The Snow Queen movie poster

The Snow Queen is a 2012 Russian-French-American-Emirati-Iranian computer-animated fantasy film directed by Vladlen Barbe and Maxim Sveshnikov. It is based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale of the same name. It was the first feature film produced by Wizart Animation and was released on December 31, 2012 in Russia and internationally released on January 3, 2013. It was followed by a sequel, The Snow Queen 2, which was released in October 11, 2015.


The malevolent Snow Queen, wishing to destroy all art and freeze the souls of others, casts a curse on the world, covering it in ice. Informed by her magic mirror that glass-maker Master Vegard is the last threat to her, The Snow Queen conjures the north wind to take him and his wife Una to her ice palace, where they are frozen solid. However, Vegard and Una's two children, Gerda and Kai, remain unharmed in the process, and Gerda keeps her father's magical mirror that reflects the souls of others. Several years pass, and an older Gerda and Kai live in an orphanage run by the cruel headmaster. The Snow Queen's minion, Orm the troll, discovers Kai at the orphanage and recognizes him as Vegard's successor. Orm goads Kai to leave the orphanage after the headmaster burns his paintings, but Gerda, realizing Kai is her brother, interrupts the two. Though Kai is abducted to the Snow Queen's palace, Gerda and Orm are abandoned outside of town.

Gerda forces Orm to lead her on her quest to find Kai and defeat the Snow Queen. On their journey, they come across an old garden lady who attempts to poison Gerda into forgetting about Kai so she can keep her in the garden, but she is warned by Orm. After escaping the garden lady, the two venture into Imana's caves, where Orm tells Gerda the history of the trolls and how and the Snow Queen turned them against each other, leading to their extinction, except for Orm. Orm is ordered by the Snow Queen to bring Gerda to her, to which he obeys. In the process, he warns her not to look into the lake Gow, but she is forced to disobey when he nearly falls in. However, she manages to overcome Gow's curse and the two escape. The two later come across a king and his two children who take Gerda prisoner, but they end up setting the castle on fire. Gerda rescues them, and they reward her by giving her a couch to ride to the Snow Queen.

The three are soon abducted by a band of pirates. However, Gerda convinces the leader of the pirates to let her and Orm go so they can defeat the Snow Queen. The pirates allow the two to use their reindeer as they journey to the Snow Queen. The two later on come across the Lady of Lapland, who tells the two of the back story of the Snow Queen and how she was once a magically powerful young girl named Irma who fled to the lake Gow and was transformed into the Snow Queen after being shunned by her peers, which is why she fears magic mirrors. Gerda reaches the Snow Queen's palace, where she discovers Kai to have frozen to death. She is confronted by the Snow Queen and attacked by her ice minions. However, Orm transforms into a polar bear and fends them off while Gerda and the Snow Queen face each other at the top of her ice castle. Gerda is nearly overwhelmed by the Snow Queen, but manages to shine her mirror at the Snow Queen, transforming her back into Irma and undoing her curse over the land. A reformed Irma heals Kai, and the three head off to the town, along with Orm.

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