Now in theaters (limited) is the film Snow Queen. This 3D computer animated film was actually released last year the former Soviet Union. It was made available on VOD (Video on Demand) on October 10th and was released in some theaters on October 11th.
The Snow Queen tells the story of an evil Snow Queen who has blanketed the world with ice. She shows no mercy toward anyone, especially those who are involved in the arts (art, music…).
As it is with other evil queens, the Snow Queen has a magic mirror. The mirror tells her that there is a threat to her – a master glass maker name Vegard who can create a special mirror that not only reflects images but can also reflect people’s souls too.
Feeling threatened the Snow Queen sends her polar winds to find Vegard and bring him back to her. Before he was taken, Vegard and his wife try and hide their children so that they are not taken away by the polar winds too.
After entrapping Vegard and his wife in ice the Snow Queen feels invincible. That is until the magic mirror informs her that Vegard had an heir who could also become a threat to her.
The Snow Queen was able to find Vegard’s son, Kai. He is captured and taken back to the Snow Queen’s lair. It’s not until she has Kai that she finds out that Vegard had another child, a daughter name Gerda.
The Snow Queen has sends her troll servant, Orm, into the village to find Gerda and bring her to the queen.
Orm is not evil like the queen. He’s just her dutiful servant. He eventually finds Gerda and her pet ferret, Luta, and tries to get her to the queen. Soon Orm becomes more of an ally than a threat. He soon finds himself helping Gerda on her incredible journey to find the Snow Queen’s castle and rescue her brother.
Along the way Gerda, Orm and Luta meet up with some interesting characters including a crazy lady who tends to a massive green house in the middle of no where, a king and his children who are at odds with one another, snow pirates and a mystical Eskimo who sheds light on who the Snow Queen truly is and why she is so mean and spiteful. He also shares with Gerda one way in which the queen could be defeated.
Will Gerda ever find her brother? Can she save him before it’s too late? Or will the queen succeed in destroying them all? To find out you either need to rent Snow Queen on VOD or check it out in a theater near you (if it’s available locally).
The film is not rated. There is some rude humor and a few scenes that might be too intense for little ones. I would think this movie might be better suited for those ages 7+.
The run time is approximately 80 minutes.
I am not a fan of this type of computer animation, but some of the scenes looked realistic which I was impressed by. Especially the outdoor scenery/action.
Some of the characters were not appealing or likeable (such as the lady who ran the green house and the mystical Eskimo). The Snow Queen is pretty creepy looking too.
Gerda was a very likable character as was Orm and the adorable Luta who is a “scene stealer” from time to time. Orm and Luta also provide comic relief to the film.
Initially I thought maybe this film would be geared more towards girls, but after seeing it there is plenty of action to appeal to most boys too. I think the boys will appreciate Orm as well as the pirates.
Over all I enjoyed the film. I thought it was full of action, comedy and heart.
Check out the film’s trailer and let me know what you think?
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.