->''"Well, Mike - I guess this is just a MagicalLand. ({{Beat}}) I '''hate''' magical lands."''
-->-- '''Crow T. Robot''', ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''

This 1964 comedic Soviet fairy tale film tells the story of the young maiden Nastenka, and her suitor, Ivan. Nastenka is a sweet, innocent girl who's tormented by both her evil stepmother and her spoiled, ugly stepsister, Marfushka, to the point where her father's ordered to dump her out in the woods. The vain and foolhardy Ivan insults the elderly [[TricksterMentor Father Mushroom]] and is turned into a bear because of his pride. Despite these and many other obstacles, including constant interference from the witch Baba Yaga, the two lovers finally reunite with the help of the titular character Morozko (a.k.a. Jack Frost or Father Frost), get married, and live happily ever after.

This film [[CultClassic gained a cult following]] [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff among Czechoslovak TV viewers]] (to the point that it's a staple of Christmas broadcasting in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to this day), as well as among fans of vintage foreign fantasy films. In 1966 it was released in the United States as ''Jack Frost''. This version got riffed by the crew of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' during the '90s.

In 2011, the film received a remake as a musical-comedy that featured such reimagining as the scene where Ivan revives Nastenka featuring a parody of "I Will Survive." [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1FmUg3MluQ#t=5700 It must be seen to be believed.]]

[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused]] with [[Film/JackFrost1997 the film about a killer snowman]], or [[Film/JackFrost1998 the other film about a friendly snowman]].

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E13JackFrost episode recap page]].

!!Provides examples of:

