Thursday, December 10, 2015

Snow Queen Film Adaptations

I was at Target the other day and noticed this Snow Queen dvd for sale. I was surprised I hadn't even heard of it before! I tried looking it up but the reviews are so opposite it almost seems like people were watching completely different movies (the first reviewer said it was a great family film and her 6 year old granddaughter loved it; another mentioned nudity??).

I also found some other relatively recent adaptations of "Snow Queen" that have, apparently, been overshadowed by "Frozen". So, throwing this out there to you readers-have you seen any of these? What did you think (since I really think some reviewers were mistaken about which movie they watched...)?

Special Edition BBC
"Based on the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen and featuring music performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Snow Queen is a heart-warming story of friendship and the triumph of love over evil. When Gerda and her mother take in the penniless street urchin Kay, powerful forces emerge that will take both children on a magical journey and test their friendship to the extreme. One cold winter night a splinter of ice pierces Kay's heart and makes him angry and unhappy. He soon becomes enchanted by the Snow Queen and is taken to her palace in the frozen North. Gerda decides that she must do whatever she can to rescue her friend. Faith, love and courage lead Gerda on a perilous quest through strange lands and past terrifying creatures. Will the little girl in the red velvet cloak be able to match the power of the Snow Queen?"
The Snow Queen (2005) Poster
BBC 2005

Snow Queen (2002) Poster

"The Snow Queen is a powerful story of friendship and the triumph of love over wickedness. The story follows a young woman who is forced to battle the wicked snow queen in order to save the soul of the man she loves."

Snow Queen (2012) Poster

"The Snow Queen created the world of eternal winter where the polar wind cools human souls and clearness of lines obscure emotions. A girl named Gerda, her pet ferret Luta, and Orm the troll must save her brother Kai and the world."


  1. It's probably just nostagia glasses, but the 1967 Soviet version will always hold a special place in my heart. It did a particularly good job of streamlining thestory, why staying true to the source material

    1. Yeah, when I'm familiar with the fairy tale, making big changes to the story drives me crazy. Of the movies I listed, the BBC one looks like it follows the plot pretty well, but the others seem to have taken too many liberties. It's understandable for a well known tale like Cinderella or something to make it unique, but Snow Queen is hardly cliche, it would be nice to have a good, "standard" version as a movie!

    2. I can understand that The Snow Queen would be hard to faithfully adapt into a story, as it is rather episodic. The Soviet version solved this problem by introducing a henchman of the Snow Queen to the story, who was behind the problems Gerda faced

    3. I rewatched the movie this year around Christmas and it definitely was just the Nostagia. I appreciate what the movie *tries* to do, but it's just executed horribly

  2. That BBC version is on my short list of movies to review. I just haven't gotten around to watching and reviewing it yet.

    1. I look forward to seeing what you think of it!