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Oh, I don't know why, but I've always loved the idea of summer. And sun, and all things hot.
―Olaf

Olaf is an enchanted snowman and a major character in Disney's 2013 animated feature film, Frozen.

Background

Official Description

He's Olaf and he likes warm hugs. Sprung from Elsa's magical powers, Olaf is by far the friendliest snowman to walk the mountains above Arendelle. His innocence, outgoing personality and uncanny ability to disassemble himself at good and not-so-good times lead to some awkward, albeit laughable moments. He may also have the world's most impossible dream, but what he doesn't know won't melt him—or will it?

Development

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Concept art of Olaf by Bill Schwab.

In early versions of the movie, Olaf was supposed to be one of the first guards of Elsa's palace when the concept of Elsa controlling a legion of menacing snowmen was still in the story (notably, the only snowman minion to remain in the film would be Marshmallow). Chris Buck compared that version of the character to a trial run of someone's first pancake where the cook throws out the pancake after the cook finds out that it is burnt on the bottom.[1]

In this version of the film, according to Jennifer Lee, Olaf was acerbic and often came off as mean-spirited as his attitude and persona greatly differed from what he would become in the final project. This actually led Jennifer Lee to advise the filmmakers to revamp the character entirely once she came onto the project.[2]

In order to keep him from getting too complex, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee wanted Olaf to have a childlike innocence. Akin when a child makes a snowman for the first time where the heads are never perfect, and the body is disproportionate. That was the idea for the directors when they were thinking what kids would think of a snowman.

Olaf had to earn his place in the film. Jennifer Lee says that he could not just be thrown in, that he had to have a purpose, and one of his purposes is that he is the embodiment of the love between Elsa and Anna.[2]

Personality

When Elsa flees Arendelle...she starts playing with the very magic she’s been hiding for so long. The snowman she creates comes from memories of the happy times she shared with Anna when they were young. Olaf represents that pure innocence and childhood joy.
―Jennifer Lee, Frozen screenwriter
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Olaf's dream of experiencing summer.

Olaf is an excessively benevolent snowman—optimistic, outgoing, and welcoming to all of whom he meets. The living embodiment of the bond between Anna and Elsa, and the memories of their youth, Olaf retains the childlike whimsy that surrounded the girls during their earliest days together, prior to their enforced separation. As such, he is childlike, far from a deep intellectual, innocent, and a hint too naive for his own good at times. Nevertheless, his imbued nature and devotion to the two sisters play an instrumental role in rekindling their broken relationship. The circumstances of his creation also results in the snowman harboring aspects and traits both sisters give off. Like Elsa, Olaf is selfless, constantly putting his safety at risk for the sake of those he cares about; most notably Anna, whom he immediately attaches himself to, upon their first meeting. Like the younger sister, Olaf is an extreme optimist, often remaining relatively calm in perilous situations, or giving words of encouragement during the darkest hours. Olaf also has a tendency to giggle a lot.

He has an odd fascination for summer, possibly because young Elsa made him a snowman who loves warm hugs, and according to Olaf, he sometimes fantasizes about what summer would be like for a snowman, completely unaware of the consequences of his ambitious dream, making the poor snowman hapless.

Aside from his dominantly goofy side, Olaf is shown to have some intelligence to him, seen during his time with Anna in the third act. Here, it is he who teaches Anna the true meaning of love, stating it is the act of putting someone else's needs before your own. After the climax, when Anna sacrifices herself for Elsa, thus breaking the icy curse, Olaf was the first to realize Anna's sacrifice was an act of true love (as it did not have to be romantic), and that act is what saved the kingdom. He is also not as oblivious as he seems, as he was quite skeptical about the trolls at first, when he thought they were mere rocks, even, out of love, urging Anna to run, believing Kristoff was delusional and potentially dangerous.

Olaf is also prone to making considerably sassy remarks in several scenes; the most notable example arguably being his jab at Kristoff, calling the mountain man a "funky-looking donkey" upon their first meeting. It should be noted that, due to his innocence, Olaf likely makes such remarks without any realization of the slight impudence, meaning he's merely speaking his mind and giving a genuine thought.

Physical appearance

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An example of Olaf's unique ability.

Olaf is a small snowman divided into three balls of snow (five, if one counts his legs), though he has the ability to rearrange his appearance at will. Three black rocks modeled as buttons are on his body, one on his midsection and two on his bottom. Underneath his bottom are two stubs of snow that serve as his legs to move around. He has two stick arms and three twigs on his head that resemble small strands of hair. On each arm are four fingers. His head takes up a third of his body, and is oval-shaped with a stretched face. The snow around the top of his mouth is shaped to resemble a buck tooth. In between his eyes and mouth is a carrot nose. When he was inanimate, his eyes were also made of rock. However, when living, his eyes are cartoony with black pupils. He also has eyebrows above them. Olaf's body parts are also capable of autonomy, and can be rearranged or separated from Olaf without any harm happening to him. He cannot feel pain either - when he walks onto an ice spike, resulting in the spike passing through his mid-section, he merely looks down and says "Oh, look at that. I've been impaled." and giggles. However, he can feel some pain, shown when Anna accidentally pushed in his carrot nose too hard. He seems to be ticklish when Kristoff pushed him away from Sven. Despite being made of snow, Olaf has human abilities, such as sleeping, eating (despite lacking a digestive system), breathing, and senses of smell, taste (despite not having taste buds), sound, touch, and sight.

Appearances

Frozen teaser

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Olaf coming across the Saffron Crocus flower in the teaser trailer.

