The Snow Queen - Retold
The quest of the young maiden Gerda from her provincial hometown of Rosenau to the icy Arctic fortress of the Snow Queen to save her boyfriend... eh, boy friend Kai (Kay? Keu? Keogh?), spirited away after a shard of her Mirror of Truth entered his heart through his left eye and made him a cold-hearted perfectionist...
Every chapter will be a homage to a certain author's style, that of a writer, filmmaker, and/or genre I am fond of.
MY DREAMCAST (STILL UNFINISHED)
- as Kai/Keogh/the Narrator/the Mirrorsmith (in the prologue)
- Sophie Turner as Gerda
- as Grandmother Astrid
- Imelda Staunton as Iduna (goddess of springtime and youth, springtime witch)
- Alicia Vikander as Crown Princess Frederica
- Richard Madden as Prince Consort Frederick/Tycho
- Ewan McGregor as Will, the circus crow tamer (male/wild crow, in the original tale)
- Emma Thompson as Emmeline, the handmaid (female/pet crow, in the original tale)
- Natalia Tena as Asha, the bandit maiden
- Helena Bonham-Carter as the bandit leader
- Sacha Baron Cohen as the leader's right-hand man
- Tilda Swinton as the Wise Woman of the Tundra
- as the Snow Queen
- as the voice of a Frog-Footman
- Stellan Skarsgârd as the Royal Advisor
- as the voice of a Snowy Owl
- as the voice of the Reindeer
- Story the First: homage to the Disney storybook openings and the Star Wars opening crawl. The Mirror of Truth story is retold in a mix of both styles as a prelude.
- Story the Second: set in a quaint local community, this at first cozy and then sinister autumn-winter chapter in which 13-year-old Kai's heart freezes when a mirror shard enters his heart through his left eye, and then, in winter, he is spirited away by the Queen, is a homage to cult 1980s family/young adult fantasy; like Labyrinth, Willow, The Neverending Story, The Princess Bride, Return to Oz...
- Story the Third: springtime, Gerda's moratorium in the springtime witch's flower garden. This chapter is a homage to Lewis Carroll and Lyman Frank Baum; with sapient flowers, a grandmotherly Good Witch, and frog-servants and playing card motifs.
- Story the Fourth: summer, subplot of romance at the royal court. This chapter, in which the subplot is introduced and entwines with the main plot, is a homage to William Shakespeare (both tragedy and comedy): the courtly setting, iambic pentameter, commoner comic relief, love songs and passionate affection, mistaken identity, intense emotions, references to the Bible and to classical myth, any Shakespearean comedy's quintessential happy ending. There will also be reference to Wes Anderson in the use of colour, eccentric characters...
- Story the Fifth: autumn, Gerda captured by outlaws. This chapter is a homage to Quentin Tarantino: the gruesome bloodshed, the witty dialogue, the bare female feet, the sexiness (of the outlaw maiden), the swearing and the drinking and other adult content... and 360º shots, POV shots, God's Eye shots, tracking characters, flashbacks in black and white, and references to other fiction, violent awakening, carriage scene, black and white uniforms, "don't be such a square."
- Story the Sixth: encounter with the Wise Woman of the Tundra, Gerda and Kai on opposing fronts, prelude to the climax. This chapter is a homage to Jostein Gaarder, with all of his metaphysical magical realism and the questions he asks the readers of his works. This becomes even more pronounced when the Ice Warriors, led by Kai himself, retreat as Gerda sings her leitmotif.
- Story the Seventh: finale. At once, as the finale unfurls, the various homaged referents are once more recalled, beginning with Gaarder until Gerda and Kai solve the puzzle together and leave the ice palace, then Tarantino, Shakespeare/Wes Anderson, Carroll/Baum, and finally cult 1980s family/young adult fantasy.