Animation / The Snow Queen (2012)

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The Snow Queen is a 2012 computer-animated adaptation of The Snow Queen, directed by Maxim Shveshnikov and Vladen Barbe. It was released in Russia in 2012, and the international version, dubbed into English, was released on January 3, 2013, nearly a year before the Disney animated film Frozen. It followed the original Hans Christian Andersen story to a point, but also added backstory for the Snow Queen, took out most of the evil mirror/devil aspects, and tried to be darker and edgier.

Wishing to create a world where clean lines replace emotions and the wind cools human souls, the Snow Queen has blanketed the world in ice and set out to destroy all art. According to the predictions of a magic mirror, the last threat to the Snow Queen comes from the master glass-maker Master Vegard, whose mirrors reveal one's true self. The Snow Queen's polar wind kills Vegard and his wife Una, but they hide their son Kai and daughter Gerda. When Kai grows of age, the Snow Queen realizes he poses a threat to her and captures him... and Gerda goes out to save him.

The film was followed by two sequels, The Snow Queen 2: The Snow King and The Snow Queen 3: Fire and Ice. The second film is set a year after the Snow Queen's defeat. Orm has thawed out the other trolls, but in an attempt to impress Princess Maribel and her uncle the King, he lies about defeating the Snow Queen. When the North Wind, working under a mysterious Snow King, abducts the princess, Gerda, Kai, and Orm must save her—provided they can work together long enough.

The third film deals with Gerda's wish to find her parents who were taken away by the North Wind. Along the way Gerda and her friends discover an ancient magical artifact of the trolls, the Stone of Fire and Ice. From that moment on, things don't go according to the initial plan... Will Gerda be able to tame the mighty forces of the magical elements and get her family back?

Not to be confused with The Snow Queen (1957), The Snow Queen (1977), The Snow Queen (1995), or The Snow Queen (2005) anime.


This film series contains examples of:

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     Tropes That Apply To Two Or More Movies 

     The Snow Queen 
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the original story, the Robber Girl's mother was a rather ugly woman with a beard. Here she's a very attractive woman.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Oddly enough, done with an object, the mirror (mirrors in this movie). Magic mirrors were created by a wizard that reflect what's in a person's heart. These mirrors are the only thing that can defeat the Snow Queen. In the original story there was one magic mirror, unless the Mirror of Reason counts, and it was made specifically to turn everything it reflected ugly. Also, it was made by the Devil himself.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The Snow Queen was an ambiguous figure in the book; here she's an all-out villain.
    • The witch with the garden is a nice character in the book, even though she tries to keep Gerda with her forever. Here she's a villain who wants Gerda around to help her business.
  • After the End: The movie is set in a world of eternal winter.
  • Big Fun: Mrs. Vanberry.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Surprising nobody, Orm's ability to turn into a polar bear plays a pivotal role in the climax.
  • Crapsack World: Takes place in a world conquered by a totalitarian Snow Queen, who has brought on a new Ice Age, and also banned art.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The Snow Queen's backstory shows her as a girl whose natural sorcerous powers were so strong that she was rejected and mocked by her people.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Snow Queen rules the world and plans to cause eternal winter everywhere, the trolls were all wiped out, except for one, and several incidental characters try to kill Gerda.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: In the most literal sense. The Snow Queen defrosts to Irma at the climax of the film.
  • Downer Beginning: The story starts with Gerda and Kai's parents being frozen into ice, killing them.
  • Endless Winter: This is the Snow Queen's goal.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Vergard and Una embrace and say they love each other before the North Wind kills them.
  • Gag Boobs: The Garden Witch and the elderly woman that Kai makes a drawing of have these.
  • An Ice Person: The Snow Queen controls the North Wind, ice beasts, and can freeze anyone to the point of death.
  • Kick the Dog: The Housemaster burning Kai's paintings and paintbrushes. Orn uses this as a catalyst to trick Kai into leaving.
  • Kill It with Ice: The Snow Queen kills her victims this way.
  • Magic Mirror: Gerda and Kai's father made these mirrors.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Gerda and Kai's father made mirrors like this, and Gerda herself carries one. This is why the Snow Queen is afraid of mirrors; she can't bear to know what she has become.
  • The Mole: Orm is this initially.
  • Outrun the Fireball: In the prologue, Gerda and Kai's father tries to outrun the North Wind's wave of ice. After a while, it catches up to him and kills him and his wife.
  • Scenery Gorn: There are beautiful shots of the town being destroyed by the North Wind in the opening.
  • Scenery Porn: The movie is very pretty, particularly in scenes with snow.
  • Team Pet: Luta, and Orm when he's a weasel.
  • There Is Another: Both Kai and Gerda are the last heirs to Master Vagard. The Snow Queen only captures the former.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: Orm gets his tongue stuck on some ice.
  • Ultimate Evil: The Lake of Gow; looking at it draws you to your death, and it turned Irma into the Snow Queen.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: One is seen in the ending credits in the style of traditional animation.
  • You Are Not Alone: Gerda sees a vision of her parents that say this.

