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First appearanceCinderella (1950)
Created by{{{created by}}}
Voiced byLucille Bliss (original film)
Tress MacNeille (sequels)
Lesli Margherita (singing voice in sequels)
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Anastasia Tremaine is the redheaded older ugly daughter of Lady Tremaine. She appears in Walt Disney's Cinderella, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time. She is voiced by Lucille Bliss in the original film[1] and Tress MacNeille in the sequels.[2]

DevelopmentEdit

Pat Williams, James Denney, and Jim Denney report that actress "Lucille Bliss was the voice of Cinderella's stepsister, Anastasia, an experience that remains one of her fondest memories." The actress explains, "I was just a teenager when I got the part...I read that Walt had personally selected me for the part of Anastasia."[3]

Personality Edit

In her first movie, she is portrayed as awkward, clumsy, foolish, and bossy along with her more mean-spirited sister Drizella, and has a bad taste in music. During the song called "Sing Sweet Nightingale", she plays the flute. She has fights with her sister often, and as seen in her third movie, is an awful dancer which causes accidents along with the glass slipper she tried on. Unlike her sister and mother, she has a little more compassion.

Her attitude changes when she sees the baker that she really is in love with during the third story called "An Uncommon Romance" in her second movie. In one of the scenes, she has a bonnet on her head and is shown to have a music box with figures of Cinderella and the Prince dancing in it. She tries to get close to the baker, but her mother is preventing her from it. Her beautifully true-hearted stepsister Cinderella convinces her that the baker is a really nice man and she willingly tells her to follow her heart. She says that Lady Tremaine is wrong. She and her mice and birds help Anastasia and the baker become reconciled. Near the end of the story in the movie, they attend Cinderella's ball together and Anastasia thanks her.

In the third movie, she dreams about marrying a prince and living a happily ever after. It really happens so during the musical number called "Perfectly Perfect" when she fights with her sister and gets kicked out of the door. As she follows the horses and climbs up a tree to find what's happening, she snatches the magic wand the fairy godmother has dropped in front of her. She learns the incantation, "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo" and accidentally transforms the black cat Lucifer almost into a swan. Fighting over the wand, she says the same incantion to transform the fairy godmother into a statue and regrets what she did. As her mother reverses time, it goes back to the scene that came from the original film and the time to put the glass slipper into her foot. Obviously, she and her sister are fighting each other damaging the party the King has settled. Her mother turns her into a fake Cinderella. To let the real Cinderella marry the prince, she says "I don't" at the last minute. After her sister and mother have turned into toads, she uses the wand to transform her Cinderella form back into herself and to revive the Fairy Godmother and gives it back to her in her confession. She also offers to return the seashell given to her back to the King, but he tells her to keep it and says that everyone deserves true love. Presumably she does get a happy ending as she doesn't suffer the same fate as her mother and sister who end up as servants at the palace as a punishment.

Though Anastasia was also mean to Cinderella, she is kinder than Drizella and has a nicer side as seen in the two sequels.

Wardrobe Edit

Anastasia's most common dress attire is the magenta coloured dress which she wears with a gold coloured headpiece and purple slippers.

Her hairstyle is in multiple long curls which run down her back and sway when she moves. During the first film, she was seen as physically ugly, however in the sequels, she blossomed into a pretty young woman as her inner goodness developed.

ReceptionEdit

Variety asserts that "stepsister Anastasia is appreciably more sympathetic" in Cinderella III.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Tim Hollis, Greg Ehrbar, Mouse tracks: the story of Walt Disney Records (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2006), 69.
  2. "Cinderella III Twists Its Way to DVD," Animation World Network (February 06, 2007).
  3. Pat Williams, James Denney, and Jim Denney, How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Magic Every Day of Your Life (HCI, 2004), 161.
  4. JOE LEYDON, "Review of Cinderella III: A Twist in Time," Variety (Feb. 5, 2007).

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