How I Got Interested | Anastasia Romanov

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Back in May, I wrote about my love for Anne Boelyn on the anniversary of her execution. I’ve been a supporter of Queen Anne for so long that I felt if there was one royal that I could freely talk about on here, it would be her, but my knowledge of British royalty goes back a little bit further until reaches out to the current royal house: Windsor.

In today’s post though, I wanted to discuss another previous royal family that I have always been interested in since I was a young girl. Like most children of the nineties, we all watched the movie Anastasia and fell in love with the myth of the one Romanov family member to survive the end of the empire in the early 1900’s. Of course, it was all fictionalized of the demise of the Romanov family.

There was a real Anastasia Romanov but she was one of four daughters of Tsar Nicholas II and his British wife, who was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Tsarina Alexandra Fedorovna. Their children were Olga, Maria, Tatiana, Anastasia and heir apparent Alexi. Their son had the disease haemophilia, this is where the blood can’t clot properly so there’s a lot of bleeding after suffering any other damage to the body, even if it’s a simple bruise. This was a serious condition back in the 1800’s to mid 1900’s as there wasn’t any antibiotics for it that could help.

I don’t remember how I came to know the origins of the Russia’s last royal family, I think maybe a teacher had told us because it was popular among my friends, but I don’t think I was told by anybody in my family though. Not because they didn’t know about it, I just don’t think they wanted to explain the brutality of their murders so that’s how I see that piece of information wasn’t passed down to us.

I don’t know how I get started with these different families through the films I watch and why they’re always of people who were killed at the hands of somebody else. If anybody’s counting, that’s two already! I’m in the next post I figured a more happier royal, if there is such a thing.

How did you figure out that Anastasia Romanov was actually a real person and not just a made up princess for a movie?

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Favorite Non-Disney Films!

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I talked a lot about movies in January and it was mostly because the first two months of the new year are usually very unpredictable for me. Our weather can go back and forth between a typical cold day to freezing rain, thunder, and eventually a couple of inches of snow. I don’t usually have a lot of bright ideas like I did at the end of the year, because I’m not leaving the house a lot. So in other words, my nana and I are not getting together and coming up with our crafts and other stuff.

So if you are a little tired of all the movie posts, well this isn’t the post for you. Honestly, if February is anything like last month then I might be doing a lot of movie posts. This is your warning now!

I have been thinking about this idea for almost 2 years now and no, I’m not kidding! Technically you can blame Danielle of Underland To Wonderland. She is, in my opinion, the #1 best Disney blogger I follow on the blogosphere. She told me that she’s never liked the non-Disney films, but she has a fairly large collection of everything that isn’t Disney. For the past two years, I thought she had a post like this one and I thought if I posted it after her then it would have looked like I copied her or vice versa. So I’ve been sort of comfortable in waiting for the right time to unleashed my favorite non-Disney films ever!

I’m directing my focus on just Don Bluth films. I figured he had a lot more that he had created, so I figured that if I find any more animated, non-Disney flicks than there will be a second post.

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1.) Anastasia – 1997

I love Anastasia! It was a beloved film in my household with my sister and I.

I have always wondered what really created my love of history and mythology. I believe one of the first stories, or conspiracy theories I’ve ever heard were the rumors of both the real Anastasia and her little brother future czar Alexei Romanov were thought to be alive after their entire family were brutally murdered in 1918. The reason why I bring it up because at this time I was interested in Ancient Egypt and Greek mythology after watching Disney’s version of Hercules. Despite not knowing how I became a total history nut, I really love this film!

I think it also has a great soundtrack! I am still kicking myself that I had bought the album (even though I only wanted two songs!) like a couple of months before our home computer crapped out on us, and I had burned myself on it so I had almost all of the songs unchecked on iTunes and when I switched my iPod, I lost all of those songs and I haven’t been able to find them on Spotify either!

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2.) Thumbelina – 1994

If you were to ask Blondie which of the non-Disney films we were obsessed with as kids, there’s a big chance she won’t remember; that’s where I come in because I’m pretty sure this was her favorite. I’m still surprised this wasn’t a favorite of mine though, but I think the “magic” of it and the face that finding somebody like me as a kid was an impossible feat. I had trouble believing in it.

I loved the songs and still do. I remember as a child getting very frustrated singing the songs from both Thumbelina and Anastasia and having the most difficult time hitting a high note and letting it go. Back then, my back was really bad and I wasn’t able to take in a deep breath and sing as well as I feel like I can nowadays. I’m proud to say that I can hit those infamous notes!

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3.) The Land Before Time – 1988

If you were born in the late 80’s or sometime in the 90’s, you might have heard of this film than any other because it was one of Don Bluth’s best films!

I do know for a fact that this was what got me interested in dinosaurs. There’s no question about it, because I tried to watch Jurassic Park with my parents once and was haunted by those suckers for most of my childhood. However, the fossils and bones seemed to intrigue me for some odd reason. And Littlefoot and his band of dinos were the perfect combination for me! Kiddie films about history of any kind, usually worked well! For a little fun fact, I wanted to be Littlefoot. I tried to stretch my neck out and everything. I’m starting to realize why my mom never takes me seriously, she had to put up with that for a number of years!

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4.) All Dogs Go To Heaven – 1989

I’ll be honest I like the second movie a lot better compared to the first. I’ve always been interested in sequels more than the original, but here’s a way to think about it. If we didn’t have the original, we wouldn’t have the sequels.

Anyways, my favorite characters from the first were Itchy (of course!) and Annabelle. Even though, she seems more like an angel in this one than the second movie. Maybe it’s because she’s basically the “alpha” in Heaven. I also think this film is good if you have children and they ask you questions where animals go after they’ve passed on. Trust me, going this route is a lot better than a freaking pastor telling your sister that your pets don’t go to heaven after your family dog has died. Thanks a lot asshole! And if you have ever told any child that, you’re even worse!

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5.) An American Tail – 1986

I’ll be honestly, I barely remember this movie. I remember the layout of it; I actually “rented” it for a couple of days back in October to see if any scenes or dialogue would jump out at me like if I would remember anything, but it didn’t work, but watching it as an adult was pretty interesting, considering I wasn’t supposed to be awake in the first place so in ways I felt like I was a kid again!

I think it’s an adorable little movie. I’ve always liked movies with mice in it and I don’t know why! I kind of wonder if Blondie was into it as a kid because she’s a lover of mice (despite becoming a cat lady lately!) at one point we had two rats and over 7 hamsters–not at one time though! Dad would have had a cow if that ever happened! However, she did have a pair of twins once and we got their sexes wrong, apparently the female died and “Thomas” became “Thomasina”. They all seemed to like me too! We would always sneaked one or both out of their cages whenever dad would leave the house! We still do that, but exchanged the rodents with our cats instead!

What is your favorite Don Bluth’s film? Which character were obsessed with growing up?

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