The Snow Queen (Russian: ненa королевa, romanized: Snezhnaya Koroleva, lit. 'The Snow Queen) is a 2012 Russian 3D computer-animated fantasy adventure family film directed and written by Vladlen Barbe and Maxim Sveshnikov.
The Snow Queen was created by Wizart Animation and distributed by Bazelevs. InlayFilm, a co-production studio, was involved. The story is based on Hans Christian Andersen's 1844 novel of the same name. The film was produced by Timur Bekmambetov, Alexander Ligaiy, Yuri Moskvin, Sergey Rapoport, and Olga Sinelshchikova.
Gerda, the film's main character and heroine, is reminiscent of a fairy tale (voice of Nyusha and Jessica Straus). Gerda embarks on an improbable frigid journey up North to save Kai after the Snow Queen casts an eternal winter spell. When the Snow Queen's henchman troll Orm (voiced by Ivan Okhlobystin and Doug Erholtz) joins Gerda's quest as a friend, she has no idea Gerda is the last threat to winter dominance.
The Snow Queen was one of the most eagerly anticipated projects in the Russian film industry in 2012. The inspiring response to The Snow Queen in international film markets paved the way for international distribution. The film was released in Russia on December 31, 2012.
It was released in the United States on October 11, 2013. An Annecy International Animated Film Festival review noted that the film's ambition is reminiscent of the golden age of Russian animation, following generally positive critical reviews.
The film was also a commercial success, grossing 233 million rubles domestically and $13.6 million at the total box office, nearly doubling its $7 million budget. With awards from the Moscow Film Festival and the Zelenograd International Youth Film Festival, the film became a watershed moment in Russian animation history.