While I was in Los Angeles for the Pixar Coco Event, I also got to screen Olaf’s Frozen Adventure and chat with the animators, creators and more about this amazing short. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is a Pixar Short that shows exclusively before Pixar’s Coco in theaters. Head on over HERE to learn more about this short.
If you saw Coco in theaters, you had the awesome opportunity to see Olaf’s Frozen Adventure before the film. I am SUPER excited to announce that ‘OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE’ will make its broadcast television debut on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, AT 8 P.M. EST ON ABC!! Here is the official announcement!
“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” makes its broadcast television debut as part of Disney|ABC Television’s “25 Days of Christmas” celebration on THURSDAY, DEC. 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. The airing, first announced during production in early 2016, follows “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”’s recently completed limited theatrical run in front of Disney•Pixar’s hit feature “Coco.” The featurette includes four new original songs and welcomes back the beloved characters (and cast) who won over audiences worldwide in the 2013 Oscar®-winning feature, “Frozen,” the top-grossing animated film of all time. Disney Animation’s Emmy Award-winning holiday special “Prep & Landing” airs 8:30-9:00 p.m. EST.
In “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission. 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 Anna and Elsa’s “first Christmas in forever.”
Academy Award®-winning producer Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”) says: “We are thrilled to be part of ABC’s ‘25 Days of Christmas’ festivities. While making the film, our crew was so inspired by all of the great television holiday specials of the past. It’s a dream come true for all of us.”
“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” features the original cast of Arendelle characters, including Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad (“Marshall,” “Book of Mormon”); Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” “Bad Moms”); Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel (Broadway’s “Wicked,” “Rent” and “If/Then”; Fox’s “Glee”); and Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” Netflix’s “Mindhunter”).
In order to create more than 600 frames of animation in this sequence from “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” every character pose and background was painted on a predefined grid pattern. All of these painted assets were then assembled and animated (in sync with music) frame by frame, exported to a texture map, and then applied to a scarf model to accomplish this unique final aesthetic. #TechTuesday
About ABC Entertainment
ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, with new shows including fall’s No. 1 new drama, “The Good Doctor”; as well as “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” and “The Mayor”; and current hits such as groundbreaking dramas “Designated Survivor,” “Quantico,” “Scandal” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Once Upon a Time.” The ABC Television Network is also home to the Emmy Award-winning “Modern Family” and trailblazing comedy favorites “black-ish,” “American Housewife,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “The Middle” and “Speechless”; hit game shows “$100,000 Pyramid,” “Celebrity Family Feud,” “Match Game” and “To Tell the Truth”; reality phenomenon “Shark Tank,” iconic “The Bachelor” franchise, long-running hits “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” and the return of “American Idol”; “General Hospital,” which has aired for over 50 years on the network, along with daytime talk show “The Chew”; and late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The network also boasts some of television’s most prestigious awards shows, including “The Oscars” “The CMA Awards” and “The American Music Awards.”
About Walt Disney Animation Studios
Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013’s Academy Award-winning Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio’s timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Drawing Demo
While chatting with the animators for Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, we had the awesome opportunity to learn their process and also get a chance to draw Olaf ourselves. Wow, what a fun experience. Although I am far from an artist, I loved this opportunity and hope that you like my drawing ;).
The animators went over how they had to draw each scene and the process that they used. It was so super cool to hear and watch them talk about their experience. One of the animators would go act out each scene himself so that he knew what expressions and animations he needed to use. He truly ‘put himself in the film’ for this short.
Once we heard their process, we had a chance to draw Olaf. While I don’t consider myself an artist at all, I think that it looks okay! You tell me, what do you think?
Now, here is the animator’s drawing of Olaf …..