The short was intended to be one of the segments for the proposed but never completed Fantasia 2006.
Set in Russia, The Little Matchgirl tells the story of an unnamed girl as she tries to make it through a harsh Russian winter, with matches her only way to make money. She later uses all of her matches to make her happy. At the end, a woman (assumed to be her dead grandmother), appears and takes her spirit to the afterlife. Her frozen body remains in the snow pile.