Chipollino is a fabulous onion boy. Contrary to the general opinion that tears are flowing from a bow, Chipollino is a very cheerful and kind boy. Once, during a procession of Prince Lemon ... See full summary »
Poor chimney sweep Ivan and Princess Zabava fall in love with each other. They dream of their future happy life, but the difference in their social status and the treacherous Polkan, who ... See full summary »
Gerda and Kay are best friends; however, the depth of their bond is tested when the beautiful Snow Queen strike's Kay's eyes and heart with shards of ice that make him cruel. After breaking Gerda's heart with his bullying, Kay is kidnapped by the Snow Queen, who takes him to her palace in the north, where she hopes to erase all memories and emotions from the child. Gerda's love for Kay motivates her to leave home and find Kay. She encounters a variety of strange and sometimes sinister characters during her quest. But can she rescue Kay in time, or will the Snow Queen succeed in turning his heart to ice?Written by
Hayao Miyazaki has stated that this film is one of his inspirations to work in animation. When he started his career, Miyazaki had a rough start and was thinking of leaving animation. But when he saw The Snow Queen, he admired it and continued working in anime. See more »
Look, the snow is falling again, and every snowflake is like a little white bee.
Grandmother, tell us, where do these white bee snowflakes come from?
From the north. They fly here over cold seas, in icy winds, through blizzards and fogs. They are loyal servants of the Snow Queen.
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Original version runs only 63 minutes and has two songs in Russian. US version runs 70 minutes, with a 5-minute live-action prologue and a 2-minute montage added. It has three new songs in English, one in the montage and two replacing the russian songs. See more »
"Snezhnaya koroleva' (1957) aka "The Snow Queen" directed by Lev Atamanov is a beautiful animated movie of my childhood that I'd seen dozens times back in Moscow even before we had a color TV. It is creative, colorful, sometimes dramatic and intense, and always poetic and moving Russian adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale of voyages "The Snow Queen". Seeing it last night after such a long time together with my husband, we both agreed that this is one of the timeless classics. This story of the devoted heart of a little brave girl and the friendship and love which are above everything and are worth to fight for and to go to the end of the world, will never get old. Two best voices of Soviet stage and cinema participated in the narrating of "The Snow Queen", Maria Babanova - The Snow Queen and Yanina Zhejmo Gerda. Zhejmo was absolutely charming as Cinderella in the Russian adaptation "Zolushka" (1947) which is also one of my all time favorites.
The film was released on DVD by the company "Films by Jove" with the original Russian soundtrack and English subtitles and is available from the company's site. Four more excellent films by Lev Atamanov are included on the DVD: "Golden Antelope", the Indian fairy tale and three short animations, "Bench", "Cyclist", and "Fence" adapted from the cartoons of Herluf Bidstrup, celebrated Danish artist, famous for his comics, humorous drawings, series of graphical anecdotes, and caricatures.
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