Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Available Today on DVD and VOD -- "Snow Queen" -- Review

Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy by the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

Based on the Beloved Hans Christian Anderson Fairytale,
Animated Film Will Warm the Entire Family’s Hearts!

More Than $14 Million Grossed to Date in Worldwide Box Office
On DVD & VOD Nov. 26th

"From award-winning producer Timur Bekmambetov (Universal Picture’s Wanted and Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), comes The Snow Queen, an animated tale that will warm the hearts of the entire family! On DVD and VOD Nov. 26 from Vertical Entertainment.

Based on the beloved fairytale by Hans Christian Anderson – author of such other memorable classics such as The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling and The Princess and the Pea – The Snow Queen has grossed more than $14 million to date in worldwide box office and a sequel is already in the works, with plans for a winter 2014 release.

In a land far, far away, the wicked Snow Queen has blanketed the kingdom in ice, plotting to turn it into a frozen landscape and imprison its people in a never-ending winter sleep, with no light, joy or happiness and no free will. The only remaining obstacle to her evil plan is Vegard, a master glassmaker whose mirrors reflect not only appearances but reveal a person’s soul … So one day, the Queen’s cruel polar wind comes and takes him and his wife away forever.

But when the Snow Queen’s servant stumbles across an orphanage and a young boy named

Kai – rumored to be the glassmaker’s son and to bear his father’s powers as a wizard – the boy is abducted and held captive in the palace.

Now it is up to his sister, Gerda, to rescue him before it’s too late! The determined girl treks across the forbidding and frigid land, battling daunting obstacles and encountering new friends who help in her quest to set Kai free, defeat the Snow Queen and save the world from eternal frost.

Featuring an original soundtrack from Emmy-nominated composer Mark Willott."
My Thoughts:
We had such a great time watching this movie over the weekend.  Right after putting up the Christmas tree and turning on the lights, the girls in their pajamas, grabbed their blankets and cuddled up next my parents on the couch, as we settled in to watch this box office hit together. I don't know about you, but I love watching movies all snuggled up on the couch, snacking on popcorn with family.  It is so relaxing, and really is a great bonding experience.  As I sat on the other end of our sectional, I was able to see the girls let out "oohh" and "aahhh" when certain scenes from this family-friendly movie got them excited.  And, being an animated film, made it even more enjoyable, as it kept the girls engaged from start to finish. :-)

With the Snow Queen looking to turn world into a frozen landscape, it is up to Gerda to come to the rescue, and not only save her brother, Kai, who was kidnapped, but also stop the Snow Queen.  This fantasy adventure film really pulls you in and keeps you engaged throughout the whole movie.  As you sit and watch Gerda make new friends and come face to face with the fight between good and evil, you can't help but root for her to overcome all the obstacles put before her, and save the world from becoming ice cold.

Everyone agreed that after this movie was over, it was great, and worth the 80 minutes.  Recently, we have sat and watch also so-called family friendly movies, and feel in the end that we wasted precious time, as the plot was crazy or the movie itself wasn't kid-friendly,  But, this movie, with all its positive messages, like believing in oneself, not stealing, acceptance and that you should never resort to violence to settle differences.  I can't say enough about this new release, and hope you wil check it out and watch with your family.

About Vertical Entertainment
Based in Santa Monica, Calif., Vertical Entertainment was founded in 2013 by entertainment industry veterans Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin and has quickly become a notable force in indie film distribution for theatrical, television, DVD, VOD and digital platforms. With a focus on family fare and theatrical genre films with A-list casts in the $5-10 million budget range, the company plans to release up to 24 films a year.  High-profile titles acquired to date  include The Hot Flashes, starring Brooke Shields, Wanda Sykes, Virginia Madsen, Daryl Hannah, and Camryn Manheim; Scenic Route, starring Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler; Rushlights with Josh Henderson, Beau Bridges and Aidan Quinn; the animated Freedom Force, voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christopher Lloyd; and the 3-D animated film The Snow Queen, based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and produced by Timur Bekmambetov.

1 comment :

  1. This sounds pretty good and something we would like to watch great review.
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