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The Snow Queen is a 1995 Animated Adaptation of The Snow Queen made by Martin Gates Productions.

The evil Snow Queen plans to use a magic mirror to plunge the world into eternal winter, so she can take over the world. When the mirror shatters and pieces enters the young Tom's body, she kidnaps him to have all the pieces. Tom's sister Ellie and her friend, Peeps the sparrow, set out to rescue him before it is too late.

In 1996 it got a sequel, The Snow Queen's Revenge. Seeking revenge for her defeat, the Snow Queen captures Dimley, dares Ellie to rescue him, and plans to create an Iceosaurus to freeze the world.

Not to be confused with The Snow Queen (1957), The Snow Queen (1977), The Snow Queen (2005), or The Snow Queen (2012).


This movie contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Name Change: Gerda and Kai become Ellie and Tom. Bae the reindeer becomes Dimly.
  • 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 Ellie's heart to give her eternal life.
  • Advertised Extra: For the first movie, Dimly is on many of the posters and box art despite only appearing in the last half hour. He's a more prominent character in the sequel.
  • All Myths Are True: The story of the Snow Queen is very real, as Ellie and Tom discover.
  • Animated Musical: Both the original movie and the sequel.
  • Animation Bump: Scenes with the Snow Queen tend to be better-animated than the others.
  • Animesque: The Snow Queen's general design, in contrast with the cartoony animals, trolls and humans.
  • Advertisement:
  • Anti-Villain: The trolls in the second movie, where they're forced to do the Snow Queen's bidding.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Ellie and Peeps encounter an old woman who appears nice, but is actually a Wicked Witch who wants Ellie's heart for her elixir of life so she can be eternally young.
  • Chekhov's Volcano: In the sequel, the Snow Queen's palace is on the edge of a frozen volcano. At the end it erupts, trapping her in lava.
  • Cool Airship: The trolls' flying machine is a giant dirigible.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The Snow Queen has a South Pole palace for when summer arrives in the North.
  • Denser and Wackier: The first movie was an abridged adaptation of the fairy tale with a couple songs. The second was an original, cartoony story with many songs.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Both movies end with this.
  • Endless Winter: This is the Snow Queen's ultimate goal.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The Iceosaurus, an ice pterodactyl.
  • Expy: The three trolls are not too distant in role and characterization from the Urpneys in Gates' previous cartoon The Dreamstone. Similarly, most of the changes made to the Snow Queen essentially make her their Zordrak. Ellie's personality and role isn't too distant from Amberley either.
  • Eye Beams: These are one of the Snow Queen's powers.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The Snow Queen gets these at the end to show she's still alive.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Wardrobe and Baggy.
    • Elsbeth and Pearl from the sequel.
  • I Have Your Wife: In the sequel, the Snow Queen kidnaps Dimly to force Ellie to go to her castle. A similar thing happened in the first movie, but there it wasn't intentional.
  • Implacable Man: The Snow Queen survives being frozen solid and being imprisoned in lava.
  • Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: Peeps often thinks of himself, but cares for his friends and his selfishness is mainly due to his lack of courage.
    • Eric is the meanest of the trolls, and by far the least inconsiderate. However, he cares about his fellow trolls and tries to save Ellie from the Snow Queen after she convinces them to help her.
    • Pearl from the sequel is rude to pretty much everyone, but that is because she is bored with her life and unhappy with the fact that she and Elsbeth never get thanked, or even spoken to by the Queen.
    • Clive and Rowena from the sequel originally wanted to help Ellie and Peeps after saving them from drowning in the sea, but then when they found out that they were wanted by the Snow Queen, they decided to capture them for money.
  • Jump Scare: In the first movie, after the Snow Queen is frozen solid there's a very fast cut to her glowing eyes, along with a Scare Chord.
  • Kick the Dog: After the mirror shard turns Tom evil, the first thing he does is try to crush Peeps under his boot—right after he had fed him.
    • The Snow Queen starts strangling one of her bats after she finds two mirror pieces were uncollected.
  • Large Ham: The Snow Queen and Peeps.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Peeps looks very cute and young and sounds like an older man.
  • Life Drinker: The witch plans to use Ellie's heart as a means for eternal youth.
  • Magic Mirror: The Snow Queen plans to use this to freeze the entire world.
  • Magical Native American: Freda is a Sami who trains flying reindeer.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: The Snow Queen's troll minions bungle her scheme in the beginning, and aren't effective afterward. They gradually turn good as the movie goes on as they can't bear to think of the Snow Queen killing a young boy.
  • The Musical: Both movies have songs in them.
  • Pig Man: The sequel has a restaurant staffed by humanoid pigs who want to cook Brenda to serve as food for their guests.
  • Put on a Bus: Tom is resting at home for the entirety of the second movie.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Ellie and Tom are siblings instead of next-door neighbor friends.
  • Revenge of the Sequel
  • Scenery Gorn: Seen when the volcano erupts in the second movie as the palace crumbles.
  • Scenery Porn: The painted backgrounds are very pretty.
  • Sequel Hook: Both the first movie and its sequel have one. In the first movie, Freda specifically states that the spell won't keep the Snow Queen frozen forever. In the second movie, after the Snow Queen gets encased in lava her eyes glow, hinting that she's still very much alive. Interestingly enough, there was never a second sequel.
  • Sequel Reset: The trolls immediately go back to serving the Snow Queen after she confronts them in the second film, only to Heel–Face Turn again.
  • ShapeShifting: The Snow Queen's bats can turn into reindeer, and vice versa.
  • Storyboarding the Apocalypse: In the Snow Queen's villain song in the sequel, there are shots of the world freezing over.
  • Take Over the World: This is the Snow Queen's goal.
  • Talking Animal: Peeps, Dimly, and Brenda.
  • Team Pet: Peeps the sparrow and Dimly the reindeer. The sequel adds Brenda the bird.
  • Villain Song: The Snow Queen gets one in the sequel.
  • Volcano Lair: In the sequel, the Snow Queen's palace is on the edge of a frozen volcano.
  • Winter Royal Lady: The Snow Queen wears a fur cape.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Snow Queen openly plans to kill Ellie and Tom, and the witch tries to kill Ellie and retrieve her heart.