Bartok is a comedic albino bat, the former tertiary antagonist of the 1997 Don Bluth feature film Anastasia , in which he serves as comic relief (Phlegmenkoff being the secondary antagonist and Grigori Rasputin being the main antagonist) and the main protagonist of its 1999 direct-to-video sequel Bartok the Magnificent.
Bartok was the comic relief of Anastasia and is known to be sarcastic yet kind. Bartok was Rasputin's committed henchman, but 10 years after the execution of the Romanovs in Anastasia has left Bartok skeptical about being Rasputin's henchman and is constantly trying to convince Rasputin to "get a life" and to stop being stressed.
Bartok the Magnificent
Bartok is kind yet a little skeptical in Bartok the Magnificent and sometimes needs guidance from Zozi, but he usually follows his heart.
Role in Film
Bartok was Rasputin's committed henchman at the beginning of Anastasia. He quickly called to Rasputin that Anastasia had escaped in the beginning of Anastasia. 10 years later, he finds the reliquary (which reunites him with his master) and is skeptical about being evil and tries to guide Rasputin away from killing Anastasia. He ended the movie by pulling down the screen after being kissed by a female bat.
Bartok the Magnificent
Bartok was the main protagonist in Bartok the Magnificent. He performed magic acts all over Russia and has arrived in Moscow, impressing passersby and the Tsarevich Ivan Romanov. A bear attacks right after Bartok's show, and Bartok traps him in the wagon. Everyone is impressed with Bartok and Bartok is rewarded with gold coins, and a royal ring from Prince Ivan, much to Ludmilla's dismay.
Later, Bartok counts the money he receives and the bear wakes up and frightens him. The bear is actually named Zozi and is Bartok's business partner. Zozi agrees with Ludmilla, Prince Ivan's advisor, that the ring should be given back. Bartok refuses.
In Moscow, Ivan is supposedly kidnapped by Baba Yaga, an evil witch who is terrorizing all of Russia. Ludmilla finds an iron tooth and tells the people of what has happened. The citizens think it was Baba Yaga and Ludmilla asks who is brave enough to save Ivan. Two children nominate Bartok, who is on the way to St. Petersburg with Zozi.
Cossacks come after Bartok and Zozi and they become worried because they think Ludmilla wants Prince Ivan's ring back. Bartok denies that he is Bartok but he is brought to the people, who plea him to help rescue Prince Ivan from Baba Yaga in the Iron Forest. Bartok reluctantly agrees, and they head to the Iron Forest.
They head over to the Iron Forest and discover that they must answer a riddle given by a huge skull. Zozi answers effortlessly and allows only Bartok to enter. Baba Yaga says in order for Bartok to discover where Prince Ivan is, he must collect three objects and return them to Baba Yaga without Zozi's help or they'll both die.
Bartok successfully finds the two objects but there is still one more object to be found. Baba Yaga reveals that it is from Bartok himself. Bartok offers everything he has but Baba Yaga refuses them and laughs. Bartok gets frustrated and upsets Baba Yaga. Bartok apologizes and begins to cry, and Baba Yaga collects his tears. She makes a magic potion and reveals that Prince Ivan never left Moscow and is trapped in the tower, showing that she did not kidnap Ivan. When Bartok drinks the magic potion, what he is in his heart will show ten times on the outside.
Bartok and Zozi return to Moscow and lead Ludmilla and Vol up to the tower. It is revealed that Ludmilla ordered Vol to pretend to be Baba Yaga and "get him out of the way", meaning to kill Ivan while Vol thought that she wanted him locked up. Ludmilla locks Bartok and Vol up and steals Bartok's magic potion when he was just about to drink it. Ludmilla leaves them trapped, with water filling up the tower.
Ludmilla believes that her beauty will become ten times as she drinks the potion, singing "The Real Ludmilla Comes Out". The magic potion actually turns her into a huge dragon. Ludmilla, as a dragon, then rampages around Moscow, setting houses on fire.
Meanwhile, Zozi saves Bartok, Vol, and Prince Ivan. Bartok then fights Ludmilla and tricks her into climbing the tower, which becomes unstable and falls, killing Ludmilla and flooding the town, which puts out the flames. Zozi then reveals that Bartok is a real hero because he not only successfully fought Ludmilla, he also showed Baba Yaga compassion.
Bartok then returns Ivan's ring. Baba Yaga appears just then, writing, "Bartok, the Magnificent" in the sky. Bartok and Pillof, who was one of Bartok's quests to give to Baba Yaga, hug Baba Yaga farewell and Baba Yaga and Pillof leave.
Bartok The Magnificent
- Bartok is Don Bluth's favorite character to be drawn in Anastasia.
- His voice is provided by Hank Azaria, who is best for his voice work on the Simpsons.
- He is the second animated bat from 20th Century Fox, the first being Batty Koda from FernGully: The Last Rainforest.
- He is one of the few bats that don't sleep during the day.
- He could be similar to Iago from Disney's Aladdin franchise, because along with him, they both reformed to be heroes.
Anastasia | Bartok the Magnificent
Characters: Anastasia | Dimitri | Vladimir | Rasputin | Bartok | Pooka | Marie Feodorovna | Sophie | Demons | Czar Nicholas Romanov | Olga, Tatiana, and Maria Romanov | Alexei Romanov | Zozi | Ludmilla | Prince Ivan | Baba Yaga | Piloff | Vol | Skull | Oble
Songs: Journey to the Past | A Rumor in St. Petersburg | Once Upon a December | In the Dark of the Night | Paris Holds the Key (To Your Heart) | At the Beginning | Bartok the Magnificent | A Possible Hero | Someone's In My House | The Real Ludmilla