     The Snow Queen 2 
  • The Cameo: The Headmaster makes a brief appearance at the orphanage during Gerda, Kai, and Alfida's debut.
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to the first film. The Snow King proves to be a much bigger threat than the Snow Queen, and he comes very close to winning by the end.
  • A Darker Me: The villain of the sequel is Orm's reflection, born from his lies.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: In the sequel, Orm claims that he personally defeated the Snow Queen and is destined to marry a princess and inherit great power and riches.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Orm's reflection manipulates Orm at several points in the movie, including tricking Orm into pulling him into the real world.
  • Near Villain Victory: By the end, the Snow King and his minions have been released into the real world, all the heroes are frozen into ice sculptures, and Orm is imprisoned in the mirror realm. Orm only succeeds when he confesses to his lies, which thaws out his friends.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gerda does this to Orm after he takes credit for defeating the Snow Queen in the first movie.

     The Snow Queen 3 
  • Amusing Injuries: Roland falls victims to these at several points.
  • An Ice Person: Gerda while possessed by the Snow Queen.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The Snow Queen, the Fire King and Roland.
  • Big "NO!": Kai does this when he sees the troll village (which Gerda is located at) erupt in flames.
  • Big Red Button: Gerda unintentionally leans on one while she and Roland are in the temple, resulting in Roland being hit with another booby-trap.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Roland.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Gerda is de-possessed by the Snow Queen's spirit near the end of the film, ridding herself of her ice powers. Doesn't stop her from taking down the Fire King, though.
  • Butt-Monkey: Roland, even moreso than Orm.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Gerda creates a train out of solid ice in order to take her and Roland to the troll's library midway through the movie. She later uses it to ram the Fire King into the lake to defeat him.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: The Fire King. Roland as well, upon gaining the Fire King's powers.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Roland tends to slip into his Spanish language at different points.
  • Groin Attack: Roland receives this several times throughout the film.
  • Harmless Freezing: Despite having been frozen in ice for several years, Gerda and Kai's parents seem to suffer no severe damage upon being thawed at the end of the film.
  • Kill It with Water: How Gerda defeats the Fire King (and by extension, Roland).
  • Missing Mom: Roland mentions to Gerda that the reason he studies legends is because he hopes to one day reunite with his lost mother. Subverted when it's later revealed that he was lying about his mother being missing in order to gain Gerda's trust.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The whole plot wouldn't have happened if Gerda and Roland had simply stayed out of the forbidden temple.
  • Not Quite Dead: Gerda and Kai's parents are thawed out of the ice they were frozen in at the end of the movie.
  • Playing with Fire: Roland is possessed by the Fire King upon touching the wishing stone, giving him fire powers.
  • Youthful Freckles: Gerda has gained these.

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