This is a fun Princess story, ranking among even the Disney Princesses in my own oppinion. But like other historically based 'Disney Princess' movies (though this is a movie by Don Bluth, not Disney) it has a lot of inaccuracies for those who know a thing or two about Russian history. This is not a history movie though, it is a story about a Princess, not the pinnacle of historical accuracy. So please, please, please, don't learn your Russian history from this movie!
The story is loosely based on a stage play, based on the rumours that one of the Romanov daughters, (thought to be Anastasia since it was most poetic, her name does mean 'to rise again') somehow escaped when her family was excecuted. This was due to onne of the bodies being missing at the time. While most would like to believe she did, DNA evidence has confirmed that Anastasia did die with her family. So this movie is indeed just a fantasy based on rumours and wishful thinking.
Still, this is a fun movie, with charming characters, suspensful action scenes, memorable songs such as 'Once Upon a December', and a wacky villain. It's also a very family friendly movie, though I have my doubts that young boys will be very interested in it. The animation is slightly off at times, but many of the hand drawn sequences are absolutely breath taking. It's definitly worth a watch for any fan of Princesses, but history buffs might lose their minds.