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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
"Lies can hurt, but the truth hurts more." The world is not unfair, it's what you make it. You may only realize what is important in life after you've lost it. The most difficult thing to do is to overcome your own flaws.
Positive Role Models
Orm confesses he is ashamed that he once served the evil Snow Queen before he helped to defeat her. Nevertheless, Orm is still a liar and a bit of cheater, with money problems and a tendency toward underhanded schemes. Orm falsely claims to have broken the Snow Queen's seal. Arrog is brave and fights evil. Ultimately Orm overcomes his greatest flaw.
Violence & Scariness
Rocks are thrown at Orm. Orm's pet weasel bites him when he tries to cheat someone. Orm is tossed out of the castle entrance by guards. Orm pretends to be a tough guy and warns a guard, "Touch me again and you and your head will be distant acquaintances." Skeletons of trolls who vainly tried to fight the Snow Queen litter the entrance to her lair. The North Wind, a soldier of the former Snow Queen, attacks. A weasel tries to eat a bird but the bird lives to serve as a carrier pigeon. A ship grows ice skates to navigate over a dangerous frozen sea.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Orm's comical grandmother claims that once, long ago, she was in demand: "I had a hot prince in love with me."
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"Bull poop," "dirt bag."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror (aka The Snow Queen 2, The Snow King, and The Snow Queen 2: Refreeze) is a sequel to The Snow Queen but you don't have to be familiar with the first to follow along. The title notwithstanding, this story's protagonist is a troll who once served the Snow Queen and is now trying to reform and atone for his past. This Russian animated fantasy is inspired by the same Hans Christian Andersen material as Disney's Frozen. This non-musical version presents mild peril and scary fight scenes, pitting the powers of good against the powers of evil. Dramatic animation depicts important characters being frozen by bad guys, and there's plenty of cartoon violence. Orm's comical grandmother claims that once, long ago, she was in demand: "I had a hot prince in love with me." Minor name-calling includes "bull poop" and "dirt bag." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While the movie is populated with many likable characters, it feels like a retread with many fuzzy plot points that will leave both kids and adults scratching their heads. The familiar theme of a good self fighting a bad self is at the heart of this chip off the Frozen iceberg. Yet since the "good" Orm is a cheater and a liar, small children may wonder what it is that separates him from the "evil" Orm trying to escape from inside the mirror. Overall The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror is too confusing to keep most kids interested.
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