Bartok the Magnificent - Nostalgia Critic

  • Published on Jul 18, 2018
  • Don Bluth has made some great films, but does Anastasia’s comic relief fall in that category? Critic looks at the odd little spin off that takes flight in Bartok the Magnificent.
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    Bartok the Magnificent, directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, is a 1999 direct-to-video spin-off and prequel to the 1997 film Anastasia, which features Hank Azaria as the voice of Bartok, Kelsey Grammer as the voice of Zozi, and Jennifer Tilly as Piloff.
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  • Channel Awesome
    Channel Awesome  11 months ago +406

    What's your favorite Don Bluth film?
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    CHIBI AINSWORTH 7 days ago

    Had this on vhs and love it still to this day

  • Jay Johnson
    Jay Johnson 7 days ago

    There is one glaring problem with this movie... Since Russia has a Tzar, this must be a prequel to Anastasia. That means that, after realizing he could be brave and a really good guy, he fell in with Rasputin, lost all his courage, and became evil...

  • jaeeces
    jaeeces 20 days ago

    I love this movie

  • Liam Patrick
    Liam Patrick 21 day ago +1

    Like if this was one of the movies you owned on VHS.

  • LuisTehSnake
    LuisTehSnake 23 days ago

    3:42 I was dying lol

  • TheBlueDanYube
    TheBlueDanYube 26 days ago

    Dare you to do Titan A.E. (My fave Don Bluth film, FYI.)

  • Ü L T R Æ V Ï Œ L Ë T

    Omg i was just thinking about this movie lol

  • Diego Bareno
    Diego Bareno 29 days ago +1

    Ludmilla: There are 15 million people in this kingdom and you're the only one who has to make trouble.

  • LeviathanSpeaks1469

    In a perfect reality... There is a live action Warhammer 40K Cinematic Universe directed by John Boorman and an animated Warhammer Fantasy series produced and directed by Don Bluth...

  • Doctour Two skull
    Doctour Two skull Month ago

    When you think about it don bluth and tim burton have a lot common. The both have a very unique style and they both work their best when they have complete control of their movies

  • Dragula 827
    Dragula 827 Month ago +1

    Me and critic had the same thoughts someone must've gotten turned on by the dragon transformation scene.

  • Sivos
    Sivos Month ago

    Does.....does Critic not realize Don Bluth can only draw three people? A young woman, a young man, and a fat older man.

  • Phreak Azoith
    Phreak Azoith Month ago

    a cheerio to the big rival at 5:18 ? Bartok standing victorious on top of Poombah in the image painted on the cart?

  • Phreak Azoith
    Phreak Azoith Month ago

    Bartok looks like Brain , from Pinky and Brain, with wings

  • Oliver O
    Oliver O Month ago +2


  • UnlimitedProduction1

    Man I love that animation style. One of the cons to the CGI era is there's no real reason to put money into these unique 2D styles

  • Vik Macháček-Jones
    Vik Macháček-Jones Month ago +1

    Holy shit, you have a weird taste. Anastasia was bad but THIS is good? Dang!

  • reginlief1
    reginlief1 Month ago +3

    I forgot how, um, captivated I was by the dragon scene when I was a kid. And I’m talking yoooung.

    • LukeWarmPlayz
      LukeWarmPlayz 12 hours ago

      reginlief1 the dragon transformation scene was probably the first boner for many preteens ngl

  • Cyber Wasp
    Cyber Wasp Month ago

    Pilaf is actually a type of rice. Considering this movie is set in Russia, it is clear they have mistaken pilaf for a Slavic word, when in reality it is a Persian one. Or Pilaf is just a Persian snake-dog, I dunno.

  • STLCODPS3123
    STLCODPS3123 Month ago +1

    I like the fact that despite taking place in Moscow, only one character has an even remotely Russian accent

  • Дмитрий Гусарев

    Fun fact - there is a russian "kinda-dragon" called Zmey Gorinich. And also the other dragonlike serpent that St. George killed.
    So Lyudmila transformed enther into the last one or the first one but without 2 other heads.
    It's fun being russian and watching movies like these.

  • Steven Dolce
    Steven Dolce Month ago +2

    Watching Ludmilla transform into a dragon was my favorite part of the movie.

  • Lady Marmalade
    Lady Marmalade Month ago

    For a straight to video spin-off of Anastasia (and starring the comic relief character, of all things,) I expected animation on par with Hunchback of Notre Dame II. This has an unexpected and impressive amount of effort put into it.

  • Mattycakes
    Mattycakes Month ago

    How good is Hank Azaria. best Voice Actor ever.

  • Elena Flames
    Elena Flames Month ago +1

    Just from the title and the cover I already assumed that it would be one of those bad straight to DVD Disney movies only for kids and you who is reading this know exactly which ones I mean

  • Alan Feldman
    Alan Feldman Month ago

    3:58 is that audio from Beetlejuice?