Olaf and Sven star in the animated short used as the teaser trailer for the film. It begins with Olaf wandering around the snowy landscapes of the forest when he comes across a Saffron Crocus flower. Intrigued by its beauty, Olaf takes a whiff which causes him to sneeze, his carrot nose flying off into the center of an icy lake, where's it's spotted by Sven, who is on the other side of the lake. The sight of the carrot is enough to get Sven extremely excited and head onto the slippery platform to fetch it, making Olaf believe he is trying to eat it. A race for the carrot then ensues, and the duo finally reach it, but Olaf accidentally flings it back onto the snowy land. Sven's able to escape the lake and retrieve the carrot before Olaf, much to the snowman's sadness. However, Sven returns and places the carrot onto Olaf's face, revealing he was merely trying to help get it back. Overjoyed, Olaf thanks the reindeer, the two form a new friendship just before Sven's shedding causes Olaf to sneeze once again, though it's his head that goes flying off as opposed to the carrot.

Frozen

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Young Anna and Elsa with the newly built Olaf.

When Anna and Elsa were children, Elsa would use her snow magic to play with Anna. A favorite pastime activity for the two sisters was building snowmen. On one such occasion, Elsa helped Anna build their own snowman to play with. Named Olaf by Elsa, the snowman was not alive, though Elsa does voice him, saying, "Hi, I'm Olaf, and I like warm hugs!", to which little Anna says, "I love you, Olaf!"

Many years later, Elsa would exile herself from Arendelle after her snow magic was discovered and deemed dangerous. In the midst of embracing her abilities at her new ice palace home, Elsa recreates Olaf, but because of her greatly strengthened abilities, he is enchanted and given a mind and will of his very own, though Elsa was completely oblivious of her newfound creation. However, the enchanted Olaf has no memory of the moments spent with Anna and Elsa as a lifeless snowman years ago.

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The enchanted Olaf reuniting with Anna.

Olaf then wanders around the mountains alone and blissfully lost, until he bumps into Anna, Kristoff and Sven the reindeer, who seek to bring Elsa back to Arendelle so that she can bring back summer after she accidentally caused an eternal winter. Though initially phased by him, Anna decides to add a carrot nose to the snowman, much to his delight. After making introductions to each other (and Olaf mistakes Kristoff and Sven to have the same name as the latter), Anna soon recognizes Olaf and quickly assumes it was Elsa who built him, to which he confirms. Kristoff then tells Olaf of their mission to bring back summer after Olaf constantly asked what their intentions on finding Elsa were. Extremely giddy with the idea of summer and its warmth, Olaf decides to happily guide the group to Elsa's palace, though Anna refrains from telling him about the dangers of summer for a snowman, so not to disappoint, leaving Olaf comically in the dark.

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Olaf arriving in the ice palace to reunite with Elsa.

After a short journey, Olaf and the others find Elsa's ice palace, and the little snowman could not have been more eager, rushing up the icy staircase and to the main entrance door. However, Anna decides it may be best to enter alone, without Olaf and Kristoff, and request they remain outside for a minute. Olaf does just that, sitting outside beside Kristoff and counts to sixty, rushing inside once he does, completely overjoyed to see Elsa again. His presence proves there is love and beauty in her powers, and remind her of the joyful moments she spent with Anna. However, their childhood memories also remind Elsa of the haunting night when she nearly killed her sister, prompting her to leave the scene, asking Anna to leave once again. Anna refuses to leave without her sister, but the stubbornness only makes Elsa uncomfortable, causing her to lose control over her powers once again and accidentally freezes Anna's heart. Olaf and Kristoff run to her aid, but Anna claims all is well. She tries once again to get Elsa home, but the Snow Queen refuses yet again, forcefully prompting her next action due to Anna's stubbornness.

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Olaf and Marshmallow.

In order to keep them away, Elsa creates a personal bodyguard named Marshmallow, a giant snowman. Olaf is thrilled to see another enchanted snowman, but is immediately kicked out along with Anna and Kristoff. The harming of Olaf angers Anna, and the princess fiercely (or as fierce as she can seem) throws a snowball at the snow beast, provoking him and leading to a chase. Olaf tells the gang to move ahead as he will distract him, but with his body dismembered, that immediately proves to be difficult. Anna and Kristoff reach the cliff of a mountain, and begin making a snow anchor to lower themselves down safely. Olaf meets up with them seconds before Marshmallow, and tries his luck again in taming the monster, but to no avail. Marshmallow continues his pursuit for Anna and Kristoff, but Olaf tries to battle him, leading the smaller snowman to be kicked over the cliff edge, leaving Anna and Kristoff to be captured by Marshmallow, only to escape due to Anna's quick thinking, causing them both to plummet down alongside Olaf, though they all survive.

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A bewildered Olaf and Anna meeting Kristoff's "family".

Once they recover their energy, Kristoff notices Anna's hair turning white, rather alarmingly. To help, he takes the gang to a valley filled with mystical trolls. Along the way there, Olaf and Sven bond, forming a friendship, as does Kristoff and Anna, though in a romantic light. Upon arriving in the valley, Anna and Olaf only see what seem to be inanimate rocks. Judging Kristoff to be insane, Olaf urges Anna to run while he distracts him by pretending to acknowledge one of the rocks, just before the trolls awaken and welcome back Kristoff. Olaf joins in the trolls' cheer before realizing he was mistaken about Kristoff's name. Soon, however, Anna nearly faints due to the powerful curse, and Pabbie, the king of the trolls, arrives upon sensing the magic, informing Anna that if she does not perform an act of true love, she will freeze to death. The friends immediately rush back to Arendelle, believing a kiss from Hans, a prince Anna's engaged to, will break the curse.

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Olaf sacrificing himself to save Anna.

Along the way, Olaf is accidentally separated from the group, and informs them that he will meet with them at the castle. When he arrives, he finds Anna in the library, on the ground and quickly dying. After starting a fire to keep the princess warm, Olaf learns that Hans was never really her true love, forcing them to think over another course of action. As they do, Anna expresses her grief, claiming she doesn't know what "love" truly is. Olaf replies by explaining that true love is the act of putting someone else's need before your own, using Kristoff as an example, thus revealing the latter's true feelings to an unsuspecting Anna. Unfortunately, the fireplace's heat within the room begins to take its toll on Olaf, as he quickly begins to melt. He nevertheless refuses to abandon Anna in her time of need, proving she's capable of being loved after all, despite all that's transpired.

