“Lady Ice” by Liron Pe’er

Lady Ice is a Disney epic in seven minutes. Liron Pe’er began the film in 2004 as her final performance piece for the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. After graduating, Pe’er continued to work on it and in 2010, 5-and-a-half years later, she completed it. Pe’er is currently a freelance animator in Israel.

(Thanks to Maja Majkić)


  • http://www.hobsonanimation.com Kevin

    This is really beautiful animation. The art style is similar to “Pocahontas” which fits perfectly with the mood of the story.

    Thank you, Liron Pe’er, for bringing us this amazing animated film!

  • Rufus

    Great work! *claps*

  • Old Man Father Time

    DISNEY! HIRE THIS PERSON! NOW!

  • ferp

    Damn that’s quite the effort.

    There’s more 2D and stop-motion happening around the world except Disney :(

  • http://www.toonocity.com fremgen

    Pretty damn impressive. Nice work :)

  • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron B.

    So… she just melts herself into a river?

    Anyways, the animation for Lady Ice’s hair was outstanding, for sure.

  • Scarabim

    Simply beautiful.

  • C. Stulz

    Someone hire her before your competition does!

  • Dave O.

    Her influences are laid bare, but this is some solid stuff! Great work!

  • Josh Bowman

    Now that’s work to be proud of! Screw working on the current crop of drivel, go make something that you want to make.

  • hitface

    This is really beautifully done, but it really seems like way too much of a rip on the Firebird sequence in fantasia two thousand. This person has immense talent though and I know they’ll do amazing work.

  • Tstevens

    The production was very nice and it was definitely a labor of love.

    However, it was an awful lot of story for 7 minutes. I think it would have had more impact with a tighter narative and clearer character motivations.

    I could have also used some sort of visual cue to let us know that the main character was the kid from the first sequence instead of hitting us over the with the writing on the ax. A simple cross disolve from the kid to the adult: a visual cue on the face: some sort of piece of jewelry: just anything other than the writing on the ax!

  • Peter J Casey

    Its about darn time she got some recognition. I waited for this to come out and bought her DVD in support.

  • Melo

    T Stevens has a point: show it, don’t tell it. But even professionals sometimes miss that one. Lady Ice is very well done.

  • Gray64

    Excellently done, and clearly a lot of work. The snowflakes at the beginning looked a lot like the opening to Disney’s Little Match Girl short, and the landscape reminded me of “The Firebird” from Fantasia 2000.

    • Old Man Father Time

      Actually, the whole thing had traces of Brother Bear.

      We can’t avoid comparing something to an older movie these days. It’s just unavoidable.

  • joe

    Eh, I thought it was alright, but it didn’t really grab me with the animation, and the character designs are ripped off from Pocahontas and Balto (Hell, all of the human characters are Pocahontas’ design!). The characters are very underdeveloped, and in turn the pathos doesn’t move me at all. I couldn’t follow along with the story either…didn’t the Balto bear thing die by the hand of the main character’s father? Why is it still alive? And why is it friends with the main character now? Why does Lady Ice fancy the main character? I feel like it doesn’t finish some of the plot points.

    Then again, I was never fan of those new age Disney films from the 90s anyway, so this probably wasn’t for me to begin with.

    • Josh Bowman

      If you spend the time to think about it you can come up with some pretty straight forward explainations:

      1) Balto bear was only injured, boy looked after it which meant they bonded as the boy grew up.

      2) I don’t think she fancies him, it looks more like jealously for the friendship the boy and the Balto Bear now have as it seems the Bear used to be her only friend. She feels alone and she blames that on the boy. Over time as she watches them she becomes more curious about him.

      Again this is all just speculation but it’s not hard to fill in the gaps yourself and actually makes the short film more interesting because we can read into it what we like rather than being spoon fed all the plot points.

  • E. L. Kelly

    Wow! It appears that this Liron Pe’er has just done with five years of hwer time what I would have done had I had spirit, patience, and focus 15,000 times what they are.
    Come whatever in her life, she went to her room, sat on her duff and made a short film of near-professional quality.
    I give not a fig if every little character, plot-point, setting and object seems derived from a late-Nineties animated feature film. Given the chance, with my own experience level, I’d be just as swayed by my favorite influences. I’m just impressed that Pe’er – one (presumably) young lady – worked this into existence!
    Yay! on you, Shame! on me!

  • James Madison

    Congratulations to Liron Pe’er! Keep it going!

  • Isaac

    The white creature’s character design is awkward. The animation’s timing is uneven, and not in the positive sense.

    I wonder if there’s more here than just rote copying.

  • Maya

    I really get the feeling that she bit more than she could chew with this film. The Pocahontas-ish character designs are way too complicated, and she lacks the necessary experience and anatomical know-how to pull them off right. I think even an experienced animator would have problems with character designs like that.
    Still, I appreciate the effort that went into making this, and that she went with what she believed in and enjoyed making – I go to the same school she did, and I have a hunch that the teachers might not have liked it much.