A Russian animated version of “The Snow Queen,” which releases to limited theaters on Oct. 11, looks like it belongs with the “Hoodwinked!” films. That’s not meant to be a compliment. The animation looks incredibly cheap and ugly, and it doesn’t help that the film is filled with repeated and unfunny jokes.
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story of the same name, the villainous Snow Queen (Cindy Robinson) has plans to cover the whole world in snow and strip it of any light and happiness. She captures the young Kai (Marianne Miller) – thinking that he is the last person alive who can stop her. And then Kai’s sister, Gerda (Jessica Straus), travels to the snowy landscape and attempts to stop the queen and save her brother.
The opening narration sounds like the audience is in for a comedic take on the fairy tale. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. It would have been best if the original Russian actors’ voices were used, and the film came with subtitles for the U.S. release. It’s distracting to watch “The Snow Queen” and see the characters’ lips not match up with the dialogue.
“The Snow Queen” rushes through the story and doesn’t take any time to explore the various enemies Gerda faces, nor does it really give much into the other characters she meets along the way. We’re treated to jokes where characters run into trees, and a troll farts multiple times due to taking a potion. There are a couple times where the troll, Orm (Doug Erholtz), gets in a few laughs, but it is not enough to save this wretched film.