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"Well, Mike - I guess this is just a Magical Land. (Beat) I hate magical lands."
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This 1964 Soviet fairy tale film tells the story of the young maiden Nastenka, and her suitor, Ivan. Nastenka is a sweet, innocent girl who's tormented by both her evil stepmother and her spoiled, ugly stepsister, Marfushka, to the point where her father's ordered to dump her out in the woods. Ivan insults the elderly Father Mushroom and is turned into a bear because of his pride. Despite these and many other obstacles, including constant interference from the witch Baba Yaga, the two lovers finally reunite (with the help of the titular character, a.k.a. Jack Frost), get married, and live happily ever after.

This film gained a cult following in Czechoslovakia and fans of vintage foreign fantasy films. In 1966 it was released in the United States as Jack Frost. In 2011, the film recieved a remake as a musical-comedy that featuring such reimagining as the scene where Ivan revives Nastenka featuring a parody of "I Will Survive."

Not to be confused with the film about a killer snowman, or the other film about a friendly snowman.

For the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version, please go to the episode recap page.


Morozko contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The original fairy tale only covered Morozko rescuing and rewarding the Nastenka character for refusing help even while freezing to death, and him later punishing her stepsister for trying to trick him.
  • Animorphism: Ivan being turned into a bear.
    • Laser-Guided Karma: "If you didn't act like a bear, you wouldn't have the head of a bear."
  • Baba Yaga: Called "the Hunchbacked Fairy" in the English dub.
  • Boring Invincible Hero: Ivan, bordering on Marty Stu after he loses his pride and selfishness
  • Bowdlerized: In the actual tale, Marfusha was killed and stuffed in that pig-driven sleigh. Never mess with Jack Frost. You Have Been Warned.
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  A short while later, the gate to the yard creaked. The old woman went outside and saw her husband standing next to the sleigh. She rushed forward and pulled aside the sleigh's cover. To her horror, she saw the body of her daughter, frozen by an angry Morozko. She began to scream and berate her husband, but it was all in vain. Later, the old man's daughter married a neighbor, had children, and lived happily. Her father would visit his grandchildren every now and then, and remind them always to respect Old Man Winter.

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