In front of Coco, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will delight us all for a limited time! Lovable Olaf is making us go awwwww in a big way. He will make us laugh out loud and teary-eyed as well. We screened Olaf’s Frozen Adventure during our Coco press trip. We also interviewed Directors Stevie Wermers-Skelton & Kevin Deters, Producer Roy Conli and Songwriters Elyssa Samsel & Kate Anderson. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is an Arendelle short that is absolutely beautiful! It all comes together for a fantastic adorable adventure that you will want to watch over and over again. Here are 6 Reasons Why Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Will Melt Your Heart as he sets out on a sweet quest. Thank you, Disney, for the all expense paid Coco press trip invite!
6 Reasons Why Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Will Melt Your Heart
As the movie creators shared it was a challenge to bring a sidekick to be the star of the show. Olaf has been a star of fan’s hearts for a while now, and he totally steals the show in the Olaf’s Frozen Adventure short. Our conversation with them revealed so much, and we enjoyed the short immensely.
Yes, Olaf will find some action-packed moments as a result of his good-willed quest. That in itself will melt just about anyone!
Fun fact: in this adventure, many different holiday traditions are featured, not just those from Scandinavia because Frozen tries to embrace the world. True Frozen is inspired by Norway, but it is fictional and universal. Arendelle is a place where you can find everything in it. The main thing is tradition and family. Keep in mind that there are winter holidays throughout the world all year round, so it is all integrated into this film. You might be wanting to learn more about a few of them or even include them in your own celebrations. Be on the lookout for a menorah, Scandinavian straw goats and bells that ring to mark the beginning of festivities, for example. Saint Lucia is also in this adventure (the hat with the candles).
2. Olaf is funny:
Olaf is funny in a very sweet way. His jokes and sometimes his unintended hilarious puns or actions pull at the tender side of the heart. But make no mistake you will be laughing hard.
Fun fact: when Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf, met songwriters, the first thing he said was the songs were too high. But the truth is that he masters them beautifully. Olaf lives in the high notes and Josh Gad nailed it effortlessly.
3. It gets you into the holiday spirit:
Even if you are on the Scrooge side of things, Olaf will have you wanting to be festive and join in holiday celebrations.
Fun fact: there are plenty of Easter eggs in Olafs Frozen Adventure. There is even a Baymax red armor glove fist in the sleigh! This is a nod to producer Roy Conli, who is an Oscar winner for Big Hero 6.
4. Traditions and family are at the core of Olaf’s Frozen Adventures
That in itself will get you warm and fuzzy on the inside. As you see Olaf bind the past, present and future of the princesses you can’t help but bring out the tissues and rediscover your very own life glue 🙂
Fun fact: no pressure, but John Lasseter asked the songwriters of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure to write the next Silent Night-I think they might have! The last song in the short took the longest to write… The musical masters these ladies are were very excited to be on board with the project, but then it became daunting to realize what they were working on. But they started living in the world of Arendelle and the characters really spoke to them. That paired with the musical background that already exists for Frozen put it all together for them.
5. The sisters come together stronger than ever:
Remember Elsa and Anna have been apart for a long time. This is the first time they get to celebrate the holidays together. Their excitement to do so is heartwarming and beautiful. You will see a more seamless coordination between the sisters. As a matter of fact, it is intentional that even their dresses have a closer color palette. Every princess out there will want to have the absolutely exquisite flowy Elsa dress from this short. Her trail depicts a Christmas tree!
Fun fact: it took a year and a half to create Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, and the biggest challenge was keeping it a short. There is always so much more material than what is needed. From behind the scenes, the team had a great collaborative work ethic and they all challenged themselves to tell a relevant, entertaining story in 21 minutes. So cuts do happen. Mr. Jingles is a goat that was cut out of the earlier versions of the film, for example.
6. You get to be inside Olaf’s head
Inspired by the Christmas party sweater parties, a knitted pattern gives us the chance to get a glimpse into Olaf’s head. The song that shows the pattern is all about his imagination and how he thinks. You can’t help but love him even more!
Fun fact: each of the threads in the knit sequences of the film is hand painted. It is not CGI.
Centered around Olaf and winter time, you will see a kid around the holiday time. Olaf is new and doesn’t know what a tradition is. So here he gives us a chance to talk about the ones we love and open ourselves to new ones we might adopt.
About Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission in a 21-minute featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb
the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends.
Get ready to sing your heart out after you get to listen to the new Frozen songs. You won’t be able to stop singing! By the way, the soundtrack is now available, in case you want to start practicing 🙂
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is a short worth melting for. Go get your tickets to Disney-Pixar’s Coco which opens in theaters on November 22nd, so you can catch Olaf!