Ice Princess

Ice Princess is a 2005 American figure-skating film directed by Tim Fywell, written by Hadley Davis from a story by Meg Cabot and Davis, and starring Michelle Trachtenberg, Joan Cusack, Kim Cattrall and Hayden Panettiere. The film focuses on Casey Carlyle, a normal teenager who gives up a promising future academic life in order to pursue her new-found dream of being a professional figure skater. The film was released on March 18, 2005. Ice Princess had an unsuccessful performance at the box office, grossing $24 million in the United States during its theatrical run against a production budget of $25 million.

Ice Princess
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byTim Fywell
Produced byBridget Johnson
Screenplay byHadley Davis
Story byMeg Cabot
Hadley Davis
StarringJoan Cusack
Kim Cattrall
Michelle Trachtenberg
Hayden Panettiere
Music byChristophe Beck
CinematographyDavid Hennings
Edited byJanice Hampton
Walt Disney Pictures
Bridget Johnson Films
On The Ice Productions
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • March 18, 2005 (2005-03-18)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$25 million[1]
Box office$27.6 million


Casey Carlyle (Michelle Trachtenberg), a very smart and talented science student, plans to pursue a scholarship to Harvard University. For the scholarship, Casey must present a personal summer project about physics. While watching a figure skating competition with her mathematically inclined friend Ann, Casey realizes that her favorite childhood hobby, ice skating, would make a perfect project. She decides to try to improve her own skating by applying physics and what she has discovered from watching other skaters.

She becomes proficient and skips two levels to become a junior skater. She helps junior skaters Gennifer "Gen" Harwood (Hayden Panettiere) Tiffany Lai (Jocelyn Lai) and Nikki Fletcher (Kirsten Olson) improve their skating. Torn between her Harvard dream and her growing love of skating, Casey has difficulty juggling schoolwork, skating, and a part-time job. Joan Carlyle (Joan Cusack) Casey's mother, attempts to prevent Casey from skating due to her declining academic performance. Meanwhile, tension arises between Casey's mother and Casey's coach Tina Harwood (Kim Cattrall), a disgraced former skater.

Tina, who manages the rink where Casey trains, has Gen on a strict training program. During a competition where both Casey and Gen compete, Tina sees that Casey may outrank Gen, and sabotages Casey's performance by buying her new skates, Casey being unaware of the inadvisability of using skates in competition that have not been broken in. Upset at this, and frustrated by all the restrictions of training, Gen quits. Casey declines the Harvard scholarship competition to devote herself to skating, to her mother's dismay. Casey asks Tina to be her personal coach and help her train for sectionals. Her mother, upset at this change of direction in her life, refuses to watch her skate.

At the sectionals, Casey's mind is not fully focused on the competition, and she falls while attempting a triple salchow jump. To her surprise, she discovers that her mother is in the audience. Inspired, Casey gives a highly rated artistic performance. The sectionals ends with Nikki going to the nationals and Casey becoming the runner-up. Gen's brother, Teddy (Trevor Blumas), gives Casey flowers to congratulate her, and they kiss. Later, Joan and Tina bicker about how many college courses Casey should take, Teddy and Casey's budding romance, Casey's sponsors, and Casey's future in figure skating.



Blumas said that he was put on hold for two months during the audition process, and that there had been "a lot of switch-overs with the directors".[2] Blumas ended up playing Teddy as a sort of father figure.[2] He began training to drive a Zamboni soon after arriving in Toronto; according to him, he later ended up smoothing the ice on some mornings at the rink where they were shooting.[2] Panettiere did much of her own skating, including a fast spin seen at the end of the regionals short program.[3] Trachtenberg trained for eight months, including the time they were filming (during which time she says she worked twenty-hour days).[4] She had to be on the ice longer than most of the other actors as she was one of the few adults on the film.[5] She had stunt doubles to handle the falls and some of the complex moves,[6] although Trachtenberg did learn a specific move that could not be done by a stunt double as the differences in their build would be apparent. She sustained some injuries while working on the film.[5] According to Trachtenberg, a mistake was made in one of the physics formulas her character recites, which was later fixed; a shot of the back of her head was used and the correct term was looped in.[6] Trachtenberg described the film as "not a Disney kitschy movie" and was somewhat apprehensive of the idea of a sequel for fear of belittling the original.[7] Cusack noted that the relationship between Casey and her mother had already been well-developed in the script, but said that it generated a good deal of discussion during the production, and Cusack ultimately described her role as "meaningful" in terms of the acting and also how it related to her personally.[8]