  • Isabella Belleza
    Isabella Belleza Month ago

    This was a classic when I was growing up

  • Empty Teacup
    Empty Teacup Month ago

    Omg thank you for reviewing this!!
    I vaguely remember borrowing this movie from my library and watching it on VHS when I was six 😁 I really enjoyed it!
    It makes me seriously miss the charm and fun of 2D animated films ;-;

  • Darkfireice
    Darkfireice 2 months ago

    It kind of has to be a prequel; most of the first movie takes place post the Russian royals taking an acid bath, while this one has living Russian nobles

  • Martin Landström
    Martin Landström 2 months ago

    this movie is shit.

  • LeviathanSpeaks1469
    LeviathanSpeaks1469 2 months ago

    C A B B A G E

  • Metal-Max1991
    Metal-Max1991 2 months ago +1

    I have to agree with the critic. Any movie that can get Kelsey Grammer to play a bear and say cabbage is clearly doing something right.

  • Forever-Dreaming
    Forever-Dreaming 2 months ago

    I feel like a kid again when I watch this movie :)

  • ADragonAmongRoses
    ADragonAmongRoses 2 months ago

    Did you ever actually review Anastasia? I'm curious to see that video.

  • christina Graf
    christina Graf 2 months ago +1

    baba yaga has both eyes?
    I thought Hellboy shot one of them out. :)

  • Omnicidal Clown
    Omnicidal Clown 2 months ago +1

    Such a classic movie, at least for me. I remember borrowing this movie at my local library multiple times, and watching it over and over and over again, until I needed to return it. Those were great memories.

  • iamsaztak
    iamsaztak 2 months ago

    When I clicked on this, I sure wasn't expecting it to be a good film. Well color me surprised.

  • Solanum Lycopersicum
    Solanum Lycopersicum 3 months ago

    What is this, a fucking Morozko?

  • Angela Koss
    Angela Koss 3 months ago

    The bat looks like the brain form pinky and the brain.

  • domidium
    domidium 3 months ago

    This is a prequel, so no one got around anywhere.

  • uglyducklingproject
    uglyducklingproject 3 months ago

    Dawww, I had that movie on VHS as a kid and I loved it, bit none of my friends knew it. I'm so happy to see it get some love here! ❤

  • FinalMagus 25
    FinalMagus 25 3 months ago +1

    11:41 *Expand Dong*

  • Miranda
    Miranda 3 months ago

    Of course it’s a prequel, Russia still has royalty

    FFXIII 3 months ago

    It IS a prequel

  • MforMovesets
    MforMovesets 3 months ago

    Thats something only Bluth's movies have and will be missed: Characters who are charming but really, really dumb. And its cute how he animates dumb, clueless characters.

  • Astro Wolvez
    Astro Wolvez 3 months ago +1

    Oh man, I actually like the baba yaga bit in ant man.

  • Ieago
    Ieago 3 months ago

    So the grand vizier got sick of catering to the whims of a spoiled, autocratic child and decided to take the throne she was running anyway. Imagine that.

  • Achak
    Achak 3 months ago +1

    That potion turns you into a furry.

  • space bar
    space bar 3 months ago

    this is one of my favs

  • DragonKnight90001
    DragonKnight90001 3 months ago

    I forgot that bat had his own movie after Anastasia

  • Gnome Queen
    Gnome Queen 3 months ago +1

    11:36 don’t fucking judge me

  • Victoria Chansy
    Victoria Chansy 3 months ago

    «bartok the magnificent” blew my brain in childhood: is bartok at least 200 years old?

  • All Mouth
    All Mouth 3 months ago

    1:42, okay seriously, what's that music? also, what's with the dig on Kurt on 9:39? Kurt's awesome!

  • Nightmare Eclipse
    Nightmare Eclipse 3 months ago

    Why did cabbage make me laugh so hard

  • Nightmare Eclipse
    Nightmare Eclipse 3 months ago

    Pilof is a russian dessert

  • Riley Lockerby
    Riley Lockerby 3 months ago



  • Fire puppies
    Fire puppies 4 months ago

    He had to bring her rice?

  • Артёмка Ербаткин

    I'm Russian! Я из россии

  • Eris Everblight
    Eris Everblight 4 months ago

    I loved and still love this film :3

  • Dizzyizziot
    Dizzyizziot 4 months ago

    I actually saw this movie before ever watching Anastasia so when I was little I always thought “woah they featured Bartok in this?”

  • Andrew Larason
    Andrew Larason 4 months ago

    Kidnapped the Romanov
    That’s when I realized I crushed so hard on you

  • Jay Ryman
    Jay Ryman 4 months ago

    You know you're out there!

    And you're weird!

  • mkoch99
    mkoch99 4 months ago

    This has to be a prequel due to the fact there is still ruling royalty, meaning Bartok becomes Rasputin's minion some point after this.....I'm just gonna think that he was more forced to be his minion and not do it on his own cause I actually like this little guy.



