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Anime / The Snow Queen (1977)

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The Snow Queen is a 1977 Animated Adaptation of The Snow Queen. It aired as part of Manga Sekai Mukashi Banashi (also known as Tales of Magic in English) and is very hard to find.

Like the rest of Tales of Magic, its English dub is speculated to be in the Public Domain.

Not to be confused with The Snow Queen (1957), The Snow Queen (1995), The Snow Queen (2005) anime series, or The Snow Queen (2012).

The Snow Queen contains examples of:

  • Adapted Out: The summer sorceress, the Lapp woman, and Finn woman are all adapted out, with Gerda meeting the prince and princess first, then heading from the Robber Girl's home to the ice castle immediately.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The Snow Queen was a neutral character in the book, but is here a villain who sends ice demons to freeze Gerda and Kai, keeps many others as prisoners in ice, then chases them down after they escape from the palace.
  • Compressed Adaptation: Several portions of the journey are cut for time, such as the summer garden and the puzzle Kai works on.
  • Dull Surprise: Several characters have this in the English dub.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The Snow Queen interprets Gerda and Kai praying as kneeling before her.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The Snow Queen burns alive and melts into fire.
  • Good Hurts Evil: The Snow Queen burns alive when Gerda and Kai pray for help.
  • Harmless Freezing: The Snow Queen's human captives are frozen in ice blocks, but are still alive.
  • Kneel Before Zod: The Snow Queen is pleased when Gerda and Kai appear to kneel before her.
  • Truer to the Text: This adaptation keeps the demon at the beginning and the method of the Snow Queen's defeat.
  • The Vamp: The Snow Queen towards Kai. She appears before him with a very sultry gaze before hypnotically beckoning him to come closer so she can plant a tender, magic kiss on his lips.