Suddenly, the library's window bursts open due to the strong winter winds, and Olaf rushes to close it. Before he does, he notices Kristoff and Sven rushing back to the castle. Knowing Kristoff is truly the one that loves Anna, the two try to head out to meet him, with Olaf aiding the dying princess out of the castle and into the fjords. However, the powerful storm blows Olaf away. Once he reunites with everyone, he finds Elsa mourning for Anna, who unfortunately froze to death sacrificing her life to save Elsa from Hans. As Olaf mourns, Anna is miraculously returned to life. Olaf realizes and exclaims that Anna's self-sacrifice for her sister was an "act of true love". His words help Elsa realize that love is the key to controlling her ability, leading her to thaw Arendelle and restore summer.

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Olaf's own personal flurry created by Elsa, allowing him to enjoy summer.

Overjoyed, Olaf smiles with glee, but quickly melts due to the summer heat. Elsa restores him and gives him a small flurry cloud to hover over his body and keep him completely cool, finally allowing the snowman to live his dream of experiencing summer and all its warm wonders. During the kingdom celebration, Olaf is seen throughout the village enjoying the sights and sounds of the warm season, taking a whiff of some flowers. The pollen causes him to sneeze, however, and his carrot nose lands directly into Sven's mouth. The reindeer does not hesitate to suck it up, saddening the snowman. However, this was only a playful trick, and Sven immediately places the carrot back onto Olaf's face, where it belongs, prompting the overjoyed snowman to hug his friend affectionately. Olaf is last seen in the castle courtyard, enjoying the newly made ice skating rink created by Elsa for the kingdom's enjoyment.

Frozen Fever

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Olaf with Elsa in Frozen Fever.

Taking place nearly a year after the events of the film, Anna's birthday has arrived, and Elsa is determined to make the day perfectly special for her younger sister. To help ensure every detail is precise, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven are stationed in the castle courtyard to assist with decorations. After putting the finishing touches on the cake, however, a mischievous Olaf takes a bite, immediately being told he's not allowed to, by Elsa, as the cake is for Anna and must remain in one piece until the princess' arrival. Understanding, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven are then left in charge to keep the courtyard intact until Elsa returns with Anna. Some time afterwards, miniature snow-babies (known as Snowgies) randomly appear, and instantly catch Olaf's attention.

Though the snowman is fascinated and excited by the sight of new "little brothers", the Snowgies soon begin causing a mess of things, and eventually make the birthday cake their target. Kristoff is able to use his swift movements to protect the cake, using Olaf's head as a weapon to knock them over. The Snowgies then tear down the "Happy Birthday" banner. Olaf volunteers to remanage it, but with disastrous results. By the time Anna and Elsa finally arrive at the courtyard, the Snowgies have been tamed, and Olaf excitedly welcomes the princess of honor, and unveils the surprise party attended by several friends and citizens of the kingdom.

At the end of the short, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven travel to Elsa's ice palace in the North Mountain, to have the Snowgies reside with Marshmallow. As Olaf walks them into their new home, he has appeared to have taken a shine to the Snowgies, even giving them names.

Sofia the First

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Olaf meeting Sofia in Sofia the First.

Olaf makes a guest appearance in the Sofia the First episode "The Secret Library: Olaf and the Tale of Miss Nettle", where he is called forth by the Amulet of Avalor to assist Princess Sofia in her latest crisis; an evil fairy named Miss Nettle has been stealing the flowers of Freezenburg for unknown purposes. Unfortunately, the summoning of Olaf was a result of a glitch within the amulet, which was damaged by Nettle to prevent Sofia from using its power to foil her plans. As a result of this, instead of a princess, Olaf was brought forth, and though the snowman tries to return home, he finds himself unable to do so, again due to the amulet's damage. Trapped with Sofia, Olaf accompanies the young princess on her mission, during which he unknowingly provides useful advice by encouraging Sofia to push on with her quest to defeat Nettle, despite a lack of magic—using Anna as an example of a powerless human accomplishing the impossible by relying on perseverance.

After it's revealed that Nettle stole the flowers because they originally belonged to and were stolen from her, Olaf advises Sofia to use kindness and love to hopefully reform Nettle, as opposed to defeating her, as the entire situation was a massive misunderstanding. Sofia does so by informing the King of Freezenburg about the misunderstanding, who in turns commissions a festival honoring Nettle as the fairy responsible for providing the only flowers capable of growing in their eternally snowy kingdom. A touched Nettle reforms as a result, and fixes Sofia's amulet as a token of gratitude. With the power of the amulet restored, Olaf begins to magically return to Arendelle, bidding goodbye to Sofia and openly hoping for the amulet to break again, so that he may someday return to visit.

Cameos

Olaf makes a small cameo in the animated mini-series, It's a Small World: The Animated Series, in the episode "Little Birds, Frost and Pine", being built by Anna and Elsa.

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Olaf in the promotional ad for Sky Movies.

In an advertisement promoting Sky Movies, Olaf makes a notable appearance sliding down a blanket of snow as he encounters the commercial's host family, only to accidentally ram into a tree. He is later seen, seconds later, alongside Anna and Elsa.

In the 2014 animated feature film, Big Hero 6, a statue of Olaf can be briefly seen during Hiro and Baymax's first flight through the city.

In a 2015 holiday advertisement for Target, a toy version of Olaf makes a brief appearance when he encounters the kids and Bullseye the dog and comments that the "sky is awake", referring to the stars in the sky. He then watches on as the girl puts one of the stars in a light socket, turning on the lights of the gingerbread Christmas tree.

Printed media

Olaf printed media

Since early promotion for the film began, Olaf has been a recurring character in several printed stories in the form of books, novels, comics, and other outlets.