* AbortedArc: So... Nastenka is favored over Marfushka by a suitor. This causes the WickedStepmother to banish Nastenka. However, what happened to the suitor and his mother? Did they suddenly lose interest in Nastenka? Obviously, Nastenka was never interested in the suitor. She loved Ivan.
* AdaptationExpansion: The original fairy tale only covered Morozko rescuing and rewarding the Nastenka character for refusing help even while freezing to death, and him later punishing her stepsister for trying to trick him.
* AdvertisedExtra: Jack Frost doesn't show up until an hour into the film and even then he isn't in it for very long.
* AesopEnforcer: Father Mushroom blatantly plays Enforcer to Ivan by turning him into a bear.
* AffectionateParody: While the film has serious moments, it's also an unabashed comedy that parodies typical Russian fairytale plots and stock Russian fairytale characters in a good-natured way (hence the somewhat FantasyKitchenSink approach).
* {{Animorphism}}: Ivan being turned into a bear. According to the Russian Wikipedia, this is a pun on another Russian fairytale, [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/russian/russianwondertales/littlebearson.html Ivan the Bear's Son]].
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: To an extreme degree. Nastenka is shown to be gorgeous, gentle, IncorruptiblePurePureness, and goes out of her way to not inconvenience anybody no matter what [[ExtremeDoormat the consequences to herself will be]]. Meanwhile, her stepsister and WickedStepmother are portrayed as ugly, rude, abusive, and selfish.
* BrickJoke: The bandits' cudgels. Ivan tricks them and throws their weapons in the air at the beginning of the film, promising the cudgels will come down "sometime next winter." Cut to them attacking him again next winter... [[spoiler:the cudgels come back down, and knock out all of the bandits]].
* BullyingADragon: Marfushka meets up with the AnthropomorphicPersonification of freezing to death, and immediately starts talking smack to him, even knocking him on his ass. [[SparedByTheAdaptation She got off easy in the movie]], only being beaten and humiliated instead of killed.
* CanineCompanion: Nastenka's dog.
* CatsAreMean: Baba Yaga's cat, who tricks Nastenka into getting herself frozen. Though Nastenka was [[TooDumbToLive dense enough to reach out and touch the magical ice staff that she knew froze people when the cat just walked past it]], so it's hard to pin the blame on the cat.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The cudgels thrown in the air at the beginning come back down at the most opportune time.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Jack Frost tends to leave his magic sceptre lying around - which tends to result in things being frozen to death.
* CoolOldGuy: Morozko, [[{{Pun}} in more ways than one]].
* DamselInDistress: Nastenka, though she is a resourceful young lady.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Do Not Push Over and Threaten Jack Frost.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The WickedStepmother ''refuses'' to cut off Nastenka's braid at her prized daughter's insistence, with the lame excuse that she'd have nothing to pull her around with. Considering how highly long hair braids are viewed in that culture, it is akin to defacing ''Mona Lisa''.
* ExtremeDoormat: Nastenka does what she's told and never complains. She doesn't even complain when her father is about to leave her in the woods to die (In fact, she runs off on her own when her dad grows a spine and decides to turn around, so as not to cause her father trouble with her stepmother). She even denies she's cold to Father Frost, even as she's seconds away from succumbing to exposure.
* FairyTale: A very winter-themed Russian one, and somewhat of a parody of Russian fairytale tropes.
* [[FantasyKitchenSink Fairy Tale Kitchen Sink]]: See AdaptationExpansion. The movie's writers seem to be throwing in every fairy tale trope they can think of, and pulling in characters like Baba Yaga from unrelated legends.
* TheFreelanceShameSquad: {{Trope Namer|s}}. The townsfolk all likely know how pathetic she really is compared to how much her mother embellishes her capabilities, but it's nevertheless quite impressive how quickly they can mobilize out of nowhere any time Marfushka makes a fool of herself.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Nastenka, and then some. When her stepmother gives her an impossible task to complete before sunrise at the beginning, she tries asking the local rooster not to crow until she's finished. [[TalkingAnimal The rooster passes the buck and tells her]] to ask the sun -- and she actually manages to convince it not to rise for long enough for her to finish. She also appears to have a conversation with flowers at one point. We don't hear them speak, but Nastenka apparently can understand them.
* GuileHero: Ivan dealing with Baba Yaga.
* HenpeckedHusband: Nastenka's father, until the end.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Once Nastenka is gone, the stepmother laments the fact that not only does she have to do all the housework now, but now she has no one to pick on for amusement.
* HollywoodDarkness: An early scene involves Nastenka being forced by her wicked stepmother to knit outside by moonlight... except despite the stepmother's words it's clearly already daylight.
* AnIcePerson: Jack Frost, though this version visually has a lot in common with Santa Claus: cool white beard, neat coat, friendly demeanor, magic sleigh, showers you with gifts if he likes you.
* ImAHumanitarian: As a reward to her pet pig in the English dub, Baba Yaga feeds him ''deviled ham''. Considering Baba Yaga is traditionally a cannibal in Russian folklore, and she constant threatens to cook and presumably eat Ivan and Nastenka through this film, she probably didn't see anything wrong with it.
* InvincibleHero: Ivan, especially after he loses his pride and selfishness. Prior to that, this trope is subverted and parodied, since Ivan has a case of SmallNameBigEgo before he sobers and starts acting responsibly.
* IronicEcho: "I won't say it, I'll be quiet." It's almost Nastenka's father catch-phrase. At the end of the film, it's her stepmother who says these words.
* LargeHam: Almost the [[WorldOfHam entire cast]]. Although Baba Yaga [[UpToEleven tops everyone]] in this department.
* LaserGuidedKarma: After Father Mushroom grants Ivan a bow and arrow as a gift he tells him he should bow his head in thanks. Ivan refuses, saying "the bear may bow before you, but not Ivan." As punishment Ivan is turned into a half-bear half-man creature. In Mushroom's words "the bear will bow his head, but it's your [Ivan's] back that will bend."
* LoveAtFirstSight: Ivan proposes to Nastenka within ''minutes'' of meeting her. Nastenka falls for him as well, though she never tells him.
* MessyPig: Not only do we have Baba Yaga's pet pig (which gets turned into a wooden pig sleigh that Ivan has to chase... don't ask), but Marfushka, after trying to get Jack Frost to give her everything Nastenka got near the end, ends up coming home on a dinky little sled pulled by pigs.
* NiceHat: Father Mushroom, with his boletus-like hat.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Nastenka.
* PapaBear: Subverted by Nastenka's father for most of the movie - he loves his daughter but he just can't stand up to his nagging wife. Amusingly enough, when he gathers the courage to do so and turns his sleigh back home, Nastenka quickly disembarks the sleigh without him noticing, [[HeroicSacrifice just to avoid causing her father further trouble at home]].
* ParentalFavoritism: The stepmother definitely has favoritism toward Marfushka (who is her biological daughter) and treats her stepdaughter Nastenka like a slave.
* ThePowerOfLove: This, apparently, is the cure for getting frozen by Jack Frost's sceptre.
* PragmaticVillainy: The evil stepmother refuses to cut Nastenka's long braid off, but only because then she won't have anything to grab her by when she wants to discipline her. Of course, [[InformedAttribute we never actually see her grab Nastenka's braid in the movie]].
* PunchClockVillain: Baba Yaga ends up all too often in this role in the film, mostly because she's rather gullible and clumsy.
* RagsToRoyalty: While the original film and story avoid this, the remake makes Ivan a prince for the sake of this trope.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The mushroom-gathering bear cubs.
* ShoutOut: To ''Literature/BabaYaga''. She's called "the Hunchbacked Fairy" in the English dub, for reasons lost to the wit of man. It's probably just as well, considering other than the hut she seems like a generic witch and nowhere near the character's usual power level.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Ivan in the first half of the film, before he realizes that he's been acting like a smug {{jerkass}} to everyone and needs to swallow his pride in order to get along with others.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the actual tale, Marfushka was killed and stuffed in that pig-driven sleigh. '''Never''' mess with Jack Frost. You have been warned.
--> A short while later, the gate to the yard creaked. The old woman went outside and saw her husband standing next to the sleigh. She rushed forward and pulled aside the sleigh's cover. To her horror, she saw the body of her daughter, frozen by an angry Morozko. She began to scream and berate her husband, but it was all in vain. Later, the old man's daughter married a neighbor, had children, and lived happily. Her father would visit his grandchildren every now and then, and remind them always to respect Old Man Winter.
* TricksterMentor: [[NatureSpirit Father Mushroom]], who tries to teach Ivan more polite and thoughtful behavior, much to Ivan's amusement and chagrin.
* TooDumbToLive: Nastenka knows that touching the ice scepter means instant death, and has seen this demonstrated. Yet when pursuing the cat across the room, she reaches out and grabs it ''for no discernible reason''.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Morozko when Nastenka tries to repeatedly convince him that she isn't really freezing to death in the snowed-in forest.
--> '''Morozko:''' You're a good-hearted, selfless lass. Maybe a bit too selfless!
* TheUnfavourite: Poor Nastenka. Her father loves her, but her stepmother treats her like the lowest servant and she is the ruler of their household.
* WhenTreesAttack: Some of Baba Yaga's enchanted servants, who she sics on Ivan in order to get rid of him.
* WickedStepmother: Lampshaded by both Ivan ("You must have a very wicked stepmother !"), and by Nastenka ("Stepmothers are stepmothers.")
* WickedWitch: Baba Yaga (renamed "The Hunchbacked Fairy" in the English version presumably because they thought English viewers would be unaware of the original Russian fairy tales).