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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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Miracle...Magical...Musical Entertainment For All Ages of the Heart!!!


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | English

Release Date:

1 November 1957 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The Snow Queen See more »

Company Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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Version of Snow Queen (2012) See more »

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The Snow Queen
(english version)
Words and Music by Diane Lampert and Richard Loring
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enchanting, even in the botched US presentations
19 January 2004 | by raymondo1960See all my reviews

I was entranced by this film when I saw it a kiddie matinee in the 60s, and upon repeat viewings it is truly wonderful. I just don't understand why this film has not been given a proper treatment in the west. I've seen three english versions; the original US release with Art Linkletter was what I saw in the theater. A few years ago I chanced upon a strange version with the original elf narration restored, but with portions of the score dropped out to make way for horrible contemporary pop songs. Thirdly there was a version shown on PBS sans Linkletter, but with an entirely new soundtrack, which fared better than the pop version I mentioned (though not much better) Still the imagery is fabulous regardless of which botched presentation it is, and I would go out of my way to see an unadulterated version even without the benefit of translation.


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