I watched this animation on VHS, 10 to 14 years ago.

It was about a girl (might have been about a boy as well) who ventured to a bewitched house. I remember the house to be black, castle-like, or Gothic, and it could have been smaller on the outside bigger on the inside. An evil witch lived there.

Long story short, the girl runs from the house, only to find out that some time - 2 years, not sure about that - has passed, and no one remembers her. She might have had a brother who aged significantly, or doesn't remember her as well.

She goes back to the witch's house and starts serving her. Also, the witch might have gotten younger.

I don't remember the ending, or anything else related to the plot.

It was dubbed in Russian, and the original language was most probably English, though I don't exclude the possibility that this was in Japanese.

  • Do you know the original language? – MissMonicaE Jan 12 '17 at 15:51
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    @MissMonicaE - no idea. It was most probably English, though it may have been Japanese as well. This is not Howl's Moving Castle though. It wasn't Russian, that's for sure. – Gallifreyan Jan 12 '17 at 15:58
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    Looking through the trope page for Year Outside, Hour Inside, the only thing that sounds remotely similar to what you describe is The Snow Queen which has animated adaptions in Russian. – CodesInChaos Jan 12 '17 at 18:47
  • @CodesInChaos - the trope link is cool, but it's not The Snow Queen. I remember the house to be explicitly dark. – Gallifreyan Jan 12 '17 at 18:55

Found it!

Карлик Нос (Karlik Nos), translated to English as Little Longnose. Adapted from Wilhelm Hauff's Der Zwerg Nase.

It appears I have mismatched almost everything in the story. The protagonist is a boy called Jacob. The wicked witched needs him for her wicked plans, but when he refuses to help her, she turns him into a hunchback with a long nose. Also the time he loses is 7 years, not 2 years. There is a princess involved, though she's turned to a swan.

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  • The correct spelling is "Zwerg Nase" (means "dwarf nose"). Can't edit myself because I'm told I have to change at least 6 characters (silly if you ask me, so it's not possible to correct a simple spelling error which occurs quite often I think) – Hothie Jan 13 '17 at 9:41
  • @Hothie - thanks, missed that when copying! – Gallifreyan Jan 13 '17 at 10:18
  • @Gallifreian ahhhh okay – MissMonicaE Jan 13 '17 at 14:32

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