Hello folks! Here is the beginning of an ongoing, comparative discussion of all the different film versions of “The Snow Queen,” one of my favorite fairy tales. It is not as well known as a lot of the other fairy tales, and that is probably because it is much darker and more complex and sophisticated than they are. That is one of the things I love about it. For those of you who are unfamiliar with “The Snow Queen,” here is a link to the original story: http://hca.gilead.org.il/snow_que.html
This story has several different film versions, but not one of them is well known. They are certainly not as popular as any of the Disney fairy tales. Part of my reason for comparing film versions of this story, therefore, is to choose which version would be best for showing to kindergarteners or first graders as part of a fairy tale unit, since it is not a fairy tale film most children are likely to be exposed to. While this story is sophisticated, I do not think there is anything inappropriate for children in it. Besides, children of all ages understand much more than we give them credit for. The film version I choose to recommend for teachers in my fairy tale unit discussions will be one that young children can understand and enjoy without being terribly frightened. (A little bit of fear is usually a good thing).
This discussion will come in several installments, and I will post a completed comparative essay on this blog when it is finished. The discussion may lead to me discussing other lesser-known film versions of fairy tales, but who knows. For now, enjoy the first installment of my “Snow Queen” film discussion!