Anna & Elsa: Sisterhood is the Strongest Magic

Olaf is a supporting character in these series of stories centering the relationship of Anna and Elsa, and their lives alongside their extended family (consisting of themselves, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven). Olaf plays several memorable roles in certain stories, including All Hail the Queen, where he spends the day with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Sven. At one point, Kristoff takes the group to meet and view the ice harvesters, where Olaf adopts a block of ice as his "cousin".

In A Warm Welcome, Olaf believes there is a queen equivalent to Elsa in a far away kingdom, but with powers over fire and heat. Believing her kingdom is trapped in eternal summer, the group travels over to give assistance.

In The Secret Admirer, it is confirmed that Olaf is aware of Hans' actions against Anna and Elsa, and has been noted to have a dislike for the prince as a result.

Miscellaneous stories

Olaf and Sven On Thin Ice shows Olaf taking the role of Official Arendelle Ice Master and Deliverer from Kristoff for the day. This story also confirms that Olaf now resides in the castle, alongside Anna and Elsa.

In Olaf's Night Before Christmas, Olaf discovers and celebrates his first Christmas. The book also features a CD, audio narration read by the snowman.

The book, Frozen Fever: Little Brothers, shows that Olaf makes frequent visits to Elsa's ice palace to spend quality time with Marshmallow and the Snowgies.

Video games

Frozen: Olaf's Quest

Olaf stars in the side-scrolling game where he crosses the Norwegian terrains in search of flowers to give to Anna. Along the way, he encounters Sven, Marshmallow, and wolves, among other obstacles.

Disney INFINITY

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The snowman's likeness is also featured in the popular Disney INFINITY, as a costume for the townspeople. Anna also mentions him, when she says to wait until he sees the new world in the Toy Box and that he would like it.

He was later confirmed as a playable character for Disney INFINITY 3.0, but only playable in the Toy Box.[3] His attacks include detaching his arm to use as a weapon, sneezing his nose off to attack enemies from afar, and a special attack based on "In Summer", where he summons the warmth of summer to melt the enemies around him, while posing in a lounge chair.

Frozen Free Fall

Notably, Olaf is also a companion character in the popular app Frozen Free Fall. He is unlocked upon reaching level 111. His special ability is "Hot Chocolate", which enables him to melt a selected tile, and every tile under it.

Before he was released as a companion, Olaf served as the game's mascot, appearing on the game's map, as well as the results board.

Other games

Costumes of Olaf were also featured in the Club Penguin episode, "Frozen Party", and LittleBigPlanet as part of the "Frozen Costume Pack". It should be noted that in Penguin, Olaf himself also makes a special guest appearance.

Disney Parks

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Olaf, posing for a photo at Disney California Adventure.

Olaf made his live, Disney theme park debut as a walk-around character on November 5, 2014, taking part in the nighttime event, A Frozen Holiday Wish.

Disneyland

During the winter season, Olaf was the host of the winter rendition of World of Color in Disney California Adventure.

Beginning in November of 2013, an animatronic Olaf began hosting Anna and Elsa's meet and greet in Disneyland, speaking to guests as they wait in line to meet the two princesses.

A puppeted version of Olaf also appears in Frozen: Live at the Hyperion.

His meet-and-greet spot was at "Olaf's Snow Fest", which was located within Stage 17 of Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure.

Walt Disney World

In Magic Kingdom, Olaf also makes an appearance being built by young Anna and Elsa in the Frozen segment of Celebrate the Magic, as well as on board the opening float for the Festival of Fantasy Parade.

Throughout the summer season, Olaf serves as a co-host (along with Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff) of the Frozen Summer Fun! event at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Olaf also has a cameo during the bubble montage scene in Fantasmic!, alongside Anna and Elsa. In spring of 2016, he began making regular meet-and-greet appearances at the park.[4]

At Disney's Blizzard Beach, Olaf and Kristoff are the hosts of the Frozen Games, taking place throughout the summer of 2016.[5]

In Epcot, an audio animatronic version of Olaf appears several times throughout Frozen Ever After, serving as a guide to guests as they venture through various scenes.

Disneyland Paris

In Disneyland Paris, Olaf served as the host of the winter rendition of Disney Dreams!, alongside Anna. He also appears as a puppet in Mickey and the Magician at the Walt Disney Studios Park.

Hong Kong Disneyland

In Hong Kong Disneyland, Olaf appears in the show Mickey and the Wondrous Book as a puppet, performed in Storybook Theater. The show is set when Mickey opens a magical book that can bring stories to life in a magical library, which Olaf falls out from. While Mickey tries to get the snowman back inside, the former is magically drawn into the book. From here, Mickey sets out to find Olaf's story after discovering the magic of the book and the power of its stories. Finally, Mickey and Goofy come across the story of Frozen and restore Olaf to his rightful place.

Shanghai Disneyland

In Shanghai, an animatronic Olaf is featured during the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration show in the Fantasyland theater. Olaf can also be spotted on the Frozen mosaic mural inside of the Enchanted Storybook Castle. In Mickey’s Storybook Express, Olaf makes a live appearance on the Frozen float, riding a sled being pulled by Sven.

