Olaf's Frozen Adventure
|Olaf's Frozen Adventure|
|Produced by||Roy Conli|
|Screenplay by||Jac Schaeffer|
Cory Rocco Florimonte
Walt Disney Studios|
Olaf's Frozen Adventure is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated featurette, produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is directed by Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers, who previously directed the holiday-themed Prep and Landing shorts. The film features the voices of Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Jonathan Groff reprising their roles from the original 2013 film Frozen. It premiered in 3D in theaters for a limited time engagement in front of Pixar's Coco on November 22, 2017, and made its television debut on ABC on December 14, 2017.
It is the first Christmas 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. Elsa laments the fact that because she had isolated herself most of her life, she and Anna were unable to spend time with each other. Olaf decides to look for traditions with Sven's help.
Going through the town, Olaf encounters various family traditions relating to Christmas, Hanukkah and Winter solstice. After a visit to Oaken, Olaf, Sven and their sleigh full of traditions travel through the snowy tundra only for a coal (from a portable sauna that Oaken had given them) to set the sleigh on fire. They slide down a hill and Olaf and Sven end up separated by a chasm. With only a fruit cake, Olaf attempts to travel through the woods and is attacked by wolves.
Meanwhile, Anna and Elsa discover some forgotten items in their attic where they find things from their past. Sven returns to Kristoff and informs him (in vain), Anna, and Elsa of Olaf's plight. They gather the residents of Arendelle to go look for Olaf. Elsewhere, Olaf manages to escape the wolves, but loses the fruit cake to a hawk and gives up by a tree not too far from the kingdom. Anna and Elsa find Olaf and cheer him up by revealing that they do have a tradition: Himself. After Elsa had shut herself away, Anna began annually sliding cards and dolls of Olaf under her door. As they all celebrate the holidays, the hawk drops the fruit cake on Olaf. Upon getting the fruit cake back, Olaf declares it "A Christmas miracle!"
- Josh Gad as Olaf, a talking snowman who was magically created by Elsa in the first film.
- Kristen Bell as Anna, the younger of the two sisters, the Princess of Arendelle, and Kristoff's girlfriend.
- Idina Menzel as Elsa, the elder of the two sisters and Queen of Arendelle.
- Eva Bella as Young Elsa
- Jonathan Groff as Kristoff, an ice seller and Anna's boyfriend.
- Chris Williams as Oaken, the owner of Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna.
- John de Lancie as Mr. Olsen
- Lauri Fraser as Mrs. Olsen
- Stevie Wermers as Candy Cane Mother
- Benjamin Deters as Candy Cane Kid
- Kate Anderson as Norwegian Cookie Lady & Cat Lady
- Elyssa Samsel as Kittens
On February 9, 2016, the short film was announced as a television special, to be aired on ABC, produced by Roy Conli, and directed by Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers. The title was revealed during the airing of The Making of Frozen: Return to Arendelle on ABC in 2016, and it was announced that it would feature original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson, the sister of Frozen songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez. However, in June 2017, it was announced that the film would instead receive a limited time theatrical release in front of Disney·Pixar's Coco, as it was deemed too cinematic for television. The main original cast, Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Jonathan Groff, returned, and the story follows Olaf as he tries to find the best holiday traditions for Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff.
The music was recorded by an 80-piece orchestra in May 2017. The short was the filmmakers' first musical. They noted the requirement to keep the plot "pretty simple", and commented that they removed anything that diverted too much from that story. The fruitcake jokes in the short are a continuing motif from the filmmakers' previous project Prep & Landing. As they crafted the story, the Frozen team had barely started sketching out the plot of Frozen 2.
|Olaf's Frozen Adventure|
|Soundtrack album by Various artists|
|Released||November 3, 2017|
|Label||Walt Disney Records|
There are four original songs in the film, written by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson, titled "Ring in the Season", "The Ballad of Flemmingrad", "That Time of Year" and "When We're Together". Film's score has been composed by Christophe Beck and Jeff Morrow. The full soundtrack was released on November 3, 2017 by Walt Disney Records.
|Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|1.||"Ring in the Season"||1:58|
|2.||"The Ballad of Flemmingrad"||Jonathan Groff||0:44|
|3.||"Ring in the Season" (Reprise)||Idina Menzel||1:16|
|4.||"That Time of Year"||3:03|
|5.||"That Time of Year" (Reprise)||Josh Gad||0:52|
|6.||"When We're Together"||2:50|
|7.||"Olaf's Frozen Adventure" (Score Suite)||4:27|
|8.||"The Ballad of Flemmingrad" (Traditional Version)||Groff||3:06|
|9.||"Ring in the Season" (Instrumental Karaoke Mix)||1:58|
|10.||"That Time of Year" (Instrumental Karaoke Mix)||3:02|
|11.||"When We're Together" (Instrumental Karaoke Mix)||2:49|
Olaf's Frozen Adventure was released by Walt Disney Pictures in 3D in theaters as a limited time offering on November 22, 2017, preceding screenings of Pixar's Coco. In the UK, it was shown before re-releases of Frozen on November 25 and 26, and December 2 and 3, 2017. On November 23, Disney announced the release of Olaf's Frozen Adventure on Disney's cable television channels in Latin America, along with Netflix, on December 8, and later on Mexican channels Azteca 7 and 13. Coco co-director Adrian Molina said that the short's placement before Coco was an "experiment" due to its length. It ended its limited run in US screenings on December 8. Due to its brevity, the film was released as a matinee in Gibraltar, after which the 2013 film Frozen was also shown.
Reception as pre-Coco short
The week after Coco's release in Mexico, local media noted audiences' strong dislike for the length of the short film. A few days later, all Mexican cinemas offered apologies, and removed the short from exhibition. American audiences had a similar reaction. It was reported that some theaters put warning signs up about the length of the Frozen short ahead of Coco. The Disney Movies Review felt that the choice to put a franchise-expander in the short film slot prevented a Pixar animator from sharing their unique cultural and creative voice. The Washington Post argued that the "emotionally complex work," of Pixar becomes jarring when paired with the "truly silly jokes and big, showy production numbers" of the short film. Mashable's review focused on the placement of the short before Coco, and deemed it a "horrendous waste of time".
Reception as TV special
The short made its television debut on ABC on December 14, 2017, as part of 25 Days of Christmas. It was viewed by 5.64 million viewers. Reviewers began to review the film as a television special rather than a pre-Coco short and had a favorable reception to it as part of the Frozen franchise. Simon Boyle of The Sun wrote that the short film "doesn't disappoint", adding it "provides a perfect bridge to the hotly anticipated full sequel". Indiwire deemed the short a "bridge" and a "setup" to Frozen 2, while The Mirror felt it would "tide fans over" until the next feature length installment of the franchise. Meanwhile, KSDK thought it was "an 'Adventure' worth taking," and Slashfilm wrote that "When We're Together" had the potential to be 2017's version of "Let It Go". Slate noted the short film's overt commercialism, and also thought it committed the well-trodden sin of turning a comedic side-character into the star, describing it as an "increasingly desperate one-man show". However, the reviewer felt ultimately won over by the music, animation, and heartwarming conclusion.
|Year||Award||Category||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Result||Ref.|
|2018||Annie Award||Best Animated Special Production||Olaf's Frozen Adventure||Nominated|||
|Animated Effects in an Animated Production||Christopher Hendryx, Dan Lund, Mike Navarro, Hiroaki Narita, Steven Chitwood||Nominated|
|Music in an Animated Feature Production||Elyssa Samsel, Kate Anderson, Christophe Beck||Nominated|
The film was made available in the digital format on December 19, 2017, while in the UK it was released as a Tesco-exclusive DVD on December 7, 2017. The DVD and Blu-Ray will be released on November 13, 2018
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