At this time of year, we all need a new 'classic' winter family film to curl up in front of as the evenings start to draw in earlier.
Releasing in Vue cinemas on 25th October, and then on DVD from 3rd November is Signature Entertainment 's new film THE SNOW QUEEN.
Young audiences will be familiar with the Snow Queen story from the recent Disney smash Frozen, but this film is much more closely in line with the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale from way back in 1844.
The original characters from the book are here, and The Snow Queen follows the story of little orphan girl Gerda, who must defeat the evil Queen after she's taken over the kingdom and kidnapped Gerda’s brother, Kai.
Accompanied by her adorable pet ferret, Luta, and Orm the troll, Gerda embarks on a perilous journey across the icy wonderland, facing swashbuckling pirates and treacherous trolls, in a race against time to defeat the wicked Snow Queen, save Kai and bring warmth back to the hearts of people across the land.
Like the original fairy tale, it's quite a dark story in places, and younger viewers may struggle to follow the plot. That said Ruby, aged 6 1/2 enjoyed it, and I think it's a film that will benefit from a few extra viewings. She struggled a little to keep up with Orm and his shape-shifting ways into lots of different animals.
Overall, it's a charming story of good triumphing over evil and perfect for this winter. The DVD would make a great stocking filler too.
If you'd like to, you can print this free activity sheet to take to the cinema with you when you go along to see it.
We were sent a pre-view copy of the DVD for the purposes of this review.