|Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin|
|Song(s)||In the Dark of the Night|
|Voice actor(s)||Christopher Lloyd|
|Singing voice actor(s)||Jim Cummings|
Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, also known simply as Rasputin, is the main antagonist of the 1997 Don Bluth feature film Anastasia, distributed by 20th Century Fox. He is an evil, sadistic, malevolent and powerful sorcerer who once was the royal confidant to Tsar Nicholas ll of Imperial Russia and his family, the Romanovs. Having thought to be a holy man, up until he is discovered to be nothing but an unholy charlatan and a traitor, for which he is banished from Russia by the Tsar. This is what drove Rasputin to a lust for vengeance and to placing a powerful curse on the Romanovs, which remained unfulfilled due to the survival of the last Romanov family member, the Tsar's daughter Grand Duchess Anastasia, and he spends his time in the film plotting ways in order to kill her to successfully fulfill his curse, only to be thwarted in the end and dragged to Hell.
He was voiced by legendary actor Christopher Lloyd, while his singing voice was provided by popular and renowned voice actor Jim Cummings.
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 moustache that connects to his long black beard going below his waist. His skin is a rotting, pale green and he has skeletally long fingers and fingernails. He has a hood that hangs off of the back of the neck of the 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 noticable 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 to the devil, 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 twenty years his body is now rotten and unstable; it follows that on numerous occasions Rasputin loses one or more pieces of his body.
Since at the beginning of the film, Rasputin was seen as an arrogant, ruthless, abrasive, sinister, pompous, uncompromising, treacherous, intelligent, negative, rough, accountable, sadistic, pugnacious, ungenerous, traitorous, irritable, nasty and very wicked man, to the point of killing the entire family without any remorse. He's the type of man who is capable of giving everything to fulfill their promises, bequeathing to the point of selling his soul to the devil just to have the power to destroy the Romanov Family. Also, he is seen to be somewhat obsessive and impulsive with his objectives when these are not achieved, such as the case of Anastasia. He's a man of rude nature, due that he constantly hits his assistant, Bartok. Rasputin also has to walk the line between being truly a villain yet play a part in a lot of the comedy of the film.
Role in the filmEditRasputin was an evil, ego maniacal, power-hungry, powerful, and dangerous sorcerer, the self-proclaimed "most mystical man in all of Russia", who was once believed to be a holy man and served as confidant to the Romanov family, but was eventually banished from Russia by Tsar Nicholas II after he became a traitor and was revealed to be nothing but a fraud, and instead an evil, power-mad and unholy sorcerer. His banishment fueled Rasputin's intense hatred towards the Romanov family, and has drove him to plotting his evil plan on doing away with them once and for all. Eager for revenge, Rasputin plans on destroying the Russian royalty. Years later he returns to the Catherine Palace with his faithful yet bumbling minion and assistant, Bartok, an albino bat, where a grand and elegant ball celebrating the 300th anniversary of the royal Romanov's family rule was currently taking place. He interrupts the festivities and silences all the guests into fear with his menacing presence as he walks in bearing an evil smile, descending his dark shadow upon the house of the Romanov family. Tsar Nicholas ll bellows at Rasputin that he was never invited, but the latter, feigning innocence, nonchalantly replies that he is the Tsar's confidant, to which the Tsar scoffs and declares Rasputin a traitor to the Romanov family and orders him to leave. Incensed and enraged, Rasputin then warns the Tsar that he will pay for his actions and swears vengeance on his family, and inflicts on the Tsar's family the deadly and powerful Romanov curse, warning the Tsar that he and his family will die within the fortnight, and that he will not rest until he sees the end of the Romanov forever, and in the process he uses his reliquary to shoot a beam of green light towards the massive chandelier in the ballroom, sending it crashing down and nearly crushing some guests in the process, arousing everyone's fear and creating terror. Having become consumed by his hatred for Tsar Nicholas ll and his family, Rasputin soon sold his soul to the dark forces of hell and possibly Satan himself to obtain the unholy powers necessary to destroy them in the form of a reliquary, becoming a lich in the process (an undead monster with supernatural powers). He sends his flying demonic minions after them, ordering them to "fulfill their dark purpose" and to "seal the fate of the Tsar and his family, once and for all." It was from that time that the Russian Revolution had begun, and the palace was under attack by the Bolshevik armed forces and Rasputin's minions. All of the Romanov royals are killed by Rasputin's minions and the Russian soldiers, except for the Tsar's mother, the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna, and his eight-year-old daughter, the Grand Duchess Anastasia. In the midst of the tragic event, Rasputin eventually attempts to murder Anastasia himself while after seeing her escape the siege in the Catherine Palace with her grandmother. Leaping off a bridge onto the frozen river where the two royals were fleeing in fear together, he confonts her by grasping ahold of the young frightened and helpless Grand Duchess' foot, who screamed in fear, violently thrashing her about whilst tightening his grip on her ankle, chuckling malevolently and vowing that the little girl shall never escape his wrath.