Relationships

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Trivia

  • In the film, Olaf represents the happiness Elsa and Anna shared as young children. And, his desire to experience summer is symbolic of how Elsa wants to return to the old days of her childhood with her sister as her best friend.
    • Olaf's very creation is an expression of how hard Elsa's self-imposed isolation from Anna was on her. The first voluntary act she performs with her power (as soon she decides to "let it go"), is to build the snowman that Anna spent those long years begging her to make with her. As she creates him, she sings the words "Can't hold it back any more," revealing how dearly she always wanted to go play with her sister whenever she asked her to. It is possible that the sheer intensity of this long held desire was what brought Olaf to life, and if so, Elsa's later surprise when she discovers Olaf is alive may indicate that she never even admitted to herself how just badly she wanted to rekindle her friendship with Anna.
    • The destruction of the original Olaf marked the precise moment that Elsa and Anna's happy childhood friendship came to an end. Also, original Olaf, much like Anna and Elsa's friendship, was destroyed by Elsa's power running amok due to her internal personal distress.
  • Olaf may have been inspired by "The Snowman", another Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, where the eponymous snowman falls in love with a warm stove, but cannot be with it because he would melt from it. As a result, he does not enjoy the cold weather. Eventually, the weather changes, causing the snowman to melt away.
  • In the film, Olaf's elbows were specifically animated to never move with the exception of his fantasy sequence during "In Summer".
  • Olaf was specially designed to appear as if a child had created him, with an uneven shape and such, which is a reference to how Elsa models him at the beginning of Frozen when she and Anna are young.
  • The animation and staging of the scene between Olaf and Sven during the epilogue of the film is similar to the teaser trailer's animation and staging, right down to Olaf's exclaiming, "Hello!"
  • In the blizzard scene, Olaf is blown away into the sky by a strong gale, similar to Scuttle in the storm scene in The Little Mermaid.
  • Early on in the film, when Anna and Elsa were seen as kids, Anna tells Elsa "the sky's awake." Olaf would later said this to Sven when they enter the Valley of the Living Rock. Also, as kids, Elsa helped Anna ice-skating with Olaf. Then by the end of the film, Olaf helps Anna ice-skating with Elsa. These are likely to reflect the childhood Anna and Elsa once shared.
  • His role resembles that of the sparrows that assist Gerda in "The Snow Queen".
  • Olaf's name came from an Old Norse name "Aleifr," which means "ancestor's descendant" (referring to the fact that Olaf is Elsa's "descendant"), and is Nordic for "treasure". It is also pronounced "oh, laugh", referring to his role as comic relief.
    • Coincidentally, "Olaf" was the name of five kings of Norway, the country where Frozen takes place.
  • Before "In Summer", Olaf had a song titled "Hot Hot Ice" which was eventually scrapped.[6]
  • Olaf makes a cameo in Homer Simpson's video for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
  • In Frozen Fever, it is revealed that Olaf cannot spell or read.
  • John Lasseter, the Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios, was used as a performance reference for Olaf's line "He's craaazy..."[7]
  • In order to accurately animate Olaf's walk cycle to mimic the way a child would move, Olaf's supervising animator, Hyrum Osmond, used his son as a reference during production.[8]
  • Olaf is the only character from Frozen that did not appear on Once Upon a Time. The reason for this is because the creators of Once felt he would not fit into the story they were going to tell on the show.[9]
  • Olaf is the first Disney character that was not a princess to appear in the show Sofia the First, as well as being the first male summoned by the Amulet of Avalor.
  • During renovations of the Walt Disney Animation Studios building, beginning in 2014, Olaf was one of the character silhouettes featured on the wall mural.

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References


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Media

Films: Frozen | Frozen Fever | Frozen 2
Television: Once Upon a Time | Untitled holiday special
Video games: Frozen: Olaf's Quest | Frozen Free Fall | Disney INFINITY | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition
Music: Soundtrack | Disney Karaoke: Frozen
Books: Frozen: The Essential Guide | The Art of Frozen | Big Golden Book | Little Golden Book | Frozen: The Junior Novelization | A Sister More Like Me | Big Snowman, Little Snowman | Anna’s Act of Love/Elsa’s Icy Magic | Elsa's Gift | A New Reindeer Friend | Frozen Ultimate Sticker Book | Disney Read-Along | Storybook Deluxe | Graphic Novel | Phantoms of Arendelle | Olaf and Sven On Thin Ice | Anna Is Our Babysitter | A Frozen Heart | Frozen Fever: The Deluxe Novelization | Anna's Birthday Surprise | Olaf's Perfect Day | Anna & Elsa's Childhood Times | Across the Sea | Frozen Spring Fever | Melting Hearts | A Year with Elsa & Anna (and Olaf, too!) | Journey To The Lights | Kristoff's Crystal Adventure | Oaken's Invention | Time for Bed, Olaf! | Our Adventure Notebook
Anna & Elsa: Sisterhood is the Strongest Magic: All Hail the Queen | Memory and Magic | A Warm Welcome | The Great Ice Engine | The Polar Bear Piper | The Arendelle Cup | The Secret Admirer | Return to the Ice Palace

Disney Parks

Scandinavia | Frozen Summer Fun! | Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy | A Frozen Holiday Wish | Anna & Elsa's Boutique | Celebrate the Magic | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney Animation Building | Disney Dreams! of Christmas | Disney Magic on Parade | Disneyland Forever | For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration | Frozen: Live at the Hyperion | Frozen Ever After | Frozen Fantasy Parade | Golden Fairytale Fanfare | Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light | Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire | Mickey's Storybook Express | Mickey and the Magician | Mickey and the Wondrous Book | Once Upon a Time: Special Winter Edition | Paint The Night Parade | Royal Theatre | Storybook Land Canal Boats | World of Color: Winter Dreams

Characters

Frozen: Anna | Elsa the Snow Queen | Kristoff | Hans | Olaf | Sven | The Duke of Weselton | Grand Pabbie | Marshmallow | King Agnarr and Queen Iduna | The Duke of Weselton's Bodyguards | Trolls | Bulda | Oaken | Sitron | Wolves | Kai and Gerda | The Dignitaries | Castle Guards | Hans' Brothers
Frozen Fever: Snowgies

Locations

Arendelle | Elsa's Ice Palace | The Southern Isles | Weselton | Arendelle Castle | Valley of the Living Rock | Arendelle Chapel | Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna | The North Mountain