The film was shot from May 3 to July 23, 2004[9] at several locations in Toronto, including George Bell Arena, Western Technical-Commercial School, Christie Mansion and De La Salle College.[10]


Box officeEdit

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $6,807,471 in 2,501 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking #4 at the box office, behind The Ring Two, Robots and The Pacifier. By the end of its run, Ice Princess grossed $24,402,491 domestically and $3,243,000 internationally, totaling $27,645,491 worldwide.[11]

Critical receptionEdit

Film critic Roger Ebert gives Ice Princess three out of four stars and commended the film for its entertaining nature and ability to overcome cliche and "formula".[12] Reactions from other critics have been mixed, as 52% of the T-meter critics on Rotten Tomatoes reviewed the film positively.[13] Todd Gilchrist of IGN questioned the speed at which Casey becomes adept at skating and pointed out some other improbabilities and clichés, but strongly praised Cusack’s and Cattrall’s performances as emotionally powerful and fully human.[14] United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for Film and Broadcasting rated the film A-I (suitable for general patronage) and provided the film a modest praise as a good family film.[15] Oppenheim Toy Portfolio awarded the film their platinum award.[16] It is rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Zahra Lari, a Muslim figure skater from the United Arab Emirates, cited Ice Princess as an inspiration for her career.[17] A documentary about Lari and the film, highlighting Lari's career and Disney's influence on her, and including interviews with many involved in making the film, is currently in pre-production with Størmerlige Productions as a result of the #DreamBigPrincess campaign.[18]


Ice Princess: Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedMarch 15, 2005
teen pop
LabelWalt Disney Records
ProducerDesmond Child
Matthew Gerrard
Greg Kurstin
Jamie Houston
Leah Haywood
Daniel James[19]
Singles from Ice Princess: Original Soundtrack
  1. "No One"
    Released: March 18, 2005 (2005-03-18)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [19]

The Ice Princess Original Soundtrack was released on March 15, 2005 in the United States by label Walt Disney Records, features tracks by Natasha Bedingfield, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Michelle Branch, Aly & AJ, Jesse McCartney, and Raven-Symoné, and various other artists.[20] It peaked at number 53 on the Billboard 200 and at number 2 on Top Soundtracks.[21][22]

Track listing
  1. "Reach" - Caleigh Peters
  2. "If I Had It My Way" - Emma Roberts
  3. "Get Your Shine On" - Jesse McCartney
  4. "You Set Me Free" - Michelle Branch
  5. "Reachin' for Heaven" - Diana DeGarmo
  6. "No One" - Aly & AJ
  7. "It's Oh So Quiet" - Lucy Woodward
  8. "Get Up" - Superchick
  9. "I Fly" - Hayden Panettiere
  10. "Just a Dream" - Jump5
  11. "Bump" - Raven-Symoné
  12. "There Is No Alternative" - Tina Sugandh
  13. "Unwritten" - Natasha Bedingfield
Not included on the soundtrack.
  • "Ray of Light" by Madonna appears in the background of the Casey Carlyle's scene of the regional competition, but is not included on the soundtrack.
  • "Freak Out" by Avril Lavigne appears in the official trailer, but is not included on the soundtrack.
  • Instrumental versions of "Toxic" by Britney Spears and "Trouble" by Pink were included in the ice skating scenes from Zoe, but wasn't included on the soundtrack.
Chart positions for
Ice Princess Original Soundtrack
Chart (2005) Peak position
Billboard 200 53[21]
Billboard Top Soundtracks 2


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  13. ^ Ice Princess. Rotten Tomatoes.
  14. ^ Gilchrist, Todd (2005-03-17). "Ice Princess: Review: A surprisingly smart approach to otherwise formulaic material". IGN. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
  15. ^ Ice Princess. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for Film and Broadcasting.
  16. ^ "The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio". Archived from the original on 2014-08-27.
  17. ^ Middle Eastern women were once discouraged from sport. A new generation now chases Olympic glory.. The Washington Post, 2016/07.
  18. ^ New Documentary to Focus on Skater's Life, Disney Film
  19. ^ a b Phares, Heather (2005-03-15). "Ice Princess - Original Soundtrack : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
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