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The Snow Queen

Merry Christmas, Stormy readers! Today we dispense with the usual news reports, political chatter and social commentary, except for a few yuletide roasts.

Instead we present the original Russian animated feature known as Snezhnaya Koroleva, or The Snow Queen. Released in 1957, it runs with the original music and Russian dialogue, translated into English subtitles. Cartoonist Lev Atamanov wrote and directed it, adapting Hans Christian Andersen’s original story.

This adventure, which serves as the basis for the movie Frozen, sometimes airs on television on New Year’s Day, but we consider it the perfect treat for Christmas. There are some dark passages, so you might think twice before showing it to little tykes, although most children aged 8 and above can follow and enjoy it.

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And, as an added treat, here is Ballerina on the Boat, a 1969 short also by Atamanov, with music by Alfred Schnittke.  In keeping with the dance theme, everything is conveyed through movement and the characters’ expressions, rather than dialogue.

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