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Furs on TV – Snow Queen (2002)

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It’s almost Christmas, or it will be the week after this goes live. I may take that off, so here’s the best I can do for a Christmas update. The funny thing is Christmas movies may seem like something that would make fur more likely because they are nominally associated with cold weather. But, let me tell you, they aren’t any more or less likely to feature fur fashion, even in the 80s. Snow Queen isn’t even much of a Christmas movie.

Snow Queen – The TV Miniseries

Snow Queen is a Hallmark channel miniseries, in so far as it originally aired in two parts. It’s based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen. Suffice it to say, not one of his more well-known works. The titular Queen sets about breaking up young lovers Kai and Gerda because Kai has a piece of a magical MacGuffin in his eye, which she needs to build a doomsday device to destroy the other seasons.

Snow Queen – The Furs

Fear not; while I would have skipped this in the old days, I’m giving (almost) everything a shot. That includes Gerda (Chelsea Hobbs) chatting up Kai early on while wearing a coat with a very tiny collar.

Now that’s out of the way, we get to the reason we’re all here: the Snow Queen’s (Bridget Fonda) -trimmed coat and white fox hat. The entrance is grand and worth every second.

This is the first of the two primary sequences which feature the coat and hat. It provides the most close-ups of the Queen in her white fox.

The Snow Queen reveals she’s vulnerable to a distant fireplace, so I feel someone in charge needs to reconsider her status as a world-ending threat.

Sequence two is when she “kidnaps” Kai. However, that term can only be very loosely applied.

Let’s agree Kai was somewhat instrumental in his own capture, running off after the Snow Queen’s oddly steampunk, turbine-powered sled-mobile.

Not that I can blame him. The Queen smooches him into submission before loading him into the flying sleigh and taking off. Old-school fairytale story beats at their finest.

There’s a bit later in the series where the coat and hat return. It is brief and does not contribute much but provides fond memories of the earlier sequences.

Once the kidnapping occurs, it’s pretty much over for the fur fashion. The first hour of the three is where most of the action happens. That extra bit doesn’t drop until hour two, and I can’t say it’s worth hanging around for. Because it’s three hours long, the two percent ratio is paltry, but those are some fine four minutes of Bridget Fonda in a spectacular white fox-trimmed coat and hat. 

Bonus fact, after digging up this title and vaguely remembering, “Wasn’t Bridget Fonda famous?” it turns out she retired, and this was her last role. Going out on a huge white fox collar and cuffs: a class act.

Fur Runtime: approx 4.5 minutes
Film Runtime: 180 minutes
On-Screen Fur Ratio: 2.3%

Find-a-Fur: Snow Queen, 2002

(all times are approximate and are affected by the cut of the film)

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