The Snow Queen

Synopsis: 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?
74 min


Snip, snap...

Snip, snap, snourre...

pourre, bazelourre.

There're all kinds of people

in this world:


blacksmiths, school kids...


I'm a storyteller, for example.

And all of us - the blacksmiths,

the shoemakers and the storytellers

have got a job to do.

We all help one another.

If I hadn't been born,

no one would have ever known

what happened to a chimney-sweep

made out of porcelain,

or to a little boy

named Kay who was...

But wait... tsssst!

Today I'm going to tell the story

of the Snow Queen.

It's a strange story, sometimes

merry and sometimes sad.

Yes, it is sad... but happy!

There're two children in it,

a boy and a girl - my students.

This is Kay. You think

he only knows how to play?

No, he knows how to add

and subtract,

to multiply and divide,

even fractions!

And here's Gerda.

She's a very brave girl.

Even though she's afraid of frogs.

But that's the only thing in

the whole world that frightens her.

I know a great many stories!

But I get tired

ofjust telling them.

So today I'm going to show you

a story for a change,

and I'm going to take part

in these wonderful adventures.

After all, it's my story and I can

do whatever I want with it.

I'll challenge the counselor

to a duel.

I'll run him clean through.

I'm lucky that I've got a gun,

because I'll be running up

against a lot of bandits.

Of course, this thing doesn't shoot.

But that's lucky too. I just can't

stand stories with noise in them.

Well, let's begin our story.

Snip, snap, snourre!

Pourre, bazelourre!


Screenplay by Yevgeny SCHWARTZ

Based on the story by Andersen

Directed by Gennady KAZANSKY

Director of Photography


Production Designer


Music by Nadezhda SIMONYAN



V.NIKITENKO as Storyteller

Lena PROKLOVA as Gerda

Slava TSIUPA as Kay

Ye. MELNIKOVA as Grandmother

N. KLIMOVA as Snow Queen

N. BOYARSKY as Counselor

Ye. LEONOV as King

I. GUBANOVA as Princess

G. KOROLCHUK as Prince

O. VIKLANDT as Robber Chief

E. ZIGANSHINA as Robber Girl


V. TITOVA as Inkpot

Someone's walking up the steps.

It must be Grandma.

Let's hide from her!

We'll give her a big surprise.

What sort of ridiculous

shenanigans are these?

What is it, I ask you! You are

very badly behaved children!

Sorry, sir, we're very

well behaved.

Well behaved children:

A, don't crawl around.

B, nor do they scream "boo, boo".

C, they don't bark, "arf, arf',

D, they never throw themselves

upon visitors.

But we thought you were our


Fools! I'm certainly not your


Are these real garden roses?

- Grandmother!

- Did you miss me?

Look, Grandma!

I've come on a business matter.

Do you know who I am?

No, I have not had that honor, sir.

I'm a very wealthy man.

That's why I was named by the king

as his commercial counselor.

Ice, cellars of ice, ice boxes,

they're all mine.

Ice has made me rich!

I can buy whatever I like.

I'm here to buy your roses.

- Do you like flowers so much?

- I despise them.

I like rarities.

That's what's made me so rich.

In summer ice is a rarity,

so summer is when I sell it.

In winter roses are a rarity.

I'm prepared to cultivate them.

So, what is your price?

I'm so sorry, sir, that you've

come all this way for nothing.

Those flowers are not for sale.

- They certainly are for sale!

- Oh no, they are not!

- I tell you they're for sale!

- Not for anything in the world!

Take this piece of gold.

Go on and take it!

- I won't do it!

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Lev Atamanov

Lev Atamanov (Russian: Лев Атаманов), born Levon Konstantinovich Atamanyan (Russian: Левон Константинович Атаманян, Armenian: Լևոն Կոնստանտինի Ատամանյան; 21 February [O.S. 8 February] 1905 – 12 February 1981) was a classic Soviet animated films director of Armenian descent. Atamanov was one of the foremost Soviet animation film directors and one of the founders of Soviet animation art. He is the director of the famous classics of Soviet animation, such as the prize-winning fairy tales The Yellow Stork (Zhyoltyy aist) (1950), Scarlet Flower (Alenkiy tsvetochek) (1952), The Golden Antelope (1954), the full-length animation The Snow Queen (Snezhnaya koroleva) (1957), and the modern satirical tale The Key (Klyuch) (1961). In his works Lev Atamanov subtly conveyed the national colouring of fairy tales and combined romantic elation in images of positive characters with warm and kind humor. more…

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