Pixar’s Coco hits theaters in the US on November 22nd — woohoo! For a limited time only, you’ll be able to see the newest short, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, before the film in theaters. While I was in Los Angeles for the Pixar Coco Event, I was able to see this fantastic short and chat with those who made this possible.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
We were able to sit down with Directors Stevie Wermers-Skelton & Kevin Deters, Producer Roy Conli and Songwriters Elyssa Samsel & Kate Anderson to chat about the making of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure and some of their experiences after we screened this short.
First, I want to tell you how much I loved this 21 minute short — it was amazing and I wanted to see more. We saw this short 2 times while in Los Angeles and I loved it both times. What I really liked learning about was the history and the different traditions that they tried to incorporate into the story line. I also loved learning about how the songwriters were inspired for this short.
Walt Disney Animation Studios heads back to Arendelle this holiday season, unwrapping “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” an all-new 21-minute featurette. With four new original songs, the featurette welcomes back to the big screen the characters that audiences fell in love with in 2013’s Oscar®- winning feature “Frozen.”
Family traditions are at the core of this short and chatting with Roy Conli really helped me to understand that. Roy shared that yes the theme is family and holiday traditions but that they also focused on friendship and welcoming friends and loved ones into our inner circles. Kevin Deters then shared that they wanted the theme of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure to be relatable.
One of the challenges they faced early on was how to create Olaf’s personality more than just a character that was in the background. Since this short focuses on his Frozen Adventure, they really had to explore and create more about Olaf.
The team worked closely with the songwriters Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson to create a seamless story. We heard from the both of them that creating songs for this short was challenging but fun! When you see this short, you’ll get attached to their songs immediately. They, just like in Frozen, are very catchy and fun.
You’re not going to be disappointed in Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. It will, probably, leave you wanting to hear and see more of Olaf’s story so be prepared. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure releases for a limited time only before Pixar’s Coco in theaters everywhere on November 22.
SO THIS IS WHAT HEAT FEELS LIKE — In Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 21-minute featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” Olaf’s merry mission to find the best holiday traditions is told in part through the original song “That Time of Year.” Featuring four new original songs written by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature “Coco” in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. ©2017 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
About Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) 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 (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. Directed by Emmy®-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), and featuring a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer and four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature “Coco” in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.
About Pixar’s Coco
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.