Songs

Frozen: Vuelie | Frozen Heart | Do You Want to Build a Snowman? | For the First Time in Forever | Love is an Open Door | Let It Go | Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People | In Summer | Fixer Upper
Frozen Fever: Making Today a Perfect Day
Deleted songs: Love Can't Be Denied | We Know Better | More Than Just The Spare | Life's Too Short | Spring Pageant | You're You | Reindeer(s) Remix

Objects

Kristoff's Sled

See Also

Ice Hotel | Musical | The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic | Frozen: The Official Magazine | Disney On Ice | As Told by Emoji | Frozen: Northern Lights


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Games

Disney INFINITY | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition

Playable Characters

Disney INFINITY: Jack Sparrow | Mr. Incredible | Sulley | Sorcerer Mickey | Lightning McQueen | Woody | Mater | Buzz Lightyear | Mike Wazowski | Randall Boggs | Hector Barbossa | Davy Jones | Helen Parr | Dash Parr | Violet Parr | Syndrome | John Reid | Tonto | Jack Skellington | Phineas Flynn | Perry the Platypus | Jessie | Wreck-It Ralph | Vanellope | Rapunzel | Elsa | Anna | Holley Shiftwell | Francesco Bernoulli
Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition: Iron Man | Captain America | Hulk | Black Widow | Thor Odinson | Hawkeye | Nick Fury | Loki Laufeyson | Maleficent | Merida | Spider-Man | Venom | Iron Fist | Nova | Green Goblin | Rocket Raccoon | Groot | Star-Lord | Gamora | Drax the Destroyer | Stitch | Tinker Bell | Aladdin | Jasmine | Donald Duck | Baymax | Hiro Hamada | Falcon | Yondu | Sam Flynn | Quorra
Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition: Yoda | Ultron | Luke Skywalker | Fa Mulan | Anakin Skywalker | Leia Organa | Han Solo | Ahsoka Tano | Darth Vader | Darth Maul | Obi-Wan Kenobi | Finn | Rey | Poe Dameron | Kylo Ren | Joy | Sadness | Anger | Fear | Disgust | Minnie Mouse | Olaf | Chewbacca | Hulkbuster Iron Man | Ezra Bridger | Kanan Jarrus | Garazeb Orrelios | Sabine Wren | Boba Fett | Spot | Judy Hopps | Nick Wilde | Peter Pan | Baloo | Captain America - The First Avenger | Black Panther | Vision | Ant-Man | Alice | Mad Hatter | Time | Dory | Nemo

Non-Playable Characters

Disney INFINITY: Hamm | Rex | Slinky Dog | Emperor Zurg | Joshamee Gibbs | Pintel and Ragetti | Edna Mode | Rick Dicker | Mirage | Luigi | Ramone | Flo | Chick Hicks | The King | Guido | Finn McMissile | Carla Veloso | Tractors | Art | Scott "Squishy" Squibbles | Terri and Terry Perry | Don Carlton
Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition: Wasp | Captain Marvel | Ant-Man (Hank Pym) | Sif | MODOK | Frost Giants | Iron Patriot | Winter Soldier | Mysterio | Doctor Octopus | Black Cat | White Tiger | Power Man | J. Jonah Jameson | Cosmo the Spacedog | The Collector | The Witch | Pleakley | Golden Harp
Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition: R2-D2 | C-3PO | Jabba the Hutt | Jar Jar Binks | Mace Windu | Padmé Amidala | King Candy | Marshmallow | Yokai

Objects

Cruella's car | Ratcatcher | Pumpkin Coach | Lightsaber | Darkwing Duck's gas gun | Black Pearl | Identity Disc | Plasma Cannon Mark I | Candy Kart | King Candy's Royal Racer | Pizza Planet truck | Recognizer | Light Runner | Pixar Ball | The Jolly Roger (Disney Parks version) | The Electric Mayhem Bus | Baseball Launcher


