17-year-old physics whiz Casey Carlyle is urged by her physics teacher to work on a physics project over the summer for presentation to Harvard. As a skater, Casey decides on a project that shows the elements of physics applied in competitive figure skating. To start, she visits a skating club run by former professional skater Tina Harwood. Casey eventually finds that in order to better understand the principles she's using, she will have to become her own test subject, and joins the skating school. The more she gets involved, the more she falls in love with figure skating....and must ultimately make a choice; Will it be Harvard - which her mother and Casey have both dreamed of, or will it be her new dream - as a competitive figure skater?
Not to be confused with WinterRoyalLady or the book by Camilla Lackberg.
''Ice Princess'' originally aired on ''Creator/DisneyChannel'' (and its sister channel). It was also released on VHS and DVD by ''Creator/WaltDisneyHomeVideo''.
* AndStarring: ''Creator/MichelleTrachtenberg'' (although she's actually billed ''above'' the title). See also BillingDisplacement.
* ArtisticLicense: The many inconsistencies in this movie (being able to pass two levels in one go, reaching Nationals after a year of skating, etc.) make many a skater wince.
** Although Casey passing two levels in one go was met with disbelief by her fellow skaters.
** Probably the worst offender is Tina's KickTheDog moment with the new skates. Any figure skater who's wore better-than-recreational new boots knows Casey should have noticed instantly how impossible skating in them would be. They feel like wearing casts and she would have been unable to warm up, let alone compete.
** While senior nationals are often broadcast with former skaters commentating, the movie shows Michelle Kwan and Brian Boitano commentating at ''junior sectionals'', which would never happen in reality, as the caliber of junior sectionals are much lower. Also, competitions are never done with spotlights, only exhibitions are. Finally, the use of lyrics was not allowed for singles skaters at the time this movie came out.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Casey is a math and physics nerd who applied her skills to become a figure skater. She soon becomes a competitor in the U.S. Nationals.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Casey at the party that Gen takes her to.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Gen calls her mom out for pushing her to be an ice skater when she would rather be in school studying.
* TheCameo: Michelle Kwan and Brian Boitano show up as commentators at sectionals.
* CassandraTruth: Casey doesn't believe Gen and Teddy when they say that they weren't a part of their mother sabotaging her.
* TheChick: Gen.
* DesignatedLoveInterest: Teddy, whose relationship with Casey is far less interesting and plot-relevant than her relationships with Tina and Gen.
* EducationMama: Joan, to a lesser extent. She pushes her daughter to study and do well, and is upset that she chooses ice skating over Harvard. She eventually reconciles with Casey by the end of the film.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Nikki the Jumping Shrimp. Subverted in that she is the only person who doesn't seem to think it's embarrassing.
** Possibly a ShoutOut to Tara Lipinski, who was once (unflatteringly) tagged "the Robotic Shrimp" by sports media.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Everyone admires Gen Harwood because she shines on the rink and at school.
* FaceHeelTurn: Tina.
* GirlNextDoor: Casey
* GlamorousSingleMother: Joan and Tina are both single with kids and are fairly well off.
* JackieRobinsonStory: Sort of. TheProtagonist is the same age, sex, and ethnicity as the other young figure skaters she wants to compete with, yet is hassled for this ambition — even by her own mom — because she's a latecomer to skating and a science geek.
* JerkAss: Zoe Block, although she is the one to clue Casey in about the trick Tina pulled on her
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Tina
* KickTheDog: Tina purposely buys Casey a new pair of skates (Casey, being a novice, doesn't know she needed to break into the new skates first) during a skating competition so that Casey would fall and injure her feet.
* LovableAlphaBitch: Gen comes off as an inconsiderate party girl at first, but later turns out to be a good friend and guide to Casey. Notably, Gen seems quite disgusted by Tina's KickTheDog moment, even though Tina was doing it for her.
* MamaBear: Casey's mom Joan, while not approving of her daughter's decision to skate, angrily calls out Tina for the above KickTheDog moment.
* MyBelovedSmother: Both Joan and Tina are forcing their own ambitions and dreams to their daughters.
* OhCrap: Casey gets this when Tina catches her filming her skaters.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Casey, Gen, and most of the other characters who aren't parents or teachers.
* SeriousBusiness: Ice skating, for the skaters themselves (particularly Nikki) and doubly so for their parents. See KickTheDog above.
* ShakingHerHairLoose: Gen takes Casey to a party without telling her where they were going. Gen tells her that it's okay that she's not dressed for a party as long as she shakes it.
* StrawFeminist: Casey's mom. Part of her excuse to be dismissive of figure skaters is because she sees them as nothing more than beauty queens in pretty outfits who won't do anything more productive.
* TalentDouble: While Kirsten Olson (Nikki) and Jocelyn Lai (Tiffany) are genuine skaters, they both have a skating double for some scenes (as does Creator/HaydenPanettiere, although she does most of her own skating). Michelle Trachtenberg, however, has ''four''.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Gen and Casey. Gen eventually quits because she doesn't have the same passion as her mom, she sacrificed her personal life and neglected her schoolwork to focus on technique. Casey, by contrast, loves skating.
* WhatTheHellHero: Casey gives Tina a well-earned dose of this when she learns that Tina bought her the new skates immediately before her long program specifically to sabotage her. Tina's own daughter Gen joins in with an aghast "You bought her ''new skates?''" Then Joan lays into her in the parking lot. Tina tries to defend herself with IDidWhatIHadToDo, but it falls flat with Joan's reply:
-->'''Joan:''' My daughter is brilliant. And she will succeed at whatever she decides to do. But she will do it the ''right way.''