Sunday, 10 February 2013

The Snow Queen

When I was little, my grandparents had a VHS tape of the 1957 animated feature "The Snow Queen" they had taped from tv. We watched it so many times I, and my grandparents I presume, lost count. It was one of the re-releases dubbed in English but it might as well have been the original Russian version as I obviously didn't understand English very well either at the time. But despite not understanding a word that was said I could still clearly follow the storyline and I was absolutely transfixed by the Snow Queen herself.

With the buzz around Disney's upcoming 'Frozen' (also an adaptation of the Snow Queen), my memory got jogged and I suddenly remembered the 1957 version. I searched for it, rewatched it, and I still kinda liked it. Although the pacing, staging and animation style are clearly from another era I still found it beautiful. I'm not sure it's because of the actual movie or because of the memories that are attached to it, but who cares, right? :)

Here's my take on the Snow Queen, no doubt conjuring up a snowstorm or something of the sorts. It took a few tries to get the hang of drawing the ice the way I wanted to but I got there in the end.

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