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Media

Toys and Merchandise | Mobile Application | Television Shorts

Franchises

Mickey and Friends: Mickey | Minnie | Donald | Daisy | Goofy | Pluto | Chip and Dale | Oswald | Ortensia | Duffy | ShellieMay | Huey, Dewey and Louie | José Carioca | Panchito Pistoles | Clarabelle Cow | Horace Horsecollar | Max Goof | Clarice
Pooh and Pals:Pooh | Tigger | Piglet | Eeyore | Rabbit | Owl | Roo | Kanga | Christopher Robin | Lumpy
Lilo & Stitch:Stitch | Lilo | Scrump | Pleakley | Jumba | Angel | Leroy | Dr. Hämsterviel | Ugly Duckling
Silly Symphonies: Donald Duck | Big Bad Wolf | Practical Pig | Fiddler Pig | Fifer Pig | Ugly Duckling
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Snow White | Doc | Grumpy | Happy | Bashful | Sneezy | Sleepy | Dopey
Pinocchio: Pinocchio | Jiminy Cricket | Figaro | Cleo | Gepetto | Blue Fairy | Honest John and Gideon | Lampwick | Monstro Fantasia: Mickey | Yen Sid | Chernabog | Hyacinth Hippo | Ben Ali Gator
Dumbo: Dumbo
Bambi: Bambi | Thumper | Miss Bunny
Cinderella: Cinderella | Jaq and Gus | Prince Charming |Fairy Godmother | Lucifer | Suzy | Perla
Alice in Wonderland: Alice | Mad Hatter | March Hare | Dormouse | White Rabbit | Cheshire Cat | Queen of Hearts | King of Hearts | Oysters
Peter Pan: Peter Pan | Tinker Bell | Wendy Darling | John Darling | Michael Darling | Captain Hook | Mr Smee | Nana | Tick Tock | Tiger Lily
Lady and the Tramp: Lady | Tramp | Si | Am
Sleeping Beauty: Maleficent | Merryweather
One Hundred and One Dalmatians: Cruella De Vil | Lucky | Patch | Rolly
The Jungle Book: Mowgli | Baloo | Bagheera | Shere Khan | Kaa | King Louie | Raksha
The Aristocats: Marie | Berlioz | Toulouse | Duchess | Thomas O'Malley
The Little Mermaid: Ariel | Flounder | Sebastian | Eric | Ursula | Triton | Max | Scuttle
Beauty and the Beast: Belle | Beast | Lumière | Cogsworth | Mrs. Potts | Chip
Aladdin: Aladdin | Abu | Genie | Jasmine | Jafar | Sultan | Iago | Rajah
The Lion King: Simba | Nala | Timon | Pumbaa | Zazu | Rafiki | Scar | Ed
Tangled: Rapunzel | Pascal | Maximus
Frozen: Elsa | Anna | Olaf | Kristoff | Sven | Hans | Snowgies
Big Hero 6: Hiro | Baymax | Fred | Wasabi | Honey Lemon | Go Go Tomago
Zootopia: Judy Hopps | Nick Wilde | Mayor Lionheart | Flash | Yax | Gazelle | Chief Bogo | Clawhauser | Finnick | Mr. Big | Bellwhether | Jerry Jumbeaux Jr.
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack Skellington | Sally | Zero | Lock, Shock, and Barrel
Toy Story: Woody | Buzz Lightyear | Hamm | Alien | Jessie | Bullseye | Stinky Pete | Lotso
Monsters, Inc.: Sulley | Mike | Randall | Fungus
Finding Nemo: Nemo | Dory | Bruce | Destiny | Bailey | Hank
Inside Out: Joy | Sadness | Anger | Disgust | Fear | Bing Bong
Disney Parks: Monorail | Walter E. Disney | Dumbo | Splash Mountain | Astro Orbiter | Matterhorn Bobsleds | Haunted Mansion | Albert
Phineas and Ferb: Perry
The Avengers: Iron Man | Captain America | Thor | The Hulk | Black Widow | Hawkeye | Falcon | War Machine | Winter Soldier | Ant-Man | Black Panther | Vision
Ultimate Spider-Man: Spider-Man | Venom | Green Goblin | Miles Morales | Lizard | Rhino
Guardians of the Galaxy: Star-Lord | Gamora | Rocket Raccoon | Groot | Drax
Star Wars: Luke Skywalker | Han Solo | Princess Leia | C-3PO | R2-D2 | Darth Vader | Yoda | Chewbacca | Stormtrooper | Wicket | Obi-Wan Kenobi | Queen Amidala | Jar Jar Binks | Darth Maul | Sebulba | Rey | Finn | BB-8 | Kylo Ren | Poe Dameron | Captain Phasma


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Media

Shows: Sofia the First/Videography | Elena of Avalor
Music: Songs and Story | Sofia the First (Soundtrack) | Sofia the First: Songs From Enchancia
Books: Disney Junior Storybook Collection | Disney Junior Little Golden Book Library | Sofia the First | The Floating Palace | Holiday in Enchancia | Princesses to the Rescue! | The Curse of Princess Ivy | The Secret Library | Elena and the Secret of Avalor | The Perfect Tea Party | Bunny Magic! | Sofia the Second | The Royal Slumber Party | The Halloween Ball | The Amulet and the Anthem | The Royal Games | Sofia's Magic Lesson | The Enchanted Science Fair | A Magical Match | Me and Our Mom

Characters

Princess Sofia | Queen Miranda | King Roland II | Prince James | Princess Amber | Princess Hildegard | Cedric the Sorcerer | Wormwood | Baileywick | Robin | Mia | Clover | Whatnaught | Goodwyn the Great | Winifred the Wise | Jade | Ruby Hanshaw | Princess Clio | Princess Maya | Princess Lakshmi | Prince Zandar | Princess Jun | Prince Hugo | Minimus | Princess Vivian | Crackle | Queen Cecily | Gnarlie | Trolls | Teeny | Ginger | Mrs. Higgins | Violet the Maid | King Magnus | Nigel | Lucinda | Princess Leena | Prince Jin | Magic Carpet | Jasper | Constable Myles | Prince Khalid | Meg and Peg | Boswell | Madam Ubetcha | Prince Desmond | Miss Nettle | Sir Gillium | Professor Popov | Helen Hanshaw | Oona | Queen Emmaline | Cora | Plank | Aunt Tilly | Wilbur the Wombeast | Suzette and Marcy | Admiral Hornpipe | Sven | Farley | Lulu | Emperor Quon | Empress Lin-Lin | Rex | Rosey | Prince Axel | King Garrick | Electra | Vaughan and Vance | Ogre | Marla | Sir Bartleby | Sir Maxwell | Sir Finnegan | Queen Anya | Gwen | Chef Andre | Sofia the Worst | Lady Joy | Lord Gilbert | Wu-Chang | Jade Jaguar | Sir Dax | Boo | Princess Lani | Mamanu | Kamea and Halia | Praline | Freedo | Princess Zooey | Queen Avery | Princess Astrid | Slickwell | Greylock the Grand | Princess Ivy | Dragons of Enchancia | Winter | Whiskers | Glacia the Ice Witch | Hexie | Director Dove | Elliot, Amy and Kurt | Tizzy | Master Erwin | Bryce Twigley | Button, Benngee and Brody | Mossy | Carol of the Arrow | Jane | Princess Kari | Miss Elodie | Fluke | Slim | Shelly | Flip | Mantacorn | Onyx and Opal | Wendell Fidget | Mrs. Fidget | Saffron | Muck, Gunk and Grime | Spruce | Ballerina | Mazzimo | Prince Roderick | Gavin | Kazeem | Sergeant Fizz | King Habib | Queen Farnaz | Chief Gnuckles | Flinch | Grotta | Queen Tessa | King Oberlyn | King Marcus | Herb the Hedgehog | Duncan and Herb | Elfonso | Elfred | Milo the Snake | Prince Derek | Sir Henley | King Henrik | Cordelia the Conjuror | Calista | Morgana | Crispy | Barley | Sassofras | Professor Zacharias Fleeber | Grand Mum | Gemina and Argus | Count Barnstorm | Raja Vijay | Sir Oliver | Sir Jaxon | Willawing | King of Brazendell | Kai | Princess Charlotte | Lily | Princess Elena | Princess Isabel | Francisco | Luisa | Shuriki | Alakazar | Zuzo | Mateo | Migs, Luna and Skylar
Guest Characters: Flora, Fauna and Merryweather | Cinderella | Jasmine | Magic Carpet | Belle | Ariel | Aurora | Snow White | Mulan | Rapunzel | Tiana | Merida | Olaf | Merlin