  • Crevin Nicholas
    Crevin Nicholas 4 months ago +1

    There's always Smaug. He's a cool dragon.

  • OceaniaMapping
    OceaniaMapping 4 months ago

    7:18 or the first Dragonball villain.

  • Umbregamer
    Umbregamer 4 months ago

    What if this IS after Anastasia, and Bartok, and the girl bat just split up, that's plausible.
    Like a year or so afterwards, when Bartok is no longer upset about breaking up with her.

  • Attila Varga
    Attila Varga 4 months ago

    I would sh*t my pants if I meet with a talking white bat. He is really magnificent, that's for sure.

  • burmecian123
    burmecian123 4 months ago +1

    Don Bluth's Tequila Joseph Joestar.
    Vodka Kelsey Grammer.

  • Darkgun231
    Darkgun231 4 months ago +3

    I've noticed a trend in villainy, now that Doug mentions it: A lot of villains, animated or otherwise, have really, absurdly, pointed chins!

  • Cooldudebubba
    Cooldudebubba 4 months ago +1

    3:57 Home Alone Quote anyone? Nice reference.


    Why did they make Rasputin a villain in Anastasia even though he cured a disease that King Nicholas' son

  • Sun Praiser
    Sun Praiser 4 months ago

    Piss off Bitch!!! 😂🤣😂

  • Rexy Rex
    Rexy Rex 4 months ago +1

    i like the original movie i still think its really good but i definitely wanna check this movie out it looks pretty good

  • Dylan Lewis
    Dylan Lewis 5 months ago

    The house...

  • PhoutianPhill
    PhoutianPhill 5 months ago +1

    Hey Titan A.E. was a good movie.

  • Arsen Mingo
    Arsen Mingo 5 months ago

    This is a very famous folk character in Russian folk tales.

  • Arsen Mingo
    Arsen Mingo 5 months ago

    By the way, "baba" means an old lady and baba Yagá is spelled in Russian like "Баба Яга".

  • Arsen Mingo
    Arsen Mingo 5 months ago

    I'm Russian.

  • Arsen Mingo
    Arsen Mingo 5 months ago

    "Yagá" not "Yagá"))

  • Sir Paul Mills Of Alabama
    Sir Paul Mills Of Alabama 5 months ago +1

    There may be mostly female dragons..... but us men have a male dragon. He is fire and death. He is Smaug!

  • DBLoCK_ThE_KeyBlade Master

    Why do all of Don Bluth's human male leads look exactly the same XD

  • Mr.dinosaur
    Mr.dinosaur 5 months ago

    I wonder what a Don Bluth anime would be like... 🤔

  • Billy Rewko
    Billy Rewko 5 months ago +1

    The land before time

  • Jacob Day
    Jacob Day 5 months ago

    Pilaf? Um...
    *pulls up a picture of Emperor Pilaf from Dragon Ball*
    You mean this guy?

  • SirCoughsalot
    SirCoughsalot 5 months ago

    it really frustrates me when you mispronounce names that are pronounced for you in the move.

  • Dr. Kira
    Dr. Kira 5 months ago

    I think Don Bluth inspired Bethesda because the main plot device in the skyrim thieves guild questline is, guess what? A skeleton key! By the gods!

  • 1Thunderfire
    1Thunderfire 5 months ago

    I haven't seen this film but I feel like I should.

  • Aiden Kriens
    Aiden Kriens 5 months ago


  • Ryan McCarthy
    Ryan McCarthy 5 months ago

    Fun fact: Prince Ivan in this movie is actually Ivan Romanov (I've never heard of him either) a real life tsar from the 1600s. Which is weird because Anastasia happens in the early 1900s, meaning Bartok is over 300 years old.

  • Bee Well
    Bee Well 5 months ago


    ANDREW LAWRENCE 5 months ago

    Nah fam, don't worry. We've got Smaug.

  • Olivia Rosario
    Olivia Rosario 5 months ago

    Didn't know this existed. Cool.

  • Kay Haven
    Kay Haven 5 months ago

    I still enjoy the hell out of this movie.
    Also....doesn't the young prince look like Dimitri's and Anastasia's child?

  • Péter Szabó
    Péter Szabó 5 months ago

    It's all good and dandy, but can this Babayaga take out 3 guys with a pencil?

  • The Sky's the Limit Toy and Collectibles Reviews

    Anastasia has always been my favorite animated film. But I do love this one.

  • Laura B
    Laura B 6 months ago

    I love Bartok, and yet I stayed away from this movie because “AHHH SEQUEL NOO!!”. I should give it a watch! Thanks, Doug!

  • Juan Cina
    Juan Cina 6 months ago

    The time period looks way further in the past then the main movie. Are we sure Bartok isn't immortal?

  • Richard The Imaginator
    Richard The Imaginator 6 months ago

    THE SECRET OF NIMH AND ANASTASIA!!!! :-) They are my favorite Don Bluth movies