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The Snow Queen (1957)

Snezhnaya koroleva (original title)
When the Snow Queen, a lonely and powerful fairy, kidnaps the human boy Kay, his best friend Gerda must overcome many obstacles on her journey to rescue him.

Director:

Lev Atamanov (as L. Atamanov)

Writers:

Hans Christian Andersen (story), Lev Atamanov (screenplay) (as L. Atamanov) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vladimir Gribkov Vladimir Gribkov ... Ole Lukoje (voice)
Yanina Zheymo ... Gerda (voice)
Anna Komolova ... Kay (voice)
Mariya Babanova ... The Snow Queen (voice)
Sergey Martinson ... Karraks (voice) (as Sergei Martinson)
Galina Kozhakina Galina Kozhakina ... The Robber Girl (voice)
Art Linkletter ... English Prologue
Billy Booth ... English prologue
Rickey Busch Rickey Busch ... English prologue
Jennie Lynn Jennie Lynn ... English prologue
Tammy Marihugh ... English prologue
Paul Frees ... Ol Dreamy / the Raven (voice)
Sandra Dee ... Gerda (voice)
Tommy Kirk ... Kay (voice)
Lillian Buyeff Lillian Buyeff ... Granny (voice)
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Storyline

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 cupcakes

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | English

Release Date:

1957 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The Snow Queen See more »

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Production Co:

Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When this movie was released in the U.S. it contained a tacked-on live-action prologue featuring TV personality Art Linkletter. He introduced the movie and recited a rhyme: "One snowflake, two / three snowflakes, four / now you'll see the Snow Queen / if you count a million more." When he finished the rhyme, the movie began. See more »

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Version of The Snow Queen (1986) See more »

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The Jolly Robbers
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Words and Music by Diane Lampert and Richard Loring
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The tale from my childhood:
7 February 2007 | by GalinaSee all my reviews

"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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