Episodes

Season One: "Once Upon a Princess" | "Just One of the Princes" | "The Big Sleepover" | "Let the Good Times Troll" | "Cedric's Apprentice" | "A Royal Mess" | "The Shy Princess" | "Blue Ribbon Bunny" | "The Princess Test" | "Baileywick's Day Off" | "Tri-Kingdom Picnic" | "The Little Witch" | "Two to Tangu" | "Finding Clover" | "The Amulet of Avalor" | "The Buttercups" | "Make Way for Miss Nettle" | "The Amulet and the Anthem " | "Tea for Too Many" | "Princess Butterfly" | "Great Aunt-Venture" | "The Baker King" | "The Floating Palace" | "Holiday in Enchancia" | "Four's a Crowd"
Season Two: "Two Princesses and a Baby" | "The Enchanted Feast" | "The Flying Crown" | "Mom's the Word" | "The Silent Knight" | "Enchanted Science Fair" | "King for a Day" | "When You Wish Upon a Well" | "Gizmo Gwen" | "Sofia the Second" | "Mystic Meadows" | "Princesses to the Rescue!" | "Ghostly Gala" | "The Emerald Key" | "Scrambled Pets" | "The Princess Stays in the Picture" | "Baileywhoops" | "The Curse of Princess Ivy" | "Winter's Gift" | "The Leafsong Festival" | "Substitute Cedric" | "Clover Time" | "In a Tizzy" | "A Tale of Two Teams" | "The Littlest Princess" | "Buttercup Amber" | "Carol of the Arrow" | "Sidekick Clio"
Season Three: "Cool Hand Fluke" | "Minimus is Missing" | "Cedric Be Good" | "Princess Adventure Club" | "Minding the Manor" | "The Secret Library" | "New Genie on the Block" | "The Fliegel Has Landed" | "The Princess Ballet" | "All the Sprite Moves" | "Sofia in Elvenmoor" | "Stormy Lani" | "Lord of the Rink" | "The Secret Library: Olaf and the Tale of Miss Nettle" | "Gone with the Wand" | "Bad Little Dragon" | "Bunny Swap" | "Her Royal Spyness" | "Best in Air Show" | "Dads and Daughters Day" | "The Tale of the Noble Knight" | "The Bamboo Kite" | "Beauty Is the Beast" | "Elena and the Secret of Avalor" | "Cauldronation Day" | "One for the Books"

Songs

Theme Song | I'm Not Ready to Be a Princess | Royal Prep | A Little Bit of Food | True Sisters | Rise and Shine | Princess Things | Anything | Perfect Slumber Party | Make Some Noise | Cedric the Great | Goldenwing Circus | All You Need | Blue Ribbon Bunny | I Belong | (You Can Always) Count On Baileywick | Picnic of the Year | Good Little Witch | The Ride of Your Lives | Bring My Best Friend Back | I'll Get My/That Amulet | The Buttercups | Make Way for Miss Nettle | Enchancia Anthem | Make It Right | Bigger Is Better | Who's That? | A Recipe for Adventure | The Simple Life | Merroway Cove | The Love We Share | Wassailia | Peace and Joy | Royal Fun | Sisters and Brothers | Two by Two | All You Desire | Huzzah! Huzzah! | Me and My Mom | Tilly, Oh Tilly | Friendship Is The Formula | Be Your Own King | Make Your Wishes Well | Believe in Your Dream | Keeping Promises No Matter What | Mystic Meadows | Stronger Than You Know | The Ghostly Gala | A Princess True | In Your Paws | Know It All | Helping Hand | A Kingdom of My Own | Smoke, Wings and Fire | Dare to Risk it All | From the Heart | I Feel So Free | Never Forget The Sorcerer's Secret | Hoppin' Out With You | Make Our Dreams Come True | Play With Us | It's a Small New World | Improvise | Any Deed For Those In Need | My First Flight | Wings of a Dream | Moment to Shine | Wendell's Way | A Better Me | When It Comes To Making Friends | It's Up To You | Do I Dare | Genie Rules | This Fliegel Has Landed | Gotta Reach a Higher Height | I Like You So Much | Elvenmoor | Happy Thoughts | Take A Leap | My Finest Flower | Magic Like Merlin | You're the Cutest Thing | Living It Up | Be an Expert Expert | I'm A New Horse Now | Dads and Daughters Song | Greatness of Me | This Panda Just Wants to Dance | The Broomstick Dance | My Time

Locations

Enchancia | Trolls' Grotto | Royal Preparatory Academy | Tangu | Merroway Cove | Wei-Ling | Mystic Meadows | Wildwing Valley | The Secret Library | Elvenmoor | Hakalo | Freezenburg | Enchanted Animal Park‎‎ | Brazendell | Avalor | Dragon Hold

Objects

Amulet of Avalor | Aunt Tilly's Carpet Bag | Enchanted Mirror | Floating Palace | Trident | Mermaid Comb of Merroway Cove | Enchanted Swing Set | Troll Clubs | Wishing Well | Emerald Key | Pin of Klutzenheimer | Flying Crown | Family Wand | Ice Lilies | Dazzleball | Snowdrops | Dragonclaw Wand | Kazeem's Lamp | Behind the Walls

See Also

Elena of Avalor | Buttercups | Spells and Magic

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