If you are a frozen fan, you are going to love the Olaf’s Frozen Adventure short that plays before Pixar's Coco.
I have three daughters, so Frozen was a movie that was always on in repeat in our home. My kids know every word to every song and most halloweens I have an Anna or an Elsa trick or treating with me. Seeing the moving through there eyes made me love Frozen even more. The story of family and sacrifice was an important one in teaching my children. The character of Olaf was always one of my favorites so I was so excited when I learned that there was going to be the short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure playing before Pixar's Coco. Finally, more Olaf! 🙂
"Olaf teams up with Sven on a merry mission in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 21-minute featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna and Elsa 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."
When I was in Los Angeles as part of the Pixar Coco Event we had the opportunity to interview the creators of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. We had the chance the pre-screen the short film and then have a Question and Answer session with. Directors Stevie Wermers-Skelton & Kevin Deters, Producer Roy Conli and Songwriters Elyssa Samsel & Kate Anderson. Here are 8 fun facts about Olaf’s Frozen Adventure that we learned from this interview.
8 fun facts about Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
- This film is about traditions. In doing research for this show they added goat motifs from a scandinavian tradition to be true to the area. You will see a lot of these goats in the film and on Anna's dress. Even today in scandinavian houses they make little straw goats.
- There are FOUR new original songs in the short film Olaf's Frozen Adventure. These were written by Songwriters Elyssa Samsel & Kate Anderson. Roy Conli calls them the "musical geniuses."
- Make sure and look for Easter Eggs while watching Olaf's Frozen Adventure. You can find references to prep and landing and Big Hero 6.
- Elyssa Samsel voiced the cute kitten in Olaf's Frozen Adventure, Kate does the cats owner and Stevie is the candy cane kids mom. Make sure and look for those moments in this fun short film.
- It was exciting to write the music for Olaf's Frozen adventure but also very scary because they had to follow the amazing songs of the Frozen movie. They really tried to live in the world of frozen as much as possible so they could really feel it. The music was important in pushing the story forward.
- There is a really neat knitted scene in the short film that gives a fun fantasy aspect where Olaf gets to go into his own head like he did in Frozen's Olaf Summer song. Each thread in this scene had to be hand painted.
- They knew from the beginning that they wanted to center this short film around winter and Olaf. The challenge was that Olaf is a simplistic character and was designed originally as a sidekick. Hard to take a character like that and put him in the center of a story.
- Frozen was made with a different rendering system than Olaf's Frozen Adventure so they actually had to rebuild everything for the short film. This system will also be used in making Frozen 2.
See Olaf's Frozen Adventure before Pixar's Coco in theaters November 22nd!