All of the while, the Dowager Empress desperately tried to protect her granddaughter from the evil man's wrath. However, he fails to hold on when the ice suddenly breaks, and Anastasia manages to get her ankle free from the evil sorcerer's grasp as Rasputin falls and drowns into the icy, freezing water depths below, losing his reliquary in the process while desperately calling for his albino bat sidekick, Bartok, who fails to save his beloved master. Rasputin sinks underneath, yet he is unable to die and repay the dark forces and possibly Satan himself until he successfully completes his curse.
10 years later, Rasputin is trapped in limbo, and his reliquary is back in his hands thanks to Bartok. Driven more by his evil and powerful 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 the reluctant Bartok, who constantly tries to sway Rasputin away from his obsession with killing Anastasia and completing his curse, but is largely ignored until Bartok eventually gives up being his minion and helping him in his plans due to being completely fed up with Rasputin's bad temper, constant rage, insanity, and his rudeness and abuse towards him.After two assassination attempts, Rasputin grows tired of his magic constantly failing so he and Bartok return from limbo back to Paris, France to confront and kill Anastasia there in person. Bartok betrays Rasputin and becomes an entertainer in the cities of Moscow. Meanwhile, Rasputin confronts Anastasia on the Pont Alexandre III, and in the resulting final battle, he loses hold of his reliquary and Anastasia shatters it underfoot, which in turn destroys the magic keeping Rasputin alive. As Rasputin dies, his entire body is completely disintegrated and reduced to dust while his soul is dragged away to Hell forever.
- In the movie, Rasputin's first death is based on the real-life myth of his death, which says that he was poisoned, shot, and finally, when neither of those worked, drowned. However this myth is as much fiction as the scene it inspired, as Grigori Rasputin in fact never ingested any of the cyanide and was simply killed by three gunshot wounds, the first two of which were not instantly fatal ones. He was likely already dead by the time the third shot was fired. By the time his body was disposed of in the river, he'd been dead for several hours.
- Additionally, Rasputin's death occurred months before the Russian Revolution, which was actually instigated by socialist and communist forces. The production team of the film were well aware of this, but did not want to involve politics in a children's animated film.
- Rasputin's relationship with the Romanov family was exactly the opposite compared to his real life counter-part, who was very close to the children, especially with Alexei. It was also believed in real life, that he had a part in causing the downfall of the Tsar, though not in the malicious way that was portrayed in the film.
- He, along with Tsar Nicholas II, are the most visually similar compared to their real counter-parts, with the exception that Rasputin's beard was much shorter than it's portrayed in the film.
- Rasputin is the most colorful character in the film.
- During "In the Dark of the Night", the colours of his realm, Limbo go to red, purple, yellow and green. Almost like their is a disco light illuminating the place.
- His robe changes colour from time to time, going from brown to purple to yellow to green and even black.
- His home, Limbo has a eerie turquoise glow around it.
- Rasputin is very famous in Anastasia merchandise.
- He has his own book based on the movie called In the Dark of the Night.
- Burger King were selling a lot of Rasputin figures during the peak of the film.
- Rasputin has his own Figure which comes with a minion, Bartok holding a potion and his Reliquary.
- It is unknown if Rasputin lived in the Palace.