Wait, is Anastasia finally going to be a Disney princess?
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Disney is buying 21st Century Fox\'s film and TV assets for $52.4 billion.
That includes channels like FX and National Geographic, but also includes the rights to X-Men characters, "Avatar," and "Alien" properties.
It also means that Disney would acquire the rights to Fox animated movie "Anastasia."
Often confused for a Disney movie for its high caliber of talent, music, and production, it could make the Grand Duchess an official Disney princess.
Disney announced Thursday morning it will be purchasing Fox\'s film studio and TV assets, and there\'s one really big reason to get excited.
No. We\'re not talking about how Deadpool and the X-Men can join the Marvel Cinematic Universe or about how R-rated franchises like "Alien" will proceed.
This is something bigger, and much more important — at least to \'90s children everywhere.
Does the Disney/Fox merger mean that Anastasia is a Disney princess?
Could Anya soon be an official Disney princess?
For years, people have been mistaking Anastasia as a Disney property so it feels fitting she could finally be one.
You didn\'t know "Anastasia" isn\'t a Disney movie? It\'s not.
For years, I\'ve been THAT person who has corrected people who have mistaken my dear Anastasia for a Disney princess. I would push up my non-existent glasses on my nose and go, "Um, actually, Anastasia is a Fox property." (I was the worst.)
The 1997 film about the grand duchess escaping her family\'s execution was directed by former Disney animators Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. The two worked on Disney movies like "Robin Hood" and "The Rescuers." For what it\'s worth, they actually were trying to compete against Disney\'s animated titan. When reviews for "Anastasia" came out, it was compared to movies released during Disney\'s renaissance period in the \'90s.
It also has catchy songs you won\'t be able to get out of your head like "Journey to the Past" and "Once Upon a December." The former was nominated for an Academy Award. (It lost to Celine Dion\'s "My Heart Will Go On" from "Titanic." Tragic.)
Even if Disney keeps Fox movies under a separate umbrella, Anastasia would technically be part of the Disney family. She could join the ranks of Belle, Moana, Elsa, and Snow White.
Hasbro start cranking out the Anastasia princess dolls.
We know it\'s too early to get excited. The Disney/Fox deal will take about a year to be finalized after regulatory review, but a girl can still dream.
Oh, and Disney didn\'t immediately respond to INSIDER\'s request for comment.
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