Released 2002
Duration 170 min
Director David Wu
Written by Simon Moore
Music Lawrence Shragge
Studio Hallmark Entertainment

The Polar Bear.


Dan Payne as the Polar Bear Prince.

Snow Queen is a 2002 made-for-television Hallmark Entertainment film directed by David Wu and based on the story "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen. The film originally aired on the Hallmark Channel as a two-part miniseries, but has since been released as a full-length film on DVD.

Jim Henson's Creature Shop supplied an animatronic Polar Bear. Suit performer Dan Payne also played the bear after he was transformed into a human prince.


Set in the present day in the north, the story focuses on Gerda, who lives in a hotel with her father Wolfgang (embittered by the death of his wife Amy years before). Gerda develops a romance with bellboy Kai, but a splinter of ice alters his personality, drawing him inexorably to the destructive Snow Queen. Kai vanishes one night, departing with the mysterious woman, but not without leaving a note asking for help. Asmonths pass, a distraught Gerda is determined to find her love, encountering the Snow Queen's siblings (representing the other three seasons), who each want to detain her. Meanwhile, Kai is trapped in a frozen castle, prevented from leaving until he reconstructs a magic mirror, unable to find an exit, and guarded by an irascible talking polar bear.


Jim Henson's Creature Shop


Saturn Award (2003)

  • Best Single Television Presentation - Nominated

Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards (2003)

  • Best Cinematography in TV Drama - Won

Leo Awards (2003)

  • Best Female Lead Performance in a Feature Length Drama (Chelsea Hobbs) - Nominated
  • Best Overall Sound in a Feature Length Drama - Nominated

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