The Snow Queen is a 2012 Russian 3D computer-animated film directed by Vladlen Barbe and Maxim Sveshnikov. It was produced by Wizart Animation studio in Voronezh and is based on the story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, co-produced by Moscow’s Inlay Film, and distributed by Timur Bekmambetov’s company Bazelevs. The movie was released on December 31, 2012 in Russia, and internationally on January 3, 2013, a year before the release of Disney’s counterpart project, Frozen, that is currently scheduled to be released on November 27, 2013.
Wishing to create a new world where clean lines replace emotions and the polar wind cools human souls, the Snow Queen has blanketed the world in ice and set out to destroy all art. According to the predictions of a magic mirror, the last threat to the Snow Queen comes from the master glass-maker Vegard, whose mirrors reflect not only appearances but also souls. One day the polar wind takes away Vegard and his wife Una. But they manage to hide their baby-boy Kai and daughter Gerda.