial Killer, Dr. Heep in Baby Geniuses, and Kruge in the Star Trek universe. However, his singing voice was provided by Jim Cummings, who also played Razoul in Disney's Aladdin, Ed the Hyena in Disney's The Lion King, and Long John Silver in The Pagemaster by 20th Century Fox, and Steele in Balto by Universal Pictures, and was also half of the singing voice of Scar in Disney's The Lion King.
Rasputin was banished for treason by the Russian Tsar Nicholas Romanov.
Eager for revenge for his then banishment, Rasputin planned on destroying the Russian royalty. He sold his soul to the otherworldly 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, Marie Romanov, and his daughter, Anastasia. Rasputin eventually attempts to murder Anastasia with his bare hands while chasing her across a frozen river. Jumping from the bridge above, he tackles the young girl face first onto the thin ice, losing his amulet in the process. He viciously grabs her by the ankle and thrashes her about; threatening her life whilst she begs for mercy. But the ice under the evil man begins to break before he can get any closer to the young Romanov. The empress quickly rushes her away from the drowning man who sinks and he is unable to die until he completes his curse.
Return and Ultimate Death 10 years after
|“||Rasputin: Anastasia, your Imperial Highness. Look what ten years has done to us; you are a beautiful young flower. And Me..... a rotting corpse.
Anastasia: That face...
Rasputin: Last seen at a party like this one.
Anastasia: that curse.....
Rasputin: 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 a white bat.
Rasputin summons his army of green demons to kill Anya and complete his revenge. He has the demons sabotage the train Anya, Dimitri and Vlad are on, by separating the train with an engine and baggage car from the dining car and coaches in Poland. However, Anya, Vladimir, and Dimitri jump off the train to avoid falling to their deaths, to Rasputin's fury.
Later, Anya, Dimitri, and Vlad arrive in from Stralsund, Germany, and board a ship to Paris. That night, as Anya sleeps, Rasputin invades her dreams and causes her to sleepwalk to the edge of the ship. Luckily, Dimitri (alerted by Pooka) awakens and rescues Anya at the last second.
Enraged at the failure, Rasputin throws a childish tantrum. Recomposing himself, he tells Bartok that he will go to Paris himself and kill Anastasia in person. Bartok tries to talk him out of it but to no avail.
Later, Rasputin takes advantage of Pooka leading Anastasia into a garden maze and traps her there to reveal himself. He then tries to kill her on the Alexander Bridge over an icy Seine River; mimicking the same tragic night on the ice they once shared before. Dimitri returns to save her but is injured and knocked unconscious by the Black Pegasus.
Anastasia survives and is filled with rage. She attacks Rasputin and they both wrestle body to body. Pooka snatches the reliquary and it rolls to Anastasia's feet. Anastasia stomps on the reliquary, causing it to explode. With the reliquary gone, Rasputin is unable to keep his end of the devil's contract, so his gargoyle minions turn on him, causing his flesh to be liquefied, his cloak dissolving, and his skeletal body then crumbles away to dust, which the wind then blows away, avenging Anatasia's family and all those who died for his actions. While not stated in the film, the tie-in picture book specifies that due the reliquary's destruction and his inability to fulfil his part of the deal, Rasputin was dragged to Hell.
Bartok the Magnificent
Rasputin makes a silent cameo among the crowd at the Romanov castle.
Since at the beginning of the film, Rasputin was seen as a very manipulative, diabolical, arrogant and wicked man, to the point of killing the entire family without any remorse. He is the type of man who is capable of giving everything to fulfill their promises, bequeathing to the point of selling his soul to dark forces just to have the power to destroy the Romanov Family. He is also seen to be somewhat reckless, obsessive, spontaneous and impulsive with his objectives when these are not achieved, such as the case of Anastasia. He is a man of crude and opprobrious nature, due that he constantly hits his assistant Bartok. Rasputin also has to walk the line between being a truly villainous character yet play a part in a lot of the comedy of the film.
Rasputin is a tall, scary-looking man. He wears a brown robe (however, in the books it has a gold interior) with black shoes, (Which appear to be high heeled). He wears some sort of purple clothing beneath his robe, but the only part of this that is shown is the sleeves. His robe trails along the ground. He has black hair that is tied back into a ponytail and has a black mustache that connects to his long black beard going below his waist. His skin is a rotting, pale green color and he has skeletally long fingers and fingernails. He has a hood that hangs off of the back of the neck of his robe. Around his waist is a gold rope sash with three beads. The rope is tied around his Reliquary which hang at his shins. His sleeves go as long as his waist. Another noticeable feature is that he appears to be wearing nothing under his robe yet he has a strange purple clothing at the neck and sleeves.
After selling his soul, Rasputin is thus transformed into an undead being with supernatural powers (especially skillful evocation of strange green demons), resulting from a Reliquary made of glass, which he is linked to. Being undead for almost 10 years, his body is now rotten and unstable; it follows that on numerous occasions Rasputin loses one or more pieces of his body, though can still put himself back together.
- 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 an antagonist. 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-life 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; instead, 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.
- His real age is unknown, but the actor providing his voice was around 59 years old at the time.
- Ian McKellen (Gandalf's portrayer in the Middle-Earth adpatations by WarnerMedia) was considered for the role of Rasputin before Christopher Lloyd was cast.
- Coincidentally, in the Spanish dub for Anastasia, the late Pepe Mediavilla, known for being the voice of Gandalf and various other Ian McKellen roles, served as Rasputin's voice actor.
- In additional to McKellen, William Hurt was also considered for the role of Rasputin.