The Snow Queen
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IMPORTANT INFO FOR POTENTIAL BUYERS: Several versions of this exist on VHS and/or DVD. The one you want is the one with Sandra Dee, Tommy Kirk and (as much as you may hate this part) the voice of Art Linkletter just before the movie starts. Why? Because that is the definitive version, the one you may recall from childhood if you are a Baby Boomer and the one that endures the test of time.
Not a typical Disney type of film, the movie and soundtrack contains all the basic plot outlines of The Snow Queen (two young children, a boy and girl fall in love until the evil Snow Queen hardens the heart of one) but it isn't overly prettified for children. I was absolutely entranced by both the film and music as a child and the clearly Russian flavor of the music, very romantic. Some of the animals have European accents. Patty McCormack (yes, the same child star who appeared in The Bad Seed) does a tour de force performance as Angel, the child torn between evil and good. Sandra Dee makes a fine Gerta.
When she sings the very lovely "Do What Your Heart is Feeling" I am still swept with nostalgia. It is a bittersweet song with lyrics that go, "Do what your heart is feeling...what is the point concealing...but do it while you're young...go after the one you love, he needs you..but do it, don't wait". Seeing these lyrics, stripped of musical background and put on the page, I realize how impossible it is to describe the plaintive quality of Sandra Dee's voice as she sings these words, the yearning and pain.Read more ›
The good news is that you've found it right here from Osiris Entertainment (2009): The Snow Queen, which is essentially identical to the Westlake Entertainment Group (2004) version here: The Snow Queen, except that the Osiris version comes in a proper DVD box, not a flimsy cardboard sleeve. In addition The Snow Queen Plus Bonus Features contains this version along with several other things.
(Amazon has unfortunately grouped together the reviews of several different versions of The Snow Queen so before purchasing make sure to follow the links provided in this review in order to get the version you actually want.)
The bad news is that the print is in pretty sad shape: scratched, spliced, and so dark that the nighttime scenes are all but invisible. The soundtrack also has a lot of glitches, but wait, there's more.Read more ›
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.
The quality of the transfer is not great. However, this is to be expected considering the treatment that the public domain print would have received over the decades. The majority of the film is very dark and grainy and the soundtrack jumps occasionally. This serves to severely date the picture, making it appear much older than it is. However, this should not detract from the beauty of this animated feature. It is still very enjoyable to watch and can be appreciated by both adults and children.
The live action introduction with Art Linkletter could be considered by today's standards to be overly corny, but I believe it serves as an interesting example that gives viewers a look at how children's entertainment was presented almost 50 years ago.
This is a remarkable movie, with exceptional animation, great vocal performances and a wonderful soundtrack. I could only imagine how beautiful it would look with proper restoration.
*UPDATE* Osiris Entertainment's February 2010 DVD release of 'The Snow Queen' uses the same print that was used to make the Westlake Entertainment DVD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My grandson just turned 4 years old and loves this movie. Funny thing is, I remember it from when I was a little girl. I guess great stories never go out of style.Published 2 months ago by Bitty Laughlin
Very dated but a lovely story. Today's children may find tha animation a little old fashioned. I remembered seeing it as a child ( I'm now a grandmother) so for me it was a trip... Read morePublished 2 months ago by A
This copy is Horrible. I knew the quality wouldn't be the best because it is an unrestored version but what I was not expecting was the multiple spot where it skips several minutes... Read morePublished 4 months ago by April F
Movie stopped working one third of the way in. Disappointed granddaughter so aibhad to rent another movie!Published 5 months ago by Monique van Grinsven
With all due respect, this is an ugly wriiten story, a story that depicts fat , spotty face, bushy eyebrows as ugly, dark skinned as evil and c'mon kids getting married?!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by I.bi
It was not really good and the introduction was too long...the animation was of